PESTICIDE-FREE PLAYING FIELDS
**Network through the RI Asthma Control coalition, as a member of their School
Advocacy Committee – pass out info on chemical asthma triggers, recruit people to support P&PF initiative.
**Network through TIP presence at events – health, school & environment fairs.
**Network through TIP tables at locations such as the Children’s Museum and
**Network by giving talks for parents, school professionals, seniors, other groups.
**Meet with interested groups as opportunity arises, to discuss concerns and strategy.
**Network with organizations in other New England States to invite them to join
in the effort to eliminate pesticides from playing fields.
**Contact decision-makers to ask whether pesticides are being used on fields they
control, and if so what and when.
**Combine with others in an area to protest their use and call for healthier alternatives.
**Pass along information about pesticide hazards & health effects.
**Pass along information about alternative lawn maintenance without pesticide use.
**Sign a pledge in support of Toxic Action Center’s national campaign pressuring TruGreen ChemLawn to switch to healthier lawn care practices.
**Research what is being done in other states.
**Submit legislation to authorize towns and cities in Rhode Island to establish stricter lawn pesticide regulations.
**Submit legislation to ban use of lawn pesticides on school and day care play areas.
**Prepare informational materials for the campaign.
**Find effective speakers to support the campaign at public events and to groups.
**Compile & publish a “Less Toxic Landscaping” Resource Guide, including playing
field maintenance information.