The purpose of Keeping the Pests Out: The Economics of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Schools is to encourage the adoption of IPM in school districts across the country through informed expectations and decision making about its economic impact and outcomes. This project is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention and will inform school pest management policy nationwide.
Currently Seeking Applicants: Health Resources in Action (HRiA) is currently seeking Requests for Qualifications (RFQ) from school districts across the country to participate in an economic assessment of the implementation of integrated pest management (IPM) programs. We will select three school districts that are diverse in terms of size, setting and location; our plan is to include one rural, suburban and urban district.
Application: Request for Qualifications (RFQ) need to be submitted online. Please review [PDF Application] and gather information to answer all questions before you begin filling out the application. Applications will be reviewed and scored by a national committee. Selected semi-finalists will be requested to submit further information in writing and be asked to participate in a phone interview/discussion.
Deadline Extended! HRiA is accepting applications on a rolling basis through October 2016 – Applications will be evaluated as they are received until study needs are met. Please submit on-line (preferred) or by e-mail.
Frequently Asked Questions have been answered and posted.
- The economic assessment is provided free to the selected school districts.
- Each of the selected three school districts will be compensated $9,000 for their participation over the project period.
- Districts will receive a detailed cost analysis for their selected schools on pre-post IPM implementation. HRiA will conduct the analysis on two – four schools per district.
- Districts will receive national visibility (if they so choose). Case studies will inform school pest management policy nationwide. Districts may request that their case study be anonymous, or may choose to be identified for their participation in this EPA-funded project. We anticipate that project results will be broadly disseminated. This will potentially include publication in peer reviewed journals, webinars and case studies posted on numerous websites.
- The evaluation may help to identify best practices for IPM implementation, enhancements/improvements and/or cost savings measures. This may benefit selected districts when updating or improving bid specifications for IPM contractors.
Questions: Please send any questions regarding the RFQ to Carissa Sera-Josef- email@example.com or 617-391-9469.