Our Vision

That every child can learn and develop in an environment that is safe, healthy and toxic-free.

Our Goals

  • End the purchasing of Round Up
  • Empower staff to properly practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Promote the use of safe, pesticide-free alternatives for managing pests and weeds
  • Educate community members on the health and environmental impacts of pesticide exposure

Why You Should Take the Pledge

  • We want to work to eliminate this chemical pesticide from the marketplace. Glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and it affects the neurological, endocrine, and reproductive systems.
  • We want to protect children’s health by preventing exposure to toxic chemicals by eliminating them at the source. Children are especially vulnerable to the impacts of this environmental toxin due to their relative size and weight.
  • We want to empower schools to use safer alternatives to protect the health of their students. Schools are well-positioned to act.  Pennsylvania currently requires the use of IPM, which uses non-toxic tools and techniques to reduce the use of chemical pesticides. Yet, we know many schools still struggle to manage pests on their grounds.

Take the Pledge

I am taking the Good Riddance Round Up pledge to reduce the use of pesticides in my school. I pledge to take action to protect children’s health by removing toxic exposure from chemicals like glyphosate in the spaces in which they live, learn, grow and play. I commit to working with my school or childcare center to end the purchasing and use of Round Up our school grounds.

  • For example, a class, environmental club, individual parent or teacher. Please include their names if different than above.

Pesticide Action Toolkit

We know that pesticides have been utilized for decades when it comes to managing invasive weeds, combating pests, and preventing mold in our homes, schools, and other public spaces. However, there is a growing body of evidence showing that exposure to toxic pesticides can cause both short- and long-term health risks, and children are particularly vulnerable to exposure to chemicals.

Recent research shows the use of RoundUp, a popular pesticide containing glyphosate, is becoming more and more common in schools. Glyphosate has been banned or restricted in over 30 countries worldwide since the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) release of a report that concluded glyphosate is a “probable human carcinogen” in 2015. Healthy Schools PA is striving to end this practice in PA Schools to better protect our children, teachers, and school staff.

We have compiled a Pesticide Action Toolkit to help you learn, explore, and engage in the campaign for pesticide-free schools. Feel free to download and use our free resources to educate your school community and take action!