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Pest Prevention by Design in Schools
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 02:00:00 PM EST - 04:30:00 PM EST

It’s easy to find yourself dealing with pest issues in the moment. However, much can be done to target the source, rather than the symptoms, of pest infestations.


The Pest Prevention by Design Guidelines provide school administrators, facility managers, architects, engineers, builders and the green building community information on designing pests out of buildings. For example, where a school may traditionally address a rat infestation with rat poison, the guidelines would recommend sealing the gap in the door frame that let the animals enter in the first place, putting a better lid on the dumpster out back, or removing the English ivy from the landscaping (a preferred rodent habitat). By following these recommendations, we can keep pests out, thereby improving indoor air quality and saving money over the life of the building.


Join us to learn how you can better incorporate pest prevention in your school district’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. Featured presenters will be:


Chris Geiger, Ph.D., IPM Prgram Manager, City of San Francisco

Robert Corrigan, Ph.D., Rodent IPM Specialist, RMC Pest Management Consulting


Space is limited to the first 1,000 to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information on how to join the webinar.


Please Note If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please contact us at school.ipm@epa.gov at least a week before the event.


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Featured Speakers

Robert Corrigan, Ph.D.

Dr. Corrigan has been active in urban pest management for over 30 years. He serves a consultant who specializes in urban rodent pest management on a international scale and also as a rodent control consultant for several cities around the USA. Bobby was a member of the Purdue University Entomology Department for 16 years as professor and researcher in rodent IPM. He has published over 160 technical articles in pest control and has authored/co-authored four textbooks and chapters in pest control including: The Scientific Guide to Pest Management Operations (2010); Food Plant Sanitation (2003); The Handbook of Pest Control (2011); and Rodent Pest Management (2001) and The Encyclopedia of Pest Management(2008). In 2005, he was awarded the EPA’s IPM Award for his novel approaches to pest control and food safety. In 2008, he was inducted into the Pest Management Hall of Fame; and in 2011 he received The City of New York’s Distinguished Service Award for innovative research addressing the control of rodents in New York City. Bobby holds an A.A.S degree in pest control (State University of New York); a B.S (urban entomology) from Purdue University, and his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in rodent control also from Purdue.

Chris Geiger, Ph.D.

Dr. Geiger has worked in the field of integrated pest management for 20 years. Since 2003, he has led San Francisco’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program, which has reduced the City’s pesticide use by over 80% since its inception, received the National IPM Achievement Award in 2006, and has been widely emulated nationwide. San Francisco’s pesticide hazard screening system has been adopted by several other public agencies, and is part of the US Green Building Council’s LEED green building checklists. Chris also led an interdisciplinary, national committee to develop the Pest Prevention By Design Guidelines, a compendium of tactics for designing pests out of buildings. In addition to his IPM duties, Chris is also in charge of implementing the Department of Environment’s Green Purchasing efforts, which researches environmentally friendly specifications for a wide variety of products purchased by City departments. He has served on a variety of regional and national committees, including the Advisory Committee to the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, the US Green Building Council’s Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group, the Steering Committee for the national Responsible Purchasing Network, and the Board of Directors for the Bay Friendly Landscaping Coalition.

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