Bee City USA® Renews Blue Ridge Community College Certification

 

BRCC News | Published April 8, 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, honey bees, butterflies, moths, wasps, bats, hummingbirds, and others are responsible for the reproduction of nearly ninety percent of the world's wild flowering plant species and one in every three bites of food we consume.

Blue Ridge Community 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 ca_lydon@blueridge.edu or 828.694.1882.

For more information about Bee City USA, visit beecityusa.org
For more information about the Xerces Society, visit xerces.org
For information about four simple ways to help pollinators, visit xerces.org/bringbackthepollinators