Title

Municipal Pesticide Reduction Strategies: A Sustainable Policy for the City of Chicago

Date of Award

8-14-2008

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Department

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Advisor

John Hill

Keywords

Chicago; integrated pest management; IPM; municipal; pest control; pesticide reduction; policy; sustainability

Abstract

Municipalities are experiencing a shift from environmental priorities toward sustainability-based initiatives. Larger municipalities are now assessing the cumulative impact of their operations on society, the environment and the economy. New policies have emerged to address these operations comprehensively; yet in Chicago, pesticide reduction, an important but often overlooked sustainable goal, continues to exist as a series of fragmented and incomplete policies that fail to tackle the issue city-wide. Two municipal examples point to the possibility of a successful comprehensive pesticide reduction policy - New York and San Francisco. Examining their approaches yields two key insights: there are thirteen crucial components to a policy; and policies must be accompanied by city-specific program recommendations to achieve success.

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