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Bee Campus

What does is mean to be a Bee Campus? There are seven requirements:

Establishing and maintaining a relationship that is comprised a mix of faculty, staff and students is a vital part of Bee Cmapus. Our committee is chaired by Jennifer Tsuruda, an Assistant Professor of EPP who focused on bee health. Members include UT Arborists Sam Adams, the UT Landscape Director, Jason Cortrell and other staff, administrators, faculty and students, charged with overseeing our pollinator conservation and education effort was a vital step in making our efforts a success.

To receive more information on the committee and ways to get involved with the Bee Campus contact Carolyn Brown.

The Campus Pollinator Habitat Plan must include locally native (indigenous to our ecoregion), pollinator-friendly plant list with regional sources for such plants and a least toxic integrated pest management (IPM) plan.

The plant list and IPM plan is still in a draft status, but will soon be publicized here to offer a valuable landscape-management model applicable to other local landscapes.

Our first official Bee Campus habitat plan is located outside Fred Brown Hall. Check back here for our plans for future habitats on campus.

Every year we will host events that show the importance of pollinators and to acknowledge UT Knoxville’s certification as a Bee Campus Institution. Events may be workshops on pollinators, planting pollinator gardens, presentations about pollinators, garden tours and guided pollinator walks, and films about pollinators.

This year, our official ceremony will was on April 26th, 2019, visit our Facebook to view photos from the event.

Service learning is an integral part of both Bee Campus and UT Knoxville. Through Bee Campus we will annually sponsor and track student service-learning and service projects to enhance pollinator habitats on-and off-campus.

UT Knoxville already offers many sustainability focused, and related courses. Several of these directly deal with pollinators.

As a Bee Campus requirement we must offer a pollinator protection course and/or workshop and/or incorporate pollinator protection topics into the curriculum. Workshops provide continuing education credits for professional pesticide applicators and/or landscape designers, etc.

Posting signage regarding pollinators to educate the campus and broader community about pollinator-friendly landscaping principles is a vital aspect of Bee Campus. Currently, signs are located at UT Gardens, and are in the process of being placed at our Bee Campus Habitat outside Fred Brown Hall.

This is the main webpage for Bee Campus. This page will have all information regarding the above seven steps, information on pollinators, and more!

Have questions about anything on this page? Contact Carolyn Brown.

After completing the first full year as a Bee Campus Affiliate, we will reapply for renewal of the institution’s certification each January by submitting a brief narrative report of the previous year’s achievements; and by completing the update and metrics form.

Why are Bees Important to our Environment?

There are many reasons why is it important to become a Bee Campus affiliate. 



More than 150 food crops in the United States depend on pollinators, including blueberries, apples, squash, strawberries and almonds.




Benefits to our Campus and Community:

  • ​Help to ensure the survival of vital animal species crucial to our planet’s complex food web.
  • Raise community awareness of how our food grows and improve local food production through expanded pollination. ​​
  • Improve local plant nursery markets by increasing demand for native, pollinator friendly plants.
  • Mobilize community to remove non-native invasive plants to make way for locally native plants.
  • Raise community awareness of the least toxic ways to deal with home and garden pest problems.
  • Raise community awareness of the local environment’s seasonality as understanding grows about pollinators’ reliance on blooming plants and trees.
  • Support growth of niche business – pollinator friendly landscaping, beekeeping suppliers, chemical-free lawn care, native seed suppliers.

The Buzz About Bees

Bee stories in the News:

The Grow Lab Involvement

The Grow Lab is a new campus garden that is a living laboratory to promote experiential and service–learning. Grow Lab demonstrates ecological food production methods and encourages community engagement

The Grow Lab is so happy to be part of UT’s Bee Campus proposal. Urban gardens are a great way to feed people, build community, and help support urban pollinator populations!

Visit their Facebook page for a list of events that involve pollinators.