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Today marks the release of the Plant Don’t Plant consumer guide, created by the Pace Environmental Policy Clinic.

PDP_smOur card includes a list of 20 common native plants for consumers to purchase in the New York region as well as a list of 20 common non-native invasive plants for consumers to avoid purchasing. More complete lists can be found on the campaign’s website, plantdontplant.org.

As invasive plants continue to take their toll on the New York region, it is important that consumers living in the area know which plants they should avoid or embrace when they visit a local nursery. To make choices easier, the Clinic has created a pocket guide to the most common or popular invasive and indigenous plants in the region. Our plantdontplant.org site expands on the list.

Non-native plants not only can damage the environment around them but also become an economic drain considering removal or control is costly.

The Plant Don’t Plant consumer palm card was inspired in part by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s popular Seafood Watch guide.

The handheld consumer guide offers a way for consumers to make quick educated decisions and will provide information on how to take further action and stay connected with Pace University’s Environmental Policy Clinic and our partners, Westchester Land Trust and the Native Plant Center of Westchester Community College.

The cards will be distributed around Westchester County and the lower Hudson Valley and will be available through the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, Westchester Land Trust, Westchester Community College, Hudson Highlands Nature Museum and several garden clubs, including the Home Depot Garden Club in Nanuet, N.Y. As the public becomes more familiar with the “Plant Don’t Plant” palm card.

To order cards or for more information, contact the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies here. Please spread the word on Twitter using the hashtag #PlantDontPlant.

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