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Bee Campus USA (Ongoing)

Project History

  • 10/17/2022

    Attached is the "Save the Date! March Monarch Meeting" invitation:

  • 2/27/2022

    Join Piatt County Master Gardener Kent McFarland as he explains the importance of having a Mason Bee House in your garden, and walks you through the steps of building one using recycled and natural materials.



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: 

  1. Establish a standing Bee Campus USA committee. 
  2. Create and enhance pollinator habitat on campus by increasing the abundance of native plants and providing nest sites. 
  3. Reduce the use of pesticides. 
  4. Offer courses or continuing education opportunities that incorporate pollinator conservation. 
  5. Offer service-learning projects to enhance pollinator habitat. 
  6. Display signage focused on pollinator conservation. 
  7. Maintain an online presence for Bee Campus USA activities. 
  8. Annually apply for renewal and report on the previous year’s activities. 

By actively protecting local pollinators, the Bee Campus USA certification is continuously bringing benefits to the community, including: 

  1. Ensure the survival of vital animal species including bees and other pollinators crucial to the health of our environment. 
  2. Build community locally and nationally through bringing your campus together around a positive, shared cause and connect with communities across the country that have made the same commitment. 
  3. Improve local food production and raise community awareness of how our food grows. 
  4. Support small, local businesses including native plant nurseries and pollinator-friendly landscaping. 
  5. Address pest problems with fewer pesticides using integrated pest management. 
  6. Heighten awareness of biological diversity. 

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Pollinator-Friendly Areas

Project Team

  • Primary Contact:

    Brent Lewis

    Team Members:

    • Morgan White
    • Brent Lewis
    • Sinead Soltis
    • John Marlin
    • Lesley Deem
    • Sara Mason
    • Joseph Kreiling
    • Vivek Sriramineni
    • Teylor Hunter
    • Lauren Paddock
    • Kate Smith
    • Bhairav Valera
    • Alaina Bottens
    • Nora Grasse
    • Jenna Mattes
    • Jane Halloran
    • May Berenbaum
    • Adam Dolezal
    • Rachel Daughtridge


  • Proposed January 31, 2018
    Proposed by Rachel Daughtridge
    Approved October 4, 2018
    Approved by Chancellor Jones
    Started January 31, 2018
    Started by Rachel Daughtridge


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