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Pesticide News Story: EPA Recognizes D.C. for Efforts to Protect Chesapeake Bay During Fifth Annual Green Festival

For Release: November 18, 2008

EPA’s Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) was featured during the Green Festival™, a project of Global Exchange and Co-op America held in Washington, D.C. on November 8 – 9.  The Green Festival™ included a Town Hall Meeting: Smart Choices Today – A Healthy Chesapeake Bay Tomorrow, with support from PESP, D.C.’s Executive Office of the Mayor/Office of the Clean City, and Wholeness for Humanity.  The Town Hall Meeting, attended by more than 100 members of the public, created a dialogue between local government officials and citizens about the choices and actions that both can take to safeguard and improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  During this event, PESP recognized one of its newest partners, the D.C. Office of the Clean City, for its efforts to increase public awareness of the condition of the Chesapeake Bay and to change behaviors that harm the Bay. The citation specifically recognized the city’s work in the area of rodent control employing reduced-risk pest management strategies.

Speakers included Tom Brennan—Branch Chief, Office of Pesticide Programs, EPA, Alisa Gravitz—Executive Director, Co-op America, Steve Carr—Advisor to the Mayor of Annapolis, Maryland, George Hawkins—Director, D.C. Department of Environment, Wanda MacLachlan—Educator, University of Maryland Cooperative Extension, Beth Mullin—Executive Director, Friends of Rock Creek’s Environment, and Tommy Wells—Chair, Chesapeake Bay Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC).

For more information on the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program, see https://www.epa.gov/pesp/.

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