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Bee City USA Renews Blue Ridge Community College's Certification

 

April 22, 2019



Bee City USA has renewed Blue Ridge Community College’s certification for 2019 following a rigorous renewal application process.

This completed the efforts of the College’s Sustainability Committee to accomplish this re-certification, the facilitating committee for Blue Ridge’s efforts to engage the campus in promoting pollinator-friendliness.

Bee City USA is an initiative of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the largest pollinator protection organization in the world. The Bee Campus USA certification program galvanizes campuses and communities to sustain pollinators by providing them with healthy habitat, rich in a variety of native plants and free to nearly free of pesticides.

Imperiled pollinators like wild bees, honeybees, butterflies, moths, wasps, bats, hummingbirds, and others are responsible for the reproduction of nearly 90 percent of the world’s wild flowering plant species and one in every three bites of food we consume.

Blue Ridge Commun-ity College President Dr. Laura B. Leatherwood said, “Blue Ridge Community College understood the importance of sustaining pollinators when we became a Bee Campus USA affiliate in 2017. We commend the College Sustainability Committee for the impressive gains we made last year.”

According to Carol Ann Lydon, chair of the Sustainability Committee, “We could not have accomplished all that we did without the assistance of many departments throughout campus, Bee Campus USA, and Bee City USA. They helped by volunteering their time and helping the college with promoting events and hosting events.”

To see Blue Ridge Community College’s annual report, as well as other Bee Campus USA affiliates’ annual reports, visit the Bee City USA website.

For more information about the Blue Ridge Community College Bee Campus USA program, contact Carol Ann Lydon at [email protected] or (828) 694-1882.

 
 

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