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Implement an Integrated Pest Management Program

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Re: Implement an Integrated Pest Management Program

Dear Building Manager:

Our organization is striving to be recognized as a Green Business by the City and County of San Francisco. In an effort to achieve this designation, we are implementing several resource conservation and pollution prevention practices required by the program. By participating in this program, we believe that we are doing our part in helping make San Francisco a more sustainable City.

As a tenant in your building, we have limited control over contracts, maintenance schedules, and fixtures, which impact our environmental footprint and ultimately, our recognition as a Green Business. Therefore, we request your help in providing information relevant to our application as well as your support for improving the health and well being of your tenants. We also see this as a wonderful opportunity for the building management to be seen as an environmental leader. Specifically, we request your assistance in implementing an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program when controlling pests.

The Green Business Program requires recognized businesses to implement an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program when controlling pests. By their very nature, pesticides are dangerous to living beings: people, pets, and wildlife-whether they're sprayed on the food we buy or used in our gardens, parks, and places of work where they can poison the air or leach into the groundwater.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a decision-making process that utilizes regular monitoring to determine if and when treatments are needed, and to evaluate their effectiveness. IPM programs employ a mix of biological, cultural, mechanical/physical, educational, and least-toxic chemical strategies and tactics to keep pest numbers low enough to prevent intolerable damage or nuisance. Non-chemical methods and pest prevention are emphasized, and pesticides are used only as a last resort when other approaches prove insufficient. The goal of IPM is to achieve long-term, cost-effective, and environmentally sound pest control.

We request that you work with the pest contractor to implement an IPM policy. For more information, please visit We will call you next week to follow up on this request. Thank you in advance for considering the environment and the health of your tenants and staff when choosing methods to control pests.


PS. You can find more information about the SF Green Business Program here: