While remote learning has brought a never-ending host of challenges, UCI students have discovered creative and impactful ways to stay connected and make a difference by participating in important environmental action projects.
One of the successful projects UCI students have worked on over the past year was becoming a certified affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program, joining 106 other “Bee Campuses” in pollinator conservation efforts.
The group that spearheaded the effort, Save the Bees Campaign, is made up of undergraduate students in a nonprofit known as the
California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG).
The group successfully mobilized students, faculty, and staff on the recent decline of bee populations. Bee colonies have diminished by as much as 40% in one year. As one of the countless environmental issues facing the planet, the loss of bees threaten global food production, biodiversity, and species survival. Most of the causes — habitat loss, climate change, acute pesticide poisoning — are rooted in human activity.
Wendell Brase, UCI’s Associate Chancellor for Sustainability, provided active support for Bee Campus affiliation.
On-campus pollinator conservation efforts will now be led by the university’s newly established “Bee-Friendly Committee,” a team composed of students, faculty, and staff. In just the past six months, the committee has hosted an informative webinar, planned educational signage, and drafted a public webpage. They plan to also maintain pollinator-friendly gardens, coordinate community service projects, and much more.
To learn more about this active group of students and other projects they are currently working on, click here.