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Bee Campus USA Certification at Southwestern University

Authors: Sam Buehler*, , Karonech Chreng*,
Topics: Environment, Higher Education, Environmental Perception
Keywords: Bee Campus USA, Pollinators, Pollinator Protection, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Protection, College Campus
Session Type: Poster
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This poster provides a history of our experience as senior undergraduate students at a small liberal arts institution who committed to help our university become certified as a Bee Campus USA institution. An initiative of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the Bee Campus USA certification program provides recognition for universities in the U.S. that are committed to preserving local biodiversity through protecting native pollinator habitats, limiting the use of synthetic pesticides, and engaging in public awareness initiatives. Universities that achieve Bee Campus certification not only gain a marketable accreditation that places them amongst a host of other environmentally-conscious schools, but also demonstrate their commitment to ecological sustainability. Campuses that maintain a commitment to pollinator protection and promotion also benefit from the unique aesthetic value of native plants and animals, as well as benefit local wild and agricultural ecosystems. Southwestern would be the first of our peer institutions to do so.

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