Benefits of PESP Membership...

Public Recognition
PESP publicly recognizes members who have
demonstrated their commitment to environmental
stewardship and made progress in reducing pesticide
risk. Such recognition may include:
• An article in the monthly PESP Wire e-bulletin, or
  the annual PESP Progress Report;
• A published success story;
• Coverage in press releases; or
• PESP awards.

Technology Transfer
• Workshops and symposia provide PESP members
  with a forum to address industry-specific
  challenges and solutions.
• Awards ceremonies provide PESP members with
  the opportunity to network.

Additional Benefits
• Use of the PESP logo.
• Assistance in tracking and learning about EPA
  actions regarding new materials.
• Support for members' existing outreach programs.
• Support for members' existing certification
• Umbrella  memberships for trade associations.
           PESP Regional Grants

In addition to its partnership program, PESP
provides funding to promote IPM and reduce
pesticide risks. The program administers PESP
Regional Grants to support sustainable IPM practices
and pesticide risk reduction goals of PESP. Each year,
PESP awards approximately $500,000 in the form of
10 Regional Grants.
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                                                                                                               partnerships that reduce pesticide risk

     Established in 1994, the U.S. Environmental
     Protection Agency's (EPA) Pesticide
     Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP)
is a partnership program that works with the
Nations pesticide-user community to reduce human
health and environmental risks of pesticide use and
implement pollution prevention strategies. One
of EPAs collaborative PestWise programs, PESP
promotes the adoption of innovative, alternative
pest control practices, such as Integrated Pest
Management (IPM) and the use of biological
pesticides, or 'biopesticides'. PESP  is guided by
the principle that—while government regulation
can reduce pesticide risk—the informed actions of
pesticide users can potentially reduce pesticide risk
more efficiently and to a greater extent than can be
achieved through regulatory mandates. Based on this
principle, program membership and participation are
completely voluntary.

Since its inception, PESP has been characterized
by rapid growth, experimentation, and innovation.
With PESP members engaging local communities
in awareness-building and other informed practices,
the program has evolved into a mature, established
federal program. PESP is EPAs premier partnership
program dedicated to reducing pesticide risk in both
agricultural and non-agricultural settings.

PESP  Membership

Who Can Join?

• Organizations that use pesticides,
• Organizations that represent pesticide users, and
• Organizations that have influence over the pest
  management practices of pesticide users.
PESP membership is divided into four groupings
of members who share common pesticide interests,
such as community IPM and sustainable agriculture.
Although PESP members represent diverse segments
of the pesticide-user community, they often share
common pesticide challenges.

PESP—Where Do You  Fit?

Where You Live
    • Homes
    • Apartment buildings
    • Gardens
    • Homeowner associations
    • Local, state, and federal governments

Where You Work
    • Office buildings
    • Industrial sites
    • Schools
    • Hospitals

Where You Play
    • Golf courses
    • Parks
    • Sports venues
    • Vacation and entertainment destinations

On the Farm
    • Growers
    • Grower associations
    • Food processors
    • Agricultural researchers
How Can 1  Join?

Joining PESP is easy! Potential members:

• Sign a statement pledging that environmental
  stewardship is an integral part of their pest
  management program and commit to working
  toward innovative practices that reduce risk to
  human health and the environment;
• Develop and submit a strategic approach to risk
  reduction and undertake specific, measurable
  activities toward achieving its risk reduction goals;
• Submit a brief annual report describing outcomes
  and progress based on their strategy.

Benefits of PESP Membership

Joining PESP gives organizations an opportunity
to demonstrate their commitment to environmental
stewardship by taking steps to put this commitment
into practice. PESP members can benefit from:

Improved Perception and Support
Membership can enhance public perception of
participating organization and increase constituent

Technical Assistance
EPA provides each gold-level PESP member with a
Liaison. Liaisons:
• Assist members transitioning from phased-out
• Help members develop their  five-year strategies;
• Provide information on EPA activities;
• Research where a product is in the registration cue;
• Provide information on grant/funding
  opportunities to support strategy implementation.