Bee Campus USA

Gonzaga University becomes the first Bee Campus USA in the state of Washington. 

On April 24, 2017 Gonzaga University and Bee Campus USA announced that Gonzaga University is the 25th educational institution in the nation and first in the state of Washington to be certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program. Gonzaga is also the first Jesuit university to become a Bee Campus USA.

Bees at Gonzaga University
Photos of bees on Gonzaga's Campus

Bee Informed Event

On April 20, 2017, Gonzaga University held an informative display in the John J. Hemmingson about the importance of bees and pollinators as well as Gonzaga’s progress in becoming the first Bee Campus USA in the state of Washington. The documentary, More than Honey, was also shown which gives the perspective of beekeepers, scientists and others, who discuss the world's declining bee population and what it may mean for modern society.

Displays on the importance of bees

Bee Friendly Plants in Our Rooftop Garden

  • Basil
  • Borage
  • Lavender
  • Sunflower
  • Thyme
  • Oregano

Gonzaga University Bee Campus USA Committee 


Chuck Faulkinberry  Director, Hemmingson Center & Auxiliary Services Beekeeper, Master Naturalist (VA)
Dr. Ellen Maccarone

Associate Profesor of Philosophy
Faculty Advisor to the President 

Dr. Gary Chang Associate Professor of Biology Inset Ecology and Biological Control
Tim Hatcher Supervisor, Landscaping and Campus Grounds
Amy Finstrom Sustainability Coordinator, Zag Dining
Sam Anderson Landscaper, Landscaping and Campus Grounds Apprentice Beekeeper
Chris Heitner Landscaper, Landscaping and Campus Grounds Master Gardner
Todd Coleman Landscaper,  Landscaping and Campus Grounds Master Gardner
Hunter (Brian) Ramp Gonzaga Student, GUEST Director Intern
Claire Henson Gonzaga Student, GEO Club
Elizabeth Terry Gonzaga Student, GEO Club
Maggie Harger Gonzaga Student, GEO Club


Pest Management Plan

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Upcoming Events

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News

Gonzaga News Service: With two bee apiaries at the Hemmingson Center Roof Garden and one at Bozarth Mansion, Gonzaga University has become the 25th educational institution in the nation – and first in the state of Washington – to be a certified affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program, designed to marshal educational institutions to benefit  these endangered pollinators. Read the full story.

KREM: Gonzaga University recently became a certified ‘bee campus’ as part of the Bee Campus USA program. Read the full story. 

Spokesman Review: Gonzaga University has been certified as an affiliate of the national bee promotions program, Bee Campus USA. On Monday, four students dressed in full bee-protective gear, watched as Harris checked on the hives and added a frame to one of them. Read the full story.

To learn more about sustainability at Gonzaga go to our Office of Sustainability page.

Resources

Inland Empire Beekeepers Association
WSU Honey Bee & Polinators 
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
USDA Plants Database

Logo of Bee Campus USA

About Bee Campus USA and Bee City USA

The Bee Campus USA designation recognizes educational campuses that commit to a set of practices that support pollinators, including bees, butterflies, birds, and bats, among thousands of other species. For more information about the application process for becoming a Bee Campus USA affiliate, visit http://www.beecityusa.org/application-campus.html.

Bee City USA® urges local governments, individuals, organizations, corporations, and communities to promote and establish pollinator–friendly landscapes that are free of pesticides.  Since its inception in Asheville, North Carolina in 2012, many cities have been certified across the nation and many others are in the process of preparing applications. For more information about the application process for becoming a Bee City USA community, visit http://www.beecityusa.org/application-city.html.