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Local Town Leads The Effort to Reduce
Pesticide Use in Schools

From the Boston Globe's Community Briefing Section

02/19/04 - Newton Massachusetts is the second city in the country, after New York City, to be certified for its school pest management program and reducing pesticide use in schools.  The award was given by the IPM Institute of North America.  Just after the state Legislature passed a law in 2000 requiring schools to reduce pesticide use in schools and develop pest management programs, Newton volunteered with the IPM Institute to be a test site for this type of program.  Officials say the techniques that are part of the program, such as using organic fertilizer and pesticide alternatives, are also being introduced in maintaining city-owned parks and athletics facilities.


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