Mission: Midwest Pesticide Action Center is dedicated to reducing the health risks and environmental impacts of pesticide use by promoting safer alternatives.
Target demographics: human health and the environment
Programs: Since our inception in 1994, MPAC (formerly SPCP) has been working on reducing pesticide exposures to children. We do this by promoting Integrated Pest Management (IPM) as a best practice. MPAC advocated for one of the nation's first laws to require IPM in Schools and Childcares. Since that time, we have collaborated on training teachers, administrators, engineers, childcare workers and others on IPM. We won a EPA Environmental Justice Award in 2008 for our childcare program. In 2009, we helped write and lobby for new and improved legislation that requires stricter protections for chemical lawn care applications on the grounds of schools and childcares. This program provides training and education on IPM to a critical audience and serves as a model for other states.
In 2010, MPAC was awarded a three-year EPA grant to reduce pollution in the Great Lakes by promoting natural lawn care and sustainable landscapes in the region - to cities, landscapers, and homeowners.
SPCP does such important work to protect our communities from pesticides. The information they provide on pests and how to deal with them is priceless. It's truly amazing, what this small organization has accomplished!
SPCP is small but mighty. It's programs have a tremendous impact on a wide range of people. They are effective because then not only provide information about pesticide risks, but also provide training and information on how to implement effective and safer alternative methods. Their work has served as a model for national efforts to reduce pesticide risk in schools, childcares, public and low income housing and elsewhere.