BEE Protective Ambassadors

Quick Facts on Pollinators

On college campuses nationwide, grounds crews and landscapers maintain land with toxic pesticides, even though safer alternatives exist. The widespread use of pesticides, specifically, a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids (neonics), has been implicated in the decline of honey bees and other wild pollinators. In order to mitigate the devastating effects that neonics and other pesticides have on pollinators, Beyond Pesticides has created the BEE Protective Ambassador project to educate students on the importance of bees, and how they can take action on their campuses and in their communities.

Do you know whether bee-killing poisons are used at your University?

The BEE Protective Ambassador project aims to tap in to enthusiastic environmental activists on college campuses throughout the country wishing to make a positive impact on the health of local pollinators and other wildlife. By creating meaningful change at the University level, Ambassadors gain important experience in environmental advocacy, which will undoubtedly expand and grow as students graduate from college and continue to be environmental activists while moving through life.

When an individual or campus organization pledges to become a BEE Protective Ambassador, they are committing to:

  1. Educate their campus community about pollinator health and the dangers of toxic pesticides.
  2. Participate in the creation of a pollinator habitat on campus.
  3. Engage with campus administration to sign the BEE Protective Pollinator Resolution, and create a pollinator-friendly campus.

Beyond Pesticides provides campus organizations with all of the educational materials needed to make meaningful, significant change in their communities. If you know of an individual or campus organization that would be interested in taking part in this movement to protect pollinators and save our bees, please urge them to become a “BEE Protective Ambassador,” and have them sign the pledge as soon as possible. Resources and a step by step guide will then be sent out immediately following sign-up.

Below are the campus groups that have signed the pledge to become BEE Protective Ambassadors:

Greeks Going Green, University of Florida
Student Government Association Sustainability Committee, University of Maryland
The Forge Garden, Santa Clara University

Below are the campuses that have signed on to our BEE Protective Pollinator Resolution:

Vermont Law School
Villanova University
Antioch College
Macalester College

The BEE Protective Ambassador Pledge is part of a broader grassroots effort of BEE Protective, a joint project between Beyond Pesticides and the Center for Food Safety to support policies and practices that protect bees and other pollinators from harmful pesticide applications and create pesticide-free refuges for these beneficial organisms.