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UT Austin Abuzz about Bee Campus USA Certification

UT Austin Abuzz about Bee Campus USA Certification
Credit: Kathryn Gatliff

The University of Texas at Austin is now certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program, designed to marshal the strengths of educational campuses for the benefit of pollinators. UT Austin joins many other cities and campuses across the country united in improving their landscapes for pollinators.

"The Bee Campus USA Certification gives merit to our ongoing efforts promoting sustainable management of the UT campus landscape. Use of organic fertilizers, limited use of pesticides, building soil health, removing invasive trees and replanting with native species has benefitted not only bees, but all pollinators and life in this urban ecosystem," said Jennifer Hrobar, Supervisor of Urban Forestry, Landscape Services.

With support from former UT President Gregory Fenves, members of the BEEVO Beekeeping Society student organization successfully applied for the Xerces Society's Bee Campus USA Certification in May. The certification is the result of a collaborative effort to meet the certification requirements:

The UT Austin Bee Campus Committee views the certification as an opportunity to build on the good work accomplished to date and looks forward to collaborating with student organizations, faculty and staff that share a love of pollinators. This includes Campus Environmental Center's Half-Pint Prairie, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Brackenridge Field Laboratory.

Emily Mitchell, President of BEEVO Beekeeping Society said, "Being recognized as Bee Campus by the Xerces Society is a proud achievement since we were able to come together as a campus community to build a more sustainable environment for the native pollinators to thrive. With this recognition we can continue to move forward in creating a space that supports and protects pollinators and their native biodiversity."

​Cross-posted from the Office of Sustainability.

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