Bee Campus USA
Bee Campus USA Program
By participating in the Bee Campus USA program, the University of San Francisco seeks to foster and encourage efforts to study, sponsor, and secure pollinators.
Whether the scale is that of a small flower garden or an industrial agricultural corporation, these plants rely on pollinators such as honey bees to complete their life cycle. However, there has been a recent and devastating drop in the populations of bee colonies. The pollination vacuum created by this drop in bee populations has a potentially catastrophic effect on natural ecosystems and agricultural systems alike.
Through the fulfillment of commitments of the "Bee Campus USA" program, the University of San Francisco takes part in an international effect to raise awareness regarding pollinators, native plant species, and food production and how these issues effect the economy at large. This creates an interdisciplinary bridge through the issue of environmental health, uniting students and faculty through an issue that effects everyone.
The 7 Commitment List
- Develop a Campus Pollinator Habitat Plan
- Establish/maintain a BEE CAMPUS USA Committee or Subcommittee comprised of the landscape director and other staff, administrators, faculty and students, charged with developing a Campus Pollinator Habitat Plan to include a locally native, pollinator-friendly plant list with regional sources for such plants and a least toxic integrated pest management (IPM) plan. The plant list and IPM plan should be publicized and available on the web to offer a valuable landscape management model applicable to other local landscapes.
- Host Awareness Event(s)
- Host an annual campus event(s) to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators and to acknowledge the institution’s certification as a Bee Campus USA institution. National observances that would fit well include National Pollinator Week, Earth Day/Week, National Wildflower Week, National Gardening Week, Arbor Day, National Moth Week, National Bat Week, Garden for Wildlife Month, National Honey Month, National Honey Bee Day, National Garden Month, Butterfly Education and Awareness Day. Events may be workshops on pollinators, planting pollinator gardens, presentations about pollinators, garden tours, films about pollinators, etc.
- Sponsor Student Service-Learning Projects to Enhance Pollinator Habitats
- Annually sponsor and track student service-learning projects to enhance pollinator habitats on-and off-campus. Service learning projects may or may not be part of appropriate courses. Campus employees are also encouraged to participate in service projects to enhance pollinator habitats.
- Offer Pollinator Focused Courses and/or Workshops
- At least biennially offer a course and/or workshop on Pollinator Ecology and/or Integrated Pest Management and/or Landscaping for Pollinators and/or Native Plants. Workshops may provide continuing education credits for professional pesticide applicators and/or landscape designers.
- Post Signage to Educate the Campus & Community
- Post signage regarding pollinators to educate the campus and broader community about pollinator-friendly landscaping principles. For example, signage next to plantings might explain how beneficial insects provide a natural process for pest management and pollination, or signs in the cafeteria might explain the role of pollinators in food production. Signage may or may not be permanent.
- Maintain a Web Presence to Share Bee Campus News
- Maintain a webpage on or linked to the institution’s website to share your BEE CAMPUS USA news and activities.
- Annually Apply for Renewal
- Annually apply for renewal of the institution’s designation and submit a brief report of the previous year’s Bee Campus USA activities following a provided format.