Bring a friend and join us for this important workshop on Friday, April 24, the second in a 4-part series presented by the Asheville Alternatives to Pesticides Coalition.
6:00-6:30 Light refreshments
36 Montford Avenue, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Many thanks to Lenoir-Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies, HomeGrown, Green Sage, Catawba Brewing and Roots Hummus for generously providing the location and refreshments.
Applicants wanted! Bee City USA has teamed up with Asheville GreenWorks to hire a Project Conserve AmeriCorps Pollinator Project Outreach Coordinator to serve Asheville and Buncombe County, NC. The deadline for applying is May 22.
First Home Depot required nurseries to label plants treated with neonicotinoid pesticides, and now Lowe's has made a commitment to phasing out sales of products that contain them.
According to Lowe’s 2015 Corporate Social Responsibility Report: Lowe’s is committed to regularly reviewing the products and information they offer customers and they’re taking the following actions to support pollinator health:
Thanks to Friends of the Earth U.S., the Center for Food Safety, and all the individuals that sent emails, posted on social media, and rallied in front of Lowe's stores.
Southern Oregon University is pulling out all of the stops for this year's Arbor Day Celebration. In addition to planting lots of trees, they are announcing that they have been designated a Tree Campus USA and the inaugural Bee Campus USA! Listen to an interview here.
Noted mycologist Paul Stamets will speak on April 8 at 9:30 and the Bee Campus USA announcement will take place at 12:00.
On April 8, 2015, Southern Oregon University and Bee City USA will announce the launch of the national Bee Campus USA program, designed to marshal the strengths of college campuses for the benefit of pollinators. The University collaborated with Bee City USA on developing the guidelines for certification after being inspired by two of the early adopters of Bee City USA—SOU’s hometown of Ashland, and neighboring Talent.
College students, faculty, administrators, and staff have long been among the nation's most stalwart champions for sustainable environmental practices. In embracing the recommendations of the University's Sustainability Council, President Roy Saigo said, “We are very proud to become the first certified Bee Campus USA in the nation. After careful review, our campus leadership agreed that fulfilling the commitments of the program aligned perfectly with and expanded upon initiatives to sustain pollinators that were already underway. This program will help the University, our students, and our community to be better environmental stewards."
To be certified, institutions must commit to developing habitat policies, teaching classes about pollinator-related topics, posting informative signage, encouraging service learning to sustain pollinators, and holding campus events. Like Bee City USA communities, each certified campus must reapply each year and report on accomplishments from the previous year.
Read the full press release here.
Bee City USA feels very fortunate to have found such an outstanding partner in pollinator protection.” Director Phyllis Stiles said, “Southern Oregon University has already begun modeling many of the practices Bee City USA wants to see become a national movement. A student group maintains a pollinator-friendly garden, the campus includes herbicide-free wildlife areas, and the Bee Campus USA Subcommittee of the Sustainability Council began meeting last year. The University’s landscaping services department has established two new native pollinator friendly beds. They have even identified plant suppliers who don't use neonicotinoid pesticides."
Other institutions of higher education are invited to explore completing the application process outlined here. (Application in Word).
Thanks to all North Carolinans who rushed to wherever the Bee Aware Team were tabling that day to add their order to the stack. Now the kids have enough to ask the legislature to approve their specialty license plate which will support the native pollinator habitat at Grandfather Mountain and bee research at North Carolina State University for years and years to come.
Hopefully by this summer, any North Carolina driver will be able to choose a Save the Honeybee specialty license plate.
Thanks to these kids for inspiring us all.
The Bee Aware middle school science team from Banner Elk, NC, is on the home stretch and they won't give up. They have been at locations in Asheville and Charlotte asking people to order their honeybee license plates since their return home on Thursday from meeting with President Obama.
If you're in Asheville on Sunday, March 29, between noon and 5:00, stop by either the French Broad Food Coop (on Biltmore Ave.) or the Asheville Bee Charmer (on Battery Park) and order your honeybee specialty license plate. Even if you don't order a license plate, you need to meet these incredible champions for bees.
If they don't get 500 orders by March 30, all of their hard work will be for naught. These plates will not only raise awareness about honeybees, they will raise funds for pollinator habitat at Grandfather Mountain and for bee research at NC State University.
Click here for the application, with complete instructions. The cost is $15 which should be paid by check. Bring your registration card for your license plate number, your drivers license number, year/make/model/body style of your car, vehicle identification number, and full name of your insurance company & the policy number.
For more information visit www.beeawarenc.org
National Prize Winning Bee Aware Science Team to Speak at Alternatives to Pesticides Workshop in Asheville on March 27