Buzzworthy: UNCW Named Affiliate of Bee Campus USA – UNCW Information

Thursday, December 09, 2021
Because the state’s coastal college, UNCW takes satisfaction in preserving its pure sources. North Carolina has extra beekeepers than every other state. Its agricultural system, a driving financial element, depends closely on pollination, primarily by honeybees.
Campus landscaping doesn’t use neonicotinoids, pyrethrin or imidacloprid based mostly merchandise, that are dangerous to pollinators. For this and different sustainable practices, together with having rain and pollinator gardens on campus, UNCW has been named an affiliate of Bee Campus USA, a program that acknowledges, helps and encourages pollinator conservation on faculty campuses.
UNCW Honors scholar Jake Bergen ’23, a peer educator inside the Workplace of Sustainability, led the initiative to use for the affiliation. Jacob Inabnit (panorama companies superintendent), Kat Pohlman (chief sustainability officer), Anthony Snider (affiliate professor of environmental sciences) and coastal engineering scholar Jacob Stasiewicz ’22 have been additionally concerned within the effort.
Bergen hopes the standing will improve scholar curiosity in apiculture and the issues dealing with pollinators.
The UNCW Beekeeping Membership was based in 2017 by college students impressed by Snider’s programs. “Keepers of the Bees” paperwork how the group turned their ardour for bee preservation into an lively, thriving campus neighborhood of honeybee advocates. Six present and former membership members are featured within the movie, which was created by the UNCW Workplace of College Relation’s media manufacturing workforce. The movie gained the Greatest Documentary award on the 2021 Pittsburgh Unbiased Movie Pageant and premiered on PBS NC in July.
— Caroline Cropp