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.
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.
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.
Saying goodbye to pollinators would include saying goodbye to naturally produced apples, blueberries, chocolate, coffee, melons, peaches, potatoes, pumpkins, vanilla, almonds, and tequila.
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.
Here are some action steps: