Good Neighbor Iowa

Protect Iowa's children and biodiversity by choosing pesticide-free lawn care practices

Good Neighbor Iowa aims to reduce unnecessary urban pesticide use and to transform lawn culture to encourage appreciation of diverse lawns as a way to protect child health, water quality, pets, pollinators, and biodiversity. Good Neighbor Iowa is a state-wide public health initiative. Learn more and sign up to become a Good Neighbor today!

Natural vs. Artificial Turf

Is your school, park, or institution considering converting natural turf to artificial turf? It is better for both people and the planet to stick to natural grass! A conversation facilitated by the Collaborative for Health and Environment summarize some of the emerging and known health harms of artificial turf, “Researchers have studied a variety of contaminants found in artificial turf and different types of infill used to soften its surfaces. Concerns have been raised about polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), heavy metals, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), 6PPD-quinone, and microplastics, among others. Studies have also examined heat related illnesses, skin infections, and other human health concerns.” Listen to the whole conversation here.

To learn more about why it’s best to avoid artificial turf, see the resources below:

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Local Champions

What is a Local Champion?

 A Local Champion is a person who is passionate about seeing pesticide reduction in their community and wants to help expand the mission of Good Neighbor Iowa! 

By joining the Local Champion Network, you are connecting with a group of community members and representatives of partner organizations across Iowa who are working to reduce pesticide usage in their communities to protect children and environmental health. Local Champions receive quarterly newsletters to stay connected, offer opportunities to collaborate, share resources, and hear about outreach efforts happening across the state!

Steps to Become A Local Champion

  1. Sign up for the GNI Local Champion Quarterly Newsletter 
  2. Get Access to the Digital Local Champion Toolkit
  3. Read the Welcome document in the Digital Toolkit and Explore Local Champion Resources!
  4. Spread the word about Good Neighbor Iowa in your community, using the Toolkit!
  5. Stay up to date by reading the Local Champion Quarterly Newsletters and submit your success stories!

Learn more by visiting the Good Neighbor Iowa website!