Benedictine forums stress benefits of pesticide-free, healthy lawns

February 27, 2015

FallCampusPhotoshoot10-4-2012-(117)Lisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine University will hold two community forums to encourage more homeowners and businesses to adopt healthier and more environmentally-conscious natural lawn care techniques.

The first forum will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, followed by a second forum from 4:30-5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22. Both will be held in the Presentation Room on the first floor of the Krasa Student Center.

The push to treat lawns without chemicals has taken on a renewed fervor following an American Academy of Pediatrics report linking pesticide exposure to rising rates of various cancers, asthma and neurological problems among children in the United States.

Concerned for the well-being of students and the community, last year Benedictine embraced healthy lawn practices on campus such as cutting grass to no less than 3 inches. The method allows roots to grow strong, access water more easily and minimize weed growth without using pesticides.

The Healthy Lawns at Benedictine initiative is supported by the Center for Mission and Identity’s Stewardship and Sustainability Implementation Team, Campus Services, the Faculty Assembly, Students for Ecological and Environmental Development, the Student Senate and University administration.

For more information, contact Jean-Marie Kauth at (630) 829-6272 or


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls more than 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the eighth consecutive year in 2018. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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