The following is an email sent by John Marlin on May 16, 2023:
Thinking globally and acting locally, Bee Campus USA brings communities together to sustain pollinators by increasing the abundance of native plants, providing nest sites, and reducing the use of pesticides. Affiliates of Bee Campus USA, such as U of I, also work to inspire others to take steps to conserve native pollinators through education and outreach.
The Bee Campus committee developed an official web page in spring 2018 and worked with Facilities & Services to develop a University Habitat Plan. In addition, with funding from the SSC, 4 small pollinator signages were installed inside and outside of campus buildings, giving facts about native plants and pollinators. 1 large pollinator signage is currently installed at the corner of Florida Avenue and Orchard Street, near the Florida-Orchard prairie, and will be ready for full display by the end of 2021.
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.
Several actions must be done in order to maintain the Bee Campus USA certification, including:
By actively protecting local pollinators, the Bee Campus USA certification is continuously bringing benefits to the community, including:
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