Events, News

Chicago Grows Green

During Chicago Grows Green Week communities, advocates, and nonprofits envision a future Chicago landscape without synthetic lawn chemicals. No pesticides, no “Keep off the Grass” signs, and no environmental and health risks. That’s the future the Midwest Pesticide Action Center (MPAC), Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, and many others hope to demonstrate during Chicago Grows Green

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Stoughton Grows Green

During Stoughton Grows Green Day, citizen action groups, nonprofits, and advocates envision a future Stoughton landscape without synthetic lawn chemicals No pesticides, no “Keep off the Grass” signs, and no environmental and health risks.  That’s the future that Sustainable Stoughton, Midwest Pesticide Action Center (MPAC), and many others hope to demonstrate during Stoughton Grows Green Day,

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The MGG 2 year review

MPAC’s Ryan Anderson recaps MGG’s progress the past two years and the work we still need to do in 2018. On October 21st, MPAC completed its last Midwest Grows Green Kickoff Event of 2018 with the help of Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition. I’m happy that our last stop for 2018 was in Elmhurst, because in many

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National Honey Bee Day: Save Our Pollinators

MPAC’s Intern Sibyl Pan covers the global decline of bees and how to help our fuzzy friends. With National Honey Bee Day on August 19th fast approaching, we want to celebrate the essential role bees play for the ecosystem and food production.  Bees pollinate a third of the food produced by plants, 90 percent of all

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Creeping Charlie: How natural lawn care providers control them

MPAC’s Ryan Anderson takes you straight to the experts for managing pesky Creeping Charlie naturally I’ve hosted plenty of MGG Kickoff Events, presented at many community meetings, and attended numerous fairs to know that Creeping Charlie (or Ground Ivy) is a problem. Perhaps the most pervasive weed and the toughest to eradicate. I could refer

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Dieting your lawn

Your lawn’s out of shape! MPAC’s Ryan Anderson constructs a workout and diet plan for your lawn with help from a soil test. We need to manage our lawn’s soil similar to how one approaches a diet. The best dieters do their research beforehand by weighing themselves, tracking their eating and exercise schedule from weeks

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Top Ten Reasons Not to Poison Your Lawn

Jean-Marie Kauth, PhD, Associate Professor at Benedictine University, runs down the environmental and health concerns of synthetic lawn pesticides. Dandelions are pretty and edible Dandelions are good food for bees, which are struggling. Pesticides are harmful to wildlife, particularly amphibians. Lawn chemicals are expensive and consume fossil fuels. Pesticides have been shown to cross the placenta

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MWRD’s Midwest Grows Green Resolution

The MWRD Board of Commissioners recognized MPAC’s natural lawn care efforts by passing a resolution June 16th A raindrop falls on your lawn. It trickles through the green, entrenched mass, absorbing whichever chemical, fertilizer, and sediment in its way. Jammed full of matter, the droplet jumps into a storm drain and joins the crowd of

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