As part of Colorado State University’s commitment to sustainability, a committee comprised of Facilities Management, Environmental Health Services, university entomology and horticulture professors, student representatives from several areas on campus, and other experts have worked to develop a proactive plan to help bees and other pollinating insects and animals that already come to campus looking for pollinating plants and shelter. “Our university grounds are actually a giant garden and arboretum, comprised of hundreds of flower beds, blooming trees and lush green space,” said Fred Haberecht, associate director of Facilities Management and chair of the pollinator-friendly committee. “This new commitment leverages those spaces to the benefit of pollinators that we know already pass through or live on campus.”
As part of these efforts, the university obtained Bee Campus USA certification last fall, as a testament to the university’s commitment to the role of bees and other pollinators in sustainability. The first campus in Colorado to obtain the certification, the designation reflects a commitment to manage campus landscapes in more pollinator-friendly ways, including minimizing harm to pollinators through steps such as reducing pesticide use or using only bee-friendly pesticides, as well as focusing on pollinator-friendly plants and other supportive approaches.
The strategy involves creating a habitat plan for pollinators, such as recreating several flowerbeds on campus to specifically support pollinating insects and wildlife. Cultivating these areas also create example flower beds that people can visit to learn more about pollinators, plants that support them, and their habitat.