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


Tom Green

Tom has been a national leader in market-based sustainability and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) initiatives for more than thirty years. He co-founded and directs the Institute, and served as a director of the Entomological Foundation from 2009 to 2015, and as a vice-president and president from 2011-2014. He was awarded the Foundation’s Medal of Honor in 2015. He has been a member of the Entomological Society of America since 1983, and served on the Presidential Committee on Science Policy and the Presidential Committee on Awards. He served on the Wisconsin Pollinator Protection Plan stakeholder development committee and currently serves on the Minnesota Pollinator Health and Crop Production Task Force. Dr. Green is a Certified Crop Advisor and a USDA NRCS-certified Technical Service Provider.  He holds a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Massachusetts and has authored or co-authored more than 100 publications and presented at more than 250 professional and industry events.

Kelly Adams

Kelly studied Art History and Art Studio with a focus on wood-working at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also attended certificate classes at the Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies, which fueled an interest in sustainable agriculture and environmental health, particularly school and community-based projects. Her interests include permaculture, wood-working, hiking and travel.

Ryan Anderson

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

Vytas Pabedinskas

Vytas provides soil and turf management technical assistance and expertise to MGG projects. Vytas has a Masters degree in soil science and education from the University of Arizona. He has taught soils, soil health, and composting in schools, at garden clubs, and teacher conferences. He is a member of both the Soil Science Society of America and the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition.

Alec McClennan

Alec is Founder and President of Good Nature Organic Lawn Care, a firm specializing in natural, organic fertilization and weed suppression for lawns, trees, and ponds on residential and commercial properties in Cleveland, Columbus, Akron, and Indianapolis.  Alec became a Master Gardener and Certified Turfgrass Professional at the University of Georgia. Alec is a member and past president of the Entrepreneur’s Organization in Cleveland and a founding member of the Organic Lawn Care Association.  He earned a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Partners and Supporters

City of Chicago
City of Evanston
Cornell-Douglas Foundation
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
Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc.
Village of Franklin Park