About Us

Midwest Grows Green is an initiative of the IPM Institute of North America, Inc. that accomplishes large scale behavior change by sharing pesticide and fertilizer reduction information at critical places where lawns influence our lives. The IPM Institute is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit started in 1998 that improves sustainability in agriculture and communities through market mechanisms based in Integrated Pest Management. The IPM Institute acquired Midwest Grows Green from the Midwest Pesticide Action Center, the initiative’s founder, in 2019. Read more about MGG and the IPM Institute below:  Staff, Board of Directors, Advisory Council, Partners and Supporters


Ryan Anderson, Community IPM Outreach Specialist

Ryan leads and implements Midwest Grows Green and supports the IPM Institute with its other community programs. A 2016 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Fellow, Ryan has extensive experience advancing science-based solutions in urban and residential communities. Ryan has a Masters of Sustainable Solutions from Arizona State University and holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Biology and Electronic Journalism from Butler University. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, playing sports and reading the next iconic fantasy novel series. He can be reached at  (773) 878-8245 or randerson@ipminstitute.org.

Valerie McGoldrick, Community IPM Coordinator

Valerie helps support Midwest Grows Green programs. She also works on community IPM programs for the IPM Institute including school IPM and Green Shield Certified. Valerie has a B.S. in Soil and Crop Science and Environmental Horticulture with a minor in Social and Environmental Justice from the University of Wisconsin Platteville. Previously she has worked on implementing sustainable pest management on vegetable farms, gardens, and zoo landscaping. In her free time she enjoys cycling, hiking, and gardening. She can be reached at (608)-232-1410 X 1017 or vmcgoldrick@ipminstitute.org

Advocacy Committee

Partners and Supporters

City of Boulder
City of Chicago
City of Evanston
Clif Bar Family Foundation
EarthShare Illinois
Environmental Protection Agency
Fund for Lake Michigan
Illinois Department of Public Health
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
Lumpkin Family Foundation
North Central IPM Center
Oberweiler Foundation
Pesticide Action Network of North America
Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc.
Village of Franklin Park