About Green Shield Certified

Green Shield Certified is an independent, non-profit certification program that promotes practitioners of effective, prevention-based pest control while minimizing the need to use pesticides. Because our approach addresses the underlying cause of pest problems, it is more effective than conventional spray-intensive services. Green Shield Certification is available to qualifying pest control professionals and to buildings and facilities where our standards are attained.

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Green Shield Certified and IPM STAR®

Green Shield Certified standards are modeled after IPM STAR, an established, award-winning IPM certification program for schools that has been operating since 2003. More than 20 school districts around the country have been certified under IPM STAR, benefiting more than 2 million school children!


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Green Shield Certified is operated by the IPM Institute of North America, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its expertise and accomplishments in promoting integrated pest management. The IPM Institute's Board of Directors includes experts from universities, government and business. The Board makes all final decisions regarding Green Shield Certified standards and is advised by the Technical Advisory Committee, comprised of university professors, non profit experts, consultants and industry leaders.



International IPM Excellence Award. In March 2009, Green Shield Certified recieved an International IPM Excellence Award at 6th International IPM Symposium in Portland, Oregon. The award recognized Green Shield Certified's efforts to reduce potential human health risks and improve the economic benefits of IPM adoption. Visit the IPM Symposium website for more award details.

2008 Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) Champion. In December 2008, The IPM Institute of North America, Inc. (the operator of Green Shield Certified) received the US EPA's Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) Champion Award. Named one of six "most dedicated environmental stewards," the IPM Institute was recognized for its efforts to improve the economic benefits associated with IPM adoption and reduce the risk to health and the environment. Read the US EPA's PESP Wire for more award details.


Program Affiliations

Housing and Urban Development's "Green Incentives" Program. Green Shield Certified is one of two national certification programs that qualifies for the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Green Incentives Program.

The US Green Building Council's LEED Certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance. Current LEED Certification standards for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance include integrated pest management credit requirements for both indoors and outdoors. Green Shield Certified is recognized by the USGBC as a qualifying certification for pest management companies contracting with LEED-certified facilities, and is recognized in the IPM credit requirements of the November 1, 2016 LEED v4 standards update as well.


Technical Advisory Committee

Mr. Luis Agurto, Jr. is CEO of Pestec, a family-owned pest control business serving the greater San Francisco Bay Area since 1986. Mr. Agurto has used his innovated prevention-based practices to provide effect pest control while reducing pesticide use and risk. Pestec, with its award-winning and nationally recognized IPM program, was the first pest management provider to become Green Shield Certified, a national certification with stringent IPM performance standards as well as the first to receive EcoWise certification, an IPM certification operated by the Association of Bay Area Governments.

Dr. Thomas A. Green is President of the IPM Institute of North America, a non-profit organization that promotes Integrated Pest Management (IPM), practices that reduce pesticide use and exposure in both agriculture and community settings. Tom is also President of IPM Works in Madison, WI , which provides consulting services to businesses and non-profit organizations on broadening adoption of IPM and other conservation-enhancing practices. He holds a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Massachusetts and is a Certified Crop Advisor and Technical Service Provider and chief scientist for the Eco Apple eco-label program.

Dr. Dawn H. Gouge is an Associate Professor and Associate Specialist in the Department of Urban Entomologist at the University of Arizona, teaching courses on Urban IPM, Arthropod Pest Diagnosis and Forensic Entomology. Dawn directs the Arizona Children's Environmental Health Coalition efforts which includes implementation of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in schools and child care facilities, and coordinates the Western Regional IPM in Schools Working Group. She has won a number of awards for her work with schools and the IPM Institute's IPM STAR program. She holds a Ph.D. in entomology and nematology from the University Reading in Berkshire, UK.

Mr. Jonathan Kaplan is a Senior Policy Specialist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) where he coordinates NRDC's efforts to promote sustainable agriculture and alternatives to pesticide use. Mr. Kaplan advocates for state and federal policy reforms to promote Integrated Pest Management and coordinates market-based initiatives to reward environmentally friendly pest control services and products in commerce. Prior to joining NRDC, Jonathan was the Program Director for WaterKeepers Northern California and the Director of the Toxics Program for the California Public Interest Research Group, where he helped win state legislation to reduce pesticide use in schools. He is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a master's degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Follow him on Switchboard, the NRDC staff blog.

Mr. Jack Marlowe is CEO of Eden Advanced Pest Technologies, a pest management company located in Olympia, WA. Eden has been involved with Integrated Pest Management (IPM) work for the past 18 years, participating in many IPM committees, including the IPM in Schools Working Group in Washington State, as well as the Western Region and National Strategic IPM working groups. Mr. Marlowe has served as an IPM consultant for many municipalities, school districts, and commercial properties, and has been an active proponent of IPM within the pest control industry.


Participant Testimonials

“We are grateful to Green Shield Certified for their help and support. The certification process helped us improve our IPM services and organization, and we are now more efficient and consistent in our approach to providing effective, prevention-based pest control. We're also better able to communicate that approach to our customers. We are very pleased that we decided to participate in this program!”
Rita Bonamo, President, Black Widow Termite & Pest Control, Valley Stream, New York


"Our Green Shield Certified service has already earned us multiple new accounts and many inquiries from customers interested in prevention-based, least-toxic pest control. Customers are choosing Peachtree Green because it is the only independently certified Integrated Pest Management service available in this area.”
Corey Arnold, CEO/President, Peachtree Pest Control, Norcross, Georgia


"The certification process was extremely beneficial to our companies for many reasons. Green Certification made us aware of areas in our green approach which required more attention. We became more aware, more enthusiastic, more focused, and more committed to green overall. We have begun to look beyond green pest control to a green outlook in all we do.

We are very pleased with the effort expended and the rewards we know we will see through doing the right thing for us, our customers, and the environment. Go Green!"
Lynn Frank, B.C.E. & Technical Director, Suburban / Magic Exterminating, Smithtown & Flushing, New York


"Green Shield Certified gives my customers third-party assurance that what we say is what we do. It tells them we're a cutting-edge pest control service provider."
Luis Agurto, President, PESTEC, Antioch & San Francisco, California



Praise for Green Shield Certified and IPM STAR for Schools

Green Shield Certified is based on IPM STAR, our widely embraced IPM certification for schools.

"I use IPM STAR as a goal and incentive when facilitating the implementation of IPM programs in school systems. The STAR system provides the most rigorous independent review process yet established. The benefits of using the process have been enormous, both to the school districts evaluated and the Arizona IPM in School's program in general. School Districts that go through the process are made aware of deficit areas and legal compliance issues. All of the School Districts I work with look upon the STAR process as an extremely valuable risk reduction exercise."
Dr. Dawn Gouge, Urban Entomologist for the State of Arizona

"I staunchly support continued funding for this program. Other school systems across the nation could greatly reduce the release of toxic pesticides in the environment."
Robert Rua, Director of Building Safety & Health, Buffalo Public Schools

"After... a very rigorous audit from you, it made us reevaluate the way we were doing our pest control... I strongly believe in this program and would recommend it to any school system."
James Brimmer, Assistant Manager, Buildings & Grounds, Dubuque Community Schools

"...so much knowledge was attained by going through this program. It enhanced our knowledge and gave us the opportunity to change some of our techniques which would improve the quality of work that in turn made our buildings safer for students."
Maria R. Moio, Pest Control Administrator, Pittsburgh Public Schools







What People Are Saying

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) recognizes Green Shield Certified for identifying companies that use innovative pest control solutions and reduce pesticide use.

"It is critical to our mission to have access to professional pest control operators that we can be confident are skilled professionals that understand the importance of safe and effective pest management.  The Green Shield program provides us with the credible 3rd party certification we need for that assurance.  I applaud their hard work and consistent effort to maintain high quality standards and reduce pesticide use and toxicity.”
Rachel Rosenberg, Executive Director, Safer Pest Control Project, Chicago, Ilinois

"Customers need an easy way to cut through the 'greenwashing' and find pest management companies that truly embrace an integrated pest management philosophy. Credible, rigorous, independent certification programs - like Green Shield - fill a critical need."
Chris Geiger, Ph.D., IPM Program Manager, City & County of San Francisco, California

“I am highly complimentary of the Green Shield Certified mark and standards, since it clearly identifies smarter practices.  This Certification gives all parents and homeowners the peace of mind that non-chemical and effective approaches are being used, credible experts are involved, and the health of the children, pets, and environment are considered with every decision.”
Christopher Gavigan, CEO & Executive Director, Healthy Child Healthy World

"The Green Shield Certification system, like the Breast Cancer Fund, is grounded in prevention-based strategies to combat problems and we wholeheartedly support this effort."
Janet Nudelman, Director of Program & Policy, Breast Cancer Fund

"We're delighted that Green Shield Certified gives our Green Restaurant Association members an easy way to find pest control services that fit their values."
Michael Oshman, Executive Director, Green Restaurant Association


Additional Supporting Organizations

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New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG)

Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR)