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Pollinators on Campus

University of Richmond is a certified Bee Campus USA affiliate. This recognition acknowledges that the campus is conducive to pollinators, supporting the pollinator community with a variety of habitats around campus.

Pollinators are an essential part of our agriculture and our ecosystems. Climate change, pesticides, and herbicides have all contributed to bee populations' global decline. We rely on honey bees to pollinate many of our crops, so this is not just an environmental issue, but also an issue of food security. In order to support pollinators on campus, University of Richmond has two campus beehives, a pollinator meadow, and native plantings across campus. 

Our two campus hives are located between the Wilton Center and the Steam Plant. The Department of Biology manages these hives, which are home to more than 45,000 bees, and uses them for hands-on research. As part of an ecology course, students have planted two small pollinator gardens near the hives. 

A pollinator meadow containing milkweed and other native flowers is located near the campus community garden in the Gambles Mill Eco-Corridor. All the plants in the Eco-Corridor are native to the Greater Richmond Area and 42% are recognized to be pollinator friendly, supporting local bees as well as butterflies and other pollinators. Removal of invasive species from the area has allowed native plants to flourish and thrive, resulting in increased attraction of local pollinators. Increased pollinator populations helps improve the health of the local ecosystem and supports biodiversity.

We are also developing a list of recommended native plant species and our pollinator-friendly integrated pest management plan. 

Bee Campus Committee

The bee campus committee meets quarterly. Committee members are listed below.

-Kirstin Berben: Laboratories Manager and Beekeeper, Department of Biology
-Kelsey Fastabend: Sustainability Program Coordinator, Office for Sustainability
-Emily George: Class of 2020, Environmental Studies Major; Eco-Corridor: Community-based Learning Course Support Intern, Office for Sustainability
-Brittany Jezouit: Program Manager, Community-Engaged Learning, Bonner Center for Civic Engagement
-Allison Moyer: Associate Director, Landscape Services and Horticulturist University Facilities
-Robert Ostrom: Class of 2020, Biology Major; Student Pollinator Researcher, Department of Biology
-Dr. Jennifer Sevin: Visiting Lecturer of Biology, Department of Biology

 

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