Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Community Page

April 30, 2012 Print Friendly and PDF

Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Community of Practice (PES CoP)

Striving to enhance the effectiveness of pesticides while providing protection for people, plants, animals and the environment, the PES CoP seeks to provide the basic principles of stewardship for pesticide applications to:

  • agricultural and horticultural crops,
  • gardens and lawns,
  • residences and other structures

PES CoP Goals

  • Summarize principles of pesticide stewardship,
  • Provide resources (links) by stewardship topic, and
  • Provide educational modules and self-assessment tools.

The PES CoP complements the work of county Extension agents state-level Pesticide Safety Education programs, industry, non-profit organizations, and others engaged in pesticide stewardship. This website covers a wide variety of stewardship topics, ranging from pesticide storage, handling, and disposal to how to avoid drift, runoff, and leaching during and after the application.  

Tools You Can Use

  • Topics:
    • Each topic area provided through PES may contain fact sheets, educational modules, self-assessment tools, links to key external resources, and federal and state regulations.
  • FAQ’s:
    • Questions on a variety of subjects will help quickly steer a user to information that may answer a particular question. Found on and through the FAQ widget.
  • Educational modules:
    • Educational modules will gauge the user’s knowledge of a specific PES topic or the interrelatedness of several topics before and after reading a portion of the website contents.
  • Self-assessments:
    • Self-assessment tools will allow individuals to define their own PES situations and evaluate the environmental impact of alternative management practices and stewardship decisions.
  • Ask an Expert:
    • Used to field extension related questions from the public on the website and through the AaE widget.

Current Topics

  • Calibration
  • Container Recycling
  • Drift Management
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Pesticide Disposal
  • Pesticide Resistance
  • Pesticide Safety for the Homeowner
  • Protection of Groundwater/Surface Water
  • Protection of Non-Target Organisms & Pollinators
  • Pesticide Application Recordkeeping
  • Pesticide Spills- Prevention and Cleanup
  • Pesticide Storage
  • Pesticide Terms and Acronyms

PES Leadership and Development

A multi-institutional collaborative effort was initiated for the PES CoP in 2005. From this effort, a series of complementary informational web pages and educational resources have been developed and are available to the public through two websites: the Center for IPM's Pesticide Environmental Stewardship (PES) website ( (hosted by Cornell University) and

PES CoP Leadership

  • Ron Gardner, Cornell University
  • Wayne Buhler, North Carolina State University
  • Sharon Gripp, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Carrie Foss, Washington State University
  • Rick Meyer, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
  • Clyde Ogg, University of Nebraska

Pesticide Environmental Stewardship (PES) Webstite Partners

Scientists in academia, Extension, government, industry, non-profit and other organizations partner with the Center for Integrated Pest Management (CIPM) on the project. The Pesticide Environmental Stewardship (PES) website supported by the following organizations:

Bayer Crop Science
Certification and Training Assessment Group (CTAG)
Coalition for Urban/Rural Environmental Stewardship (CURES)
CropLife America
Dow AgroSciences
Entomological Society of America
EPA Pesticide Worker Safety Programs & Pesticide Stewardship Programs
Insecticide Resistance Action Committee (IRAC)
National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA)
National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA)
NSF-founded Center for Integrated Pest Management located at North Carolina State University
Syngenta Crop Protection
The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance (TPSA)
Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE)
Weed Science Society of America (WSSA)

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.