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.

Julian Cooper, Community IPM Project Manager

Julian manages a portfolio of community IPM projects for the IPM Institute of North America. His work includes programs for healthy schools, tick management and general facilities. Julian received his M.S. in crop science from the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign, where his research identified sources of quantitative resistance to Goss’s wilt in maize. His work in plant pathology introduced him to the ideas of IPM, and his desire to inform the public on the need for sustainable agriculture brought him to the IPM Institute after graduation. He can be reached at  (608) 232-1410 ex. 1007 or jcooper@ipminstitute.org.

Madeline Zastrow, Community IPM Coordinator

Madeline is responsible for the daily operations of the Green Shield Certified program and assists with the development of other Community IPM projects. She received her B.A. in Geography, Environmental Studies and Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Madeline solidified her passion for improving environmental and community health while working as a program evaluator for a nonprofit dedicated to farm-and-school education and community sustainability. Her interests include painting, watching Sunday night HBO and meeting up with friends at the Spanish conversation table.  She can be reached at  (608) 232-1410 ex. 1019 or mzastrow@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