Illinois Wesleyan U Earns Bee Campus USA Designation

A coalition of students, faculty and Bloomington residents transformed the university's Peace Garden into a safe haven for bees and other native pollinators, enabling the university to become a newly designated affiliate of Bee Campus USA.

Bowie State U Install Edible Landscaping

At the end of October, students, faculty and staff planted a fruit tree orchard on campus consisting of 25 apple and pear trees donated by a non-profit charity. Food from the trees will be used by dining services, while also combating hunger and enhancing plant services curriculum.

Colorado State U Curtails Landscape Irrigation

Through October and November, the university will curtail all landscape irrigation that uses domestic water and has voluntarily reduced raw water irrigation as well. This effort is in support of the citywide push for an early shift to winter levels of water use.

Wayne State U Pilots Composting

The university's Office of Campus Sustainability, grounds department and dining contractor began a collaboration in late September to collect pre-consumer food waste from Towers Café and yard waste from the university’s grounds department. The material will be composted and then returned to the university for use by the grounds department.

Pace U Earns Bee Campus USA Designation

The university's Pleasantville campus is now a certified affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program. The program is designed to increase public awareness of the role that pollinators in the ecosystem play, which the university aims to do by posting educational signage and hosting pollinator-focused events.

U Wisconsin Stout Begins Using Enviro-Friendly Weed Control Technology

The new technology uses 200-degree water and a biodegradable foaming agent comprised of a blend of coconut and palm kernel oils, rapeseed oil, glucose, polysaccharides derived from the natural fermentation of glucose, and glutamic acid derived from sugar beets. The Stout Student Association Sustainability Council paid for a portion of the cost of the machine.

Pennsylvania State U Plants Wildflowers on Solar Farm

In early June, National Pollinators Month, 32 million seeds were planted around and under 10 acres of solar panels. The wildflower varieties are highly attractive to pollinators such as native bees, honey bees and butterflies, playing a vital role in supporting food and flowering plants.

U Pittsburgh Becomes Bee Campus USA Certified

Earning the certification through the nonprofit Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the university has committed to educating the community on pollinator conservation and to supporting pollinators by establishing native-plant habitats, providing nesting sites and reducing pesticide use. Efforts already underway include the student-led Bee Friendly Pitt project that placed seven bee houses around campus to shelter solitary bees; the existence of four student-designed pollinator gardens; and the university’s practice of prioritizing native varieties of perennials, shrubs and trees in campus plantings.

U Rhode Island Farm Receives Organic Certification

Three acres used to conduct crop research at the university was recently certified as organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organics Program. Now the acreage will be used to conduct research on organic production methods and for comparison studies of organic and conventional crop production. The land will also be used in classes on sustainable crop production.

Five University Hospitals Receive Tree Campus Designation

The Medical University of South Carolina, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, University of Alabama at Birmington Hospital, and University of Kentucky Healthcare earned the new designation by demonstrating a commitment to improving community wellness through tree planting, education and community engagement. This is demonstrated by distributing free trees to community members and using trees to create therapeutic landscapes on campus.

Boston U Student Research to Aid Carbon Reductions From Landscaping

The university aims to convert some of its mulched spaces to plants and trees after research from the Campus Climate Lab and an earth and environment undergraduate student revealed that mulch and the maintenance of grass lawns negatively impacts the campus’ carbon cycle.

Seattle U Earns Tree Campus USA Designation

The newly achieved certification signals the university's commitment to campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. It achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning project.

Washtenaw CC Earns Bee Campus USA Designation

The community college now boasts the pollinator-friendly certification after meeting the Bee Campus USA requirements, which include providing pollinator-friendly landscaping, eliminating toxic fertilization and eradication techniques, and providing educational events about pollinators.

Windward CC Gets $30K Grant to Plant Trees

Thanks to a $30,000 grant from the Arbor Day Foundation, the community college will be able to plant 31 new trees: two different species of banyans, and a variety of native and Polynesian trees.

Stockton U Installs Window Art to Reduce Bird Strikes

To reduce the number of bird strikes on one of the university's buildings at its Galloway campus, a vinyl mural was recently installed featuring the message, "Art should be striking. Not birds," along with an explanation of how the art saves birds by eliminating reflections.

Southwestern U Becomes Bee Campus Certified

Now certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program, the university supports pollinators by caring for pollinator-friendly, drought-resistant plants in the campus community garden, protecting native habitat, minimizing the use of dangerous pesticides and disseminating information to the campus and external communities.

Sonoma State U Bans Glyphosate Products

The university recently banned all glyphosate-based chemicals on campus, including those used in weed-killing products such as Roundup. Instead, the university will primarily use organic-based herbicides on its 269-acre campus.

U Tennessee Partners on Forest Conservation

The UT Institute of Agriculture and The Nature Conservancy recently signed an agreement to manage the university's forested research properties under The Nature Conservancy's Working Woodlands Program, which was established in 2009 to engage landowners in securing and sustainably managing their forestlands to benefit the environment and local livelihoods. Through Working Woodlands, the UT Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center will work to achieve Forest Stewardship Council certification for 11,400 acres of forested properties that spread across four counties. In addition to forest certification, as part of the agreement, The Nature Conservancy will provide a conduit for the university to access carbon offset markets.

MIT Constructs Garden Space

Designed as a garden that will be, in part, maintained by students, the new garden hosts nearly 40 varieties of plants to attract and support pollinators like bees, birds, butterflies, and moths. The Hive Garden also serves as a test bed for co-designing outdoor spaces to connect to, and learn from, nature in an urban setting.

PGMS Announces 2019 Green Star Award Winners

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) recently awarded 19 colleges and universities with its Green Star Award, which recognizes grounds maintained with a high degree of excellence.

Syracuse U Becomes Bee Campus Certified

Now certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program, the university has minimized hazards to pollinators and created native pollinator habitats across campus.

Indiana U-Purdue U Indianapolis Begins Using Electric Landscaping Equipment

Thanks to a collaboration with the sustainability office and a $12,000 Greening IUPUI grant, grounds workers now have an arsenal of new electric equipment: two tillers, nine leaf blowers, nine weed trimmers, five chainsaws, two pole saws and two push mowers.

Southern Illinois U Receives Arboretum Accreditation

The university recently acquired Level II accreditation from the Arboretum Accreditation Program for its 1,200-acre main campus landscape that features nearly 5,200 trees, including 155 species and 72 genera of plants. The arboretum has a strategic plan, a governing board, public programming and a complete inventory of every tree and woody plant.

SUNY New Paltz Earns Bee Campus USA Certification

The college’s new certification comes on the heels of the new Biodiversity Initiative, a collective of New Paltz students, faculty and staff who are developing pollinator-friendly spaces on campus, and educating peers and colleagues about the importance of these hardworking insects, birds and small mammals.

Illinois Central College to Install Remediation Wetland

Currently under construction, the wetland will aid in removal of nitrate that is found in the runoff water from 50 acres of on-campus farmland demonstration fields. The water will move through drainage tiles underground and into streams that later end up in the Illinois River.

Lane CC Becomes Bee Campus Certified

Although efforts to promote healthy pollinator habitat on campus have been ongoing for quite some time, the campus recently acquired the Bee Campus USA certification, signifying efforts to create habitats that support pollinators and educating the community on their importance.