Campus Sustainability Puts a Hive in the Hawks’ Nest

Campus Sustainability Puts a Hive in the Hawks’ Nest

Bee Campus USA The State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz continues with its desire to become more environmentally conscious, with the latest buzz surrounding the college’s certification as an official Bee Campus USA this summer. In Sept. 2018, Chair of the Bee Committee and New Paltz alumna Laura Wyeth (‘18) took a new Biodiversity Initiative from the Office of Campus Sustainability under her wing, and the first item on her agenda was to secure this pollinator-friendly status. This initiative has connected faculty who are “concerned about the natural world,” according to Campus Sustainability Coordinator Lisa Mitten, in addition to students and staff who desire to support and protect living organisms found on campus and in the community. According to data collected by Bee City USA, an initiative of the Xerces Society, there are currently 80 official Bee Campuses in the nation, with five of these based in New York State. Apart from SUNY Cortland, New Paltz is the only SUNY campus to have achieved this affiliation as of now. In order to become a Bee Campus, a campus pollinator habitat plan must first be created, which New Paltz has completed, according to Wyeth. As a horticulturist […]

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