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Experts Discuss Alternatives to Pesticides at Cleveland Botanical Garden’s ‘Healthier, Cleaner, Greener’ Forum

Learn how one school district saved a quarter million dollars by using green cleaning supplies and organic turf-care products at Cleveland Botanical Garden’s next Sustainability Series event.

The “Healthier, Cleaner, Greener Schools & Facilities: Save Money and the Environment” symposium runs 8:00 am to noon on Friday, June 15, at the Garden’s Clark Hall. Admission is $25 for Garden members and $35 for non-members, and advance registration is encouraged by calling (216) 721-1600 ext. 100 or visiting Parking and light refreshments are included.

The program also will focus on the health and environmental benefits of reducing pesticide use in communities, as well as how and why Cuyahoga County banned pesticides on all of its properties.

Presenters include:

  • Patrick Pizzo, director of facilities and operations, East Meadow Schools, Westbury, New York: “Our District Saves Over $250,000 per Year by Using Green Cleaning Products and Organic Turf Care Practices on Playing Fields and Grounds. You Can Save, Too”
  • Sunny M. Simon and Julian Rogers, Cuyahoga County Council members: “Banning Pesticides on County Properties: Policy Imperatives for Healthy Communities”
  • Alec McClennan, president, Good Nature Organic Lawn Care: “Creating Safe and Affordable Organic Landscapes and Playing Fields”
  • Dr. Aparna Bole, pediatrician and sustainability manager, University Hospitals: “Health Benefits of Reducing Pesticide and Chemical Exposure”

Continuing education credits are available for attending this program through the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System and other professional development organizations. For details, call (216) 721-1600 ext. 149.

“Healthier, Cleaner, Greener Schools & Facilities” is supported by Fairmount Minerals and Beyond Pesticides Ohio.


Cleveland Botanical Garden receives public support through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

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