Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.98
Liaison Lindsey Lyons
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Dickinson College
IN-20: Grounds Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Lindsey Lyons
Assistant Director
Center for Sustainability Education
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Does the institution own and/or manage land that is currently certified under the following programs? (at least one positive response required):
Yes or No
ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation ---
Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) ---
Bee Campus USA Yes
Demeter Biodynamic ---
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management standard ---
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Green List Standard ---
National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat Program ---
An Organic standard or Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) endorsed by IFOAM ---
Salmon-Safe ---
Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) ---
Tree Campus USA (Arbor Day Foundation) No
An equivalent program approved by AASHE ---

A brief description of the institution’s third party certified land holdings:

Dickinson College has become the 56th higher-education institution in the nation—and only the third in Pennsylvania—to be certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program. The certification recognizes the college's numerous efforts to improve habitats for bees and other pollinators through such initiatives as The Hive, recent student-faculty wild pollinator research funded by the USDA and awareness-raising measures like the Adopt-a-Bee program.

Bee Campus USA is an initiative of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon, with offices across the country. The initiative's mission is to galvanize campuses to sustain pollinators by providing healthy habitats, rich in a variety of native plants and free of pesticides. Pollinators like bumble bees, sweat bees, mason bees, honey bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies and hummingbirds are responsible for the reproduction of 90 percent of the world's wild plant species and one in every three bites of food we consume.

The Bee Campus USA program endorses a set of commitments higher-education institutions to create sustainable habitats for pollinators, which are vital to feeding the planet. According to the program's website, "college students, faculty, administrators and staff have long been among the nation's most stalwart champions for sustainable environmental practices

Documentation affirming the certification(s):
Website URL where information affirming the certification(s) is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Current certified Bee Campuses can be identified here. Dickinson has been certified since 2018, and renewed in 2020. Certificate is attached.


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