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Understanding Integrated Pest Management

Date: May 29th  

Time: 1pm (English)  

Duration: 1 hour  

The Institute for Childhood Preparedness, Region II Head Start Association, New Jersey Head Start Association, and the US Environmental Protection Agency have partnered to bring you the webinar, Understanding Integrated Pest Management. As part of this partnership, this webinar is being brought to you for free. Do not miss out on the chance to learn about this important issue that affects many Americans. 

Each year EPA Region 2 undertakes a focused initiative on pesticide safety for children.   Young children are curious explorers who often crawl on the floor, touch toys and other objects, and put their fingers in their mouths.  As a result of their innate curiosity and early developmental level, growing preschool children are most vulnerable to exposure from toxic chemicals and residual build-up from pesticides used indoors over extended periods of time. 


The goal of today’s presentation is to inform you about Integrated Pest Management (IPM), a strategy to provide a cleaner, healthier environment for young children and infants in your childcare settings.  You will learn how IPM emphasizes knowledge of the life cycle of common pests, the use of proper sanitation, mechanical barriers to keep pests out, changes in cultural practices, monitoring and evaluation of building maintenance practices, before considering the use of any pesticide.  The development of an IPM Program specific to your facility includes efficient organization of pest related paperwork, education of school personnel in IPM practices, and a coordinator whose responsibility is to ensure the overall success of the IPM Program. 

This webinar will be presented by the four following qualified professionals: 


Zachary Pendley has worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Region 2 since 2019, serving as a pesticides technical contact and outreach coordinator. In this capacity, Zachary helps lead a team that focuses on engaging and assisting communities across the region, particularly in schools and childcare facilities, to promote pesticide safety and awareness. Prior to joining EPA, Zachary worked for the US Forest Service conducting forest health assessments, and for the US Department of Agriculture performing research on invasive insects. Zachary is an alumna of the University of Delaware, holding degrees in both Wildlife Ecology and Agriculture.


Grace Hageman works at the US Environmental Protection Agency- Region 2 within the Chemicals Management Section. She works as a part of the pesticide team and participates in outreach for schools, to promote pesticide safety and Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Grace is a licensed Pesticide Applicator in the state of New Jersey and worked previously doing invasive species management and environmental conservation.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources from Rutgers University’s School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.


Vincent J. Cannavo has been assisting the US Environmental Protection Agency through a cooperative agreement with the Center for Workforce Inclusion, Senior Environmental Employment (SEE) Program for the past 10 years.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Science in Bacteriology and Public Health from Wagner College. He retired in 2014 after a long career with the New York State Department of Health working in increasingly responsible leadership roles in public health programs and health facility regulation and inspection/enforcement. He is an avid gardener who practices integrated pest management in his home and garden.


Lynne Gregory has been assisting the US Environmental Protection Agency through a cooperative agreement with the Center for Workforce Inclusion, Senior Environmental Employment (SEE) Program for the past 16 years.  She has researched, written, and presented programs on the topics of pesticide safety, school integrated pest management, and bed bugs to childcare, school administrative and maintenance personnel, public housing and private condominium organizations, and environmental groups.  Lynne is the bed bug contact for EPA Region 2.  Lynne graduated with a B. A. in Botany from Connecticut College, an M.M.A. degree from University of Rhode Island, and a Teacher’s Certificate from William Paterson University.  She formerly worked for Raytheon Company and American Cyanamid Company in their Environmental Divisions.  Lynne did legislative analysis related to FIFRA, TSCA, and RCRA, and was liaison between EPA and American Cyanamid, responsible for a number of the Company’s plant industry registrations.


2 days ago

I often play Head Soccer whenever I'm stressed at work. After entertaining for a while I will do it again in a more active way


May 22

It's reassuring to see that the webinar will be presented by knowledgeable professionals with diverse backgrounds in environmental protection, biology, and public health. snake game

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