The City of Santa Barbara’s IPM Strategy promotes environmentally sensitive pest management while preserving assets and protecting the health and safety of the public and City employees. The purpose of this IPM Strategy is to ensure that the City:
Reduces and eliminates the use of pesticide products that pose known, likely, or probable human health or environmental risks;
Promotes the use of non-hazardous and/or reduced risk alternatives that are protective of human health and the environment;
Applies pesticides in a manner that protects and enhances our region’s natural resources and public health;
Acts as a model of environmental stewardship in the eyes of the public;
Maintains a leadership role in developing both ecologically sensitive and aesthetically pleasing landscapes and structures;
Practices a consistent standard of environmental stewardship by departments managing structures, landscapes, and other grounds; and
Establishes clear criteria for pesticide use, to reduce the amount and toxicity of pesticides and eliminate pesticide use on City property where feasible.