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Bee Campus USA (In Progress)

Project History

  • 4/2/2018

    The campus recognizes that we need to support the pollinator population on campus.  Potential solutions include creating "Pollinator Pockets" in strategic locations throughout the campus grounds, and encouraging the use of native plants in appropr

  • 3/26/2018

    As a new student organization on campus, the Beekeeping Club will install and maintain two new bee hives located at the Sustainable Student Farm (SSF). Any honey produced will get sold at the SSF weekly stand on campus.

Description

Bee Campus USA (beecityusa.org) is a nation-wide movement to support pollinators on university campuses. A university that is Bee Campus USA-certified proves that they are progressing in awareness, native plant landscapes, and safe pest management. The current Bee Campus committee at UIUC is working to develop a University Habitat Plan and official web page this semester (Spring 2018). In addition, with funding from the SSC, we will be installing pollinator signage on campus this year. A goal is set to submit our first application for certification by June 2018.

 

Background

Interest in this project began in October 2017, at the AASHE Student Summit. Several residents of the Sustainability Living-Learning Community attended a workshop at this summit about the Bee Campus USA movement. These students were inspired by the progress of other universities and decided to start this project on our own campus. From that point on, the Sustainability LLC, Facilities & Services, Red Bison Ecological Restoration (RSO), and the Pollinatarium have collaborated to ensure the success of this project. The application process in this project must be done annually to maintain the Bee Campus USA certification.

Conclusion

Project in progress

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Project Team

  • Project Leader:

    Rachel Daughtridge

    Team Members:

    • Morgan White
    • Brent Lewis
    • Sara Mason
    • Joseph Kreiling
    • Vivek Sriramineni
    • Teylor Hunter
    • Lauren Paddock
    • Kate Smith
    • Bhairav Valera
    • Alaina Bottens
    • Nora Grasse
    • Jenna Mattes
    • Jane Halloran

Dates

  • Proposed January 31, 2018
    Proposed by Rachel Daughtridge
    Approved January 31, 2018
    Approved by Morgan White, Brent Lewis
    Started January 31, 2018
    Started by Rachel Daughtridge

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