Student campaign bans pesticides at Drexel

Person using chemical spray against pests and weeds on a lawn.

After two years of advocacy, a pilot project and engaging multiple stakeholders, a group of Drexel University students have successfully lobbied Drexel Real Estate & Facilities to switch to a new program of organic land management across campus on all its lawn spaces.

Until this spring, Drexel Grounds employed synthetic herbicides on campus grass to keep turf healthy and eliminate stubborn weeds.

So, Drexel University’s groundskeepers will replace the synthetic chemicals campus-wide, with an organic turf program that includes organic fertilizer, overseeding and aeration. The decision comes after a group of students voiced concern about the use of weed killers.

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