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Bee Campus USA

What is Bee Campus USA?

MCAD's Bee Club is working toward recognition as a Bee Campus USA, a certification that is designed to marshal the strengths of college and other educational campuses for the benefit of pollinators. MCAD's roof top bees, educational programming and commitment to least toxic practices make it a great fit for this endevor. 

Application Requirements

The Bee Campus USA program requires applicant educational institutions to make seven commitments:

1. 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. 

2. 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 events that would fit well include National Pollinator Week (the third week of June), Earth Day/Week (week of April 22), and/or Arbor Day (last Friday in April). Events may be workshops on pollinators, planting pollinator gardens, presentations about pollinators, garden tours, films about pollinators, etc.

3. 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.

4. At least biennially offer a course and/or workshop on Pollinator Ecology and/or Integrated Pest Management and/or Landscaping for Pollinators. Workshops may provide continuing education credits for professional pesticide applicators and/or landscape designers.

5. 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.

6. Maintain a webpage on the institution’s website to share your BEE CAMPUS USA news and activities.
 
7. Annually apply for renewal of the institution’s designation and submit a brief report of the previous year’s BEE CAMPUS USA activities following the format provided.

Committee

Cindy Gilbert- Faculty

Brock Rasmussen- Facilities, Landscape director

Julie Benda, Alumnus, MFA

Sarah Evenson, Alumnus,BFA

Kara Gregory, Alumnus, BFA

Lisa Kill- Alumnus, BFA

Patience Lekien- Alumnus, MFA

Heather Peebles- Alumnus, MFA

Diana Eicher- Staff

Steve Hanson- Master Gardener, University of Minnesota Extension Program

Laura Hanson- Master Gardener, University of Minnesota Extension Program