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Protecting Pollinators - Webinar

Posted by Diane Wilhite -

More and more homeowners and gardeners are becoming aware of the threat that insecticides pose to pollinators and they are taking steps to reduce the use of these chemicals on their property.  Seeing this same trend among organizations such as government agencies, schools, hospitals, and businesses is very positive.  If you work for such an organization, read on and consider sharing the information below about an upcoming webinar.

Many organizations spend millions of dollars a year on landscaping and pest management and many have saved significant amounts and decreased the use of toxic chemicals through integrated pest management (IPM). IPM is an effective and environmentally friendly way to manage pests that uses a variety of practical approaches based on the life-cycle and behavior of insect pests. Some organizations have eliminated the use of neonicotinoid pesticides to protect bees and other pollinators. Neonicotinoids are a class of insecticides that affect the central nervous system of insects, resulting in paralysis and death.

On Wednesday, July 15th, Responsible Purchasing Network (RPN) and Friends of the Earth (FOE) are co-hosting "Saving the Pollinators", a webinar on purchasing strategies government agencies, educational institutions and businesses can take to protect bees and other pollinators.  The webinar is from 1:00pm-3:00pm CDT and one can register here.

During this webinar, you will learn about
(1) the latest scientific findings about neonicotinoids and their impact on pollinators 
(2) what leading organizations are doing to make their landscape and pest management efforts pollinator friendly
(3) how your organization can use its purchasing policies and practices to protect pollinators
(4) resources available to help organizations like yours take steps to adopt pollinator friendly purchasing policies and practices 

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