Pesticides known to cause cancer, birth defects and nervous system damage are widely used in school buildings and on school grounds in California despite the fact that children are especially vulnerable to the health impacts from these toxins.
Using pesticides at schools—where children and staff spend at least six hours per day—is dangerous and unnecessary. Since 1998, CPR has sought to reduce the use of pesticides in California's schools by producing educational materials, helping parents and teachers pass least-toxic pest-management policies in local school districts and working to change statewide policy towards pesticides in schools. CPR's victories include passing the Healthy Schools Act of 2000 and the Healthy Day Cares Act.
See links on the right for more information about how to organize a Healthy Schools Campaign in your community.