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Laurier designated as 'Bee Campus'

The university recently updated its sustainability plan to - 'focus on planting pollinator-friendly plants and habitat to support wild bee populations, particularly those considered vulnerable or at risk.'
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A bee on an apple blossom. Contributed photo

The Waterloo campus of Wilfrid Laurier University has become just the ninth post-secondary institution in the country to be designated as a "Bee Campus" by Bee City Canada.

The organization has been recognizing the schools for their commitment to helping protect and support pollinators.

Laurier put honeybee colonies on campus in 2017.

The university also recently updated its sustainability plan to - "focus on planting pollinator-friendly plants and habitat to support wild bee populations, particularly those considered vulnerable or at risk."

"The decision to focus on supporting native bees is based on current research that shows this is where efforts should be centred from a conservation perspective," Jennifer Marshman, PhD candidate in Laurier’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, and a key participant in Laurier’s bid to become a Bee Campus, said in a release.

"It's very exciting for us to achieve this designation from Bee City Canada, and even more so because it was student-led," added Stephanie MacPhee, manager of Laurier's Sustainability Office. "We love to see passionate students taking the lead on initiatives such as this that support the goals of the Laurier Sustainability Action Plan."

Kitchener, Waterloo and Wellesley Township were all recently designated as Bee Cities.

Regional Council also voted back in September to become the nation's first bee region.




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