Help Stop the Use of Pesticides with Harmful Chemicals at Denver Public Schools
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Help Stop the Use of Pesticides with Harmful Chemicals at Denver Public Schools

    1. Petition by

      Nicole Bauman

      Denver, CO

Denver Public Schools (DPS) is currently under contract with TruGreen Chemlawn for pesticide and herbicide application at every school in the district.  The pesticides and herbicides are applied twice a year, supposedly when students are not present.  However, last fall these chemicals were applied at Edison Elementary while a group of parents and students were congregated outside of the school and they were overcome by the "fog."  Research showed the pesticides in use contain 2,4-D, a chemical that may be toxic and harmful to human health. 

Because children’s immune systems are particularly sensitive to environmental toxins, we're asking for your support in letting DPS know that we find the use of these products unacceptable in areas where our children are playing.  The district contract for these services is up for renewal soon, and we want to ensure our voice is heard.  Please help us send this message by signing our petition!

Thanks in advance for your support,
The Edison Elementary Green Team

Recent signatures

    News

    1. In-Depth Coverage of Last Night's School Board Meeting

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Education News Colorado did a great in-depth story on last night's Denver Public Schools board meeting, highlighting the advocacy work Nicole Bauman and other parents are doing. The board made no decisions yet. We'll keep you updated.

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. The Press Coverage Rolls In: Education News Colorado

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Nicole Bauman's campaign got another mention in the media today. Education News Colorado covered this issue and quoted a DPS official as again saying they're "not opposed to exploring" alternatives.

    4. More Media Coverage: Today's Denver Post

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Nicole's campaign was in the Denver Post today, with a response from DPS: "We will definitely look at how we're putting it out there," said Trena Deane, executive director of facilities management. "We're willing to listen to any other stakeholders."

    5. Campaign Featured On Denver 7News

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Progress: Nicole Bauman was featured on Denver7News yesterday in a story about this campaign! Go to www.thedenverchannel.com. On the right side of the webpage under "Video," click on "More Video," then "Local" and you'll see the story.

    6. Update to Denver Public Schools pesticide use

      Nicole Bauman
      Petition Organizer

      We recently found out from Denver Public Schools administration that the contract with TruGreen will be in effect for one more year; however, we are asking the school district to request that the company use “environmentally-friendly” options for this remaining year and require such options in their bid next year. Some concerned parents will be presenting at an upcoming DPS board meeting on June 27th to express our concerns. Thank you all for your support!

    7. Denver Mom Says No to Toxic Chemicals on Public School Lawns

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      At the end of last year, Nicole Baumann heard a story that shocked her. It happened just outside her sons' school, Edison Elementary in Denver, Colorado.
      "Some parents had just mentioned it to me in passing," said Baumann. "They were standing outside...

    8. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Anne Maziar LONGMONT, CO
      • over 3 years ago

      I am a Denver Public School substitute teacher. Let's keep our children and teachers HEALTHY. No more pesticides!

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    • Esha Kaplan BOULDER, CO
      • over 3 years ago

      As someone who has been chemically injured and as a result is unable to enjoy a normal life, I stress the importance of providing protection from direct exposures of harmful and potentially harmful chemicals for children and other high risk groups.

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    • Karina Zedalis ESTES PARK, CO
      • over 3 years ago

      Stepping and saying, enough pesticides already, begins the journey back to balance. Weeds are generally pioneer specis that give clues to local soil health. Often they indicate toxicity in the soil or lack or organic matter. It's high time to work with the clues: sick people & pets & soil...and nurse them back to health with best practices that do not include toxic pesticides!

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    • Kathleen Christensen BOULDER, CO
      • over 3 years ago

      More and more research implicates pesticides in conditions from ADHD to infertility and from cancer to Parkinson's disease. Children are at increased risk due to their small size and immature immune and nervous systems. The pesticides remain active in the soil for weeks and sometimes months, and they get tracked inside, where they don't break down easily. These products should not be used around children! Check in with the City of Boulder and CU to learn who they're consulting with to provide safe lawn and ornamentals care.

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    • R A DENVER, CO
      • over 3 years ago

      I was born and lived in Denver all of my life. I remember every time the pesticide was put down I would become sick and miss school.

      Our tax dollars could be used for something better.

      To Jack Mehoff, I, like the rest of the members of this petition are very well aware of the government mandated light bulbs. Do what I did, tell Obama to shove the anti light bulb law where it may shine.

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