Make the University of California System Herbicide-Free!

President Napolitano & the Regents of the University of California

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The spraying of toxic herbicides for weed control on UC campuses exposes students, staff, faculty, and the general public, to chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental harm, endocrine disruption, kidney damage, and more. Many of these chemicals not only impact human health, but are harmful to wildlife, plants, pollinators, and natural ecosystems, as UC's own research has shown.


Here at the University of California, we pride ourselves on our commitment to sustainability and our leadership in the field. As such, we, the undersigned members of the University of California community, are calling on the University of California to join fellow Research I universities in reducing and eventually eliminating the use of toxic herbicides on University of California campuses and substituting non-toxic methods to control weeds.

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To: President Napolitano & the Regents of the University of California
From: [Your Name]

Dear President Janet Napolitano,

The spraying of toxic herbicides for weed control on UC campuses exposes students, staff, faculty, and the general public, to chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental harm, endocrine disruption, kidney damage, and more. Many of these chemicals not only impact human health, but are harmful to wildlife, plants, pollinators, and natural ecosystems, as UC's own research has shown.

Within California, Los Angeles County and Marin County have eliminated the use of the herbicide Roundup, and cities such as Irvine, Carlsbad, Malibu, and San Juan Capistrano have either successfully adopted or committed to adopting an all-organic land management policy in public spaces.

This commitment would be an opportunity for the University of California to be a leader in the field, joining with other universities, including Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Arizona, Yale, and University of Michigan, to reduce or eliminate the use of toxic herbicides, substituting non-toxic methods to control weeds.

Here at the University of California, we pride ourselves on our commitment to sustainability and our leadership in the field. As such, we, the undersigned members of the University of California community, are calling on the University of California to permanently ban the use of glyphosate on our grounds, and to commit to transitioning to all organic land care maintenance on all University of California campuses by 2025.