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

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Organizational Unit

University College, Environmental Policy and Management


Environmental Policy & Mgmt

First Advisor

John Hill


Chicago, Integrated pest management, IPM, Municipal, Pest control, Pesticide reduction, Policy, Sustainability


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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