(The Columbian) People are few and far between on the Washington State University Vancouver campus these days, but a trio of graduate biology students intend to start filling the landscape with native wildflowers and the pollinators that love them. Their goal is to achieve the Bee Campus USA designation for WSUV’s 351-acre spread from the Xerces Society.
(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) The University of Pittsburgh recently became a member of the Bee Campus USA Network, an honor that recognizes its efforts to attract pollinators to campus as part of a larger commitment to sustainable practices. Pitt is the latest of 103 Bee Campus USA affiliates and one of five in Pennsylvania. The other four are Chatham, Penn State and Susquehanna universities and Dickinson College.
(University of Minnesota Extension) The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus is now an affiliate of Bee Campus USA. As an official Bee Campus, Extension and several University colleges have pledged to highlight and expand the university’s actions to promote pollinator conservation.
(The University of Tennessee, Knoxville) UT has been designated a Bee Campus USA. With this designation, the university joins 98 campuses certified by the Bee Campus USA organization.
(Wicked Local Medford) Tufts University Medford-Somerville recently became the first urban educational institution in Massachusetts to be certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program. The university joins more than 200 other cities and campuses across the country united in improving their landscapes for pollinators. “In the same way that National Parks were a new idea in the early 1900′s, urban pollinator gardens are the next frontier for conserving insect diversity in the 21st century.”
(KNBN NewsCenter1) Rapid City may soon become a Bee City USA affiliate if the Rapid City Public Works and Common Council approves of the necessary steps. Bee City affiliates work to educate the public on the role and importance of pollinators.
(The News & Observer) The beautification project was carried out by the city and the entity known as Keep Gastonia Beautiful, in honor of Gastonia’s qualification as a ‘Bee City.’ The city recently became the 74th affiliate of the nationwide Bee City USA initiative.
(WBAL-TV 11) Howard County in Maryland is joining the Bee City USA Coalition. The county is committing to reduce pesticide use and create sustainable habitats for bees, and has created 55 acres of pollinator-friendly meadow habitat on county parkland.