Bee Campus USA is an initiative by the Xerces Society that provides a framework for campus communities to work together to conserve native pollinators by increasing the abundance of native plants, providing nest sites, and reducing the use of pesticides. UW–Madison received certification in the Summer of 2022 and has established a Bee Campus USA committee to maintain the certification.
Certification requirements include forming a standing committee to advocate for pollinators; creating and enhancing pollinator habitat on campus; reducing the use of pesticides; offering courses, service-learning projects, or continuing education opportunities that incorporate pollinator conservation; displaying signage focused on pollinator conservation; and maintaining an online presence for Bee Campus USA activities.
The Bee Campus USA committee includes representatives from:
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Allen Centennial Gardens
Executive Director of Allen Centennial Gardens
Native Plant Garden curator and gardener for the UW Arboretum
Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture
Senior Landscape Architect for Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture
Department of Entomology
Professor, UW Entomology
Entomology Graduate Student Association
M.S. Student, Entomology and Agroecology
Intern, Campus Planning and Landscape Architecture (CPLA)
Building and Grounds Supervisor
Office of Sustainability
Undergraduate Project Assistant + Student Engagement Liaison
"Conserving the diversity of invertebrates is the biggest job in the world."Robert Michael Pyle - Founder of the Xerces Society