Welcome to SPIN!

Thanks for visiting the Sustainable Places Information Network (SPIN)! SPIN is focused on developing tools and ideas to help implement successful, ecologically-based management strategies in urban environments. Through our blog, videos, and discussion forums, you have access to the information you need to get green, while also getting the job done.

SPIN is different from other resource sites because you control the content. You can post articles and videos, you can create groups and discussion boards, and you can decide what information is most valuable. This makes it easy for you to learn from other experts in your field, and for them to learn from you. It works just like a blog, so all you need to do is create a profile and log in. SPIN is free and always will be, so sign up here when you’re ready.

This network was made possible by funding from the Cornell Douglas FoundationWestern IPM CenterWallace Genetic Foundation and the Bullitt Foundation.

SPIN is a project of the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP).

Words from the founding SPIN members:

Many of us who manage and maintain public gardens, parks, and open spaces strive to do so with few if any pesticides…It is often difficult to obtain the most relevant information and detailed procedures…SPIN could provide a vital link for public sector employees, such as me, to better communicate and assist each other in achieving our common goals.

-Bob Fiorello, Staff Gardener/Pest Control Advisor, Strybing Arboretum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

This project is in the forefront of web based technology that will facilitate information exchange in one location. It will reduce the need for face-to-face meetings and conferences, and provide other IPM professionals with needed information to supplement their programs and help reduce pesticide use.

-Martin Guerena, IPM Specialist, City of Davis, CA

With limited travel budgets and the continued need to stay informed, the ability to have a network of professionals to share ideas, concerns, and solutions is an exciting opportunity…The addition of this resource would be a profound advancement in getting the word out and taking information in.

-Joel Miller, Park Services Director, Willamalane Park and Recreation District, Springfield, OR

The information and online tools that will be generated from this project will benefit the parks people that attend our courses, because they will provide real anwers to real problems. The unique content that will be developed in this project has the potential to benefit other clientele as well.

-Tim Stock, IPM Education Specialist, Oregon State University

By utilizing current technology to facilitate communication among a broad network of IPM professionals, I am excited to learn more about pesticide free weed management in turf and in landscape beds, and the integration of conservation biological control efforts in large areas of public parkland.

-Gail Langellotto, Statewide Coordinator of OSU Extension Master Gardener Program

In this time of increasing concern about climate change, the sustainability of healthy public landscapes is extremely important. Our role as professionals is to promote and model sustainable management practices, including IPM, to the general public through our programs. The promotion and facilitation of IPM through networking has never been more worthwhile.

-Barbara DeCaro, Resource Conservation Coordinator, Seattle Parks and Recreation

Our community is becoming increasingly sensitive to our use of pesticides and we are always looking for new technologies that allow us to reduce or eliminate pesticides in our parks. As a founding member of SPIN, this project will allow me to easily share IPM information with my colleagues in both the U.S. and Canada.

-Chris Girard, City of Eugene Landscape Supervisor, Eugene, Oregon

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