Sustainability at IUPUI

IUPUI became the 31st educational institution in the nation to be certified as a Bee Campus USA on July 19, 2017. IUPUI is the first state university in Indiana, and the first IU campus, to earn this designation.

What are pollinators?

There are many types of pollinators, including bees, ants, flies, butterflies, moths, beetles, bats, birds, and squirrels. They are considered pollinators because of their ecological relationship with plants. While pollinators eat, they carry pollen from one plant to the next. This fertilizes the plants, which allows them to produce the food we eat. This food also contains their reproduction seeds, an essential part to the plants’ survival as a species.

Why are pollinators important?

  • One in three bites of food on your plate wouldn’t be there without pollinator.
  • 90% of the earth’s wild plants depend on pollinators to reproduce.
  • In the United States, pollination by honeybees, native bees, and other insects produces $40 billion worth of products annually.

In many places, bees are considered a Keystone Species- a species in which an ecosystem largely depends on. If a Keystone Species were removed, the ecosystem would change drastically.

Why do pollinators need our help?

  • Many pollinators are a federally listed species, meaning that there is evidence of their disappearance in natural areas.
  • Pollinators have suffered from loss of habitat, chemical misuse, introduced and invasive species, disease, and parasites worldwide.
  • The U.S. has lost over 50% of its managed honeybee colonies in the past 10 years.

What would life look like without pollinators?

Saying goodbye to pollinators would include saying goodbye to naturally produced apples, blueberries, chocolate, coffee, melons, peaches, potatoes, pumpkins, vanilla, almonds, and tequila.

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What we’re doing?

At IUPUI, we are taking action to welcome pollinators into our urban environment. Many of our landscapes on campus utilize native plants, we have two urban gardens , and IUPUI’s Integrated Pest Management plan reduces application of pesticides on campus.

The IUPUI Office of Sustainability is working to achieve Bee Campus USA designation to support North American pollinators.

If you want to be hospitable to bees, it’s actually pretty easy.

Here are some action steps:

Office of Sustainability

Lockefield Village
980 Indiana Avenue, Room 4408
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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