Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 50.14
Liaison Don Forster
Submission Date March 30, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Seneca College
IN-25: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Paula Echeveste
Sustainability Supervisor
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Urban Beekeeping to support Biodiversity

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

In June of 2018, Seneca College has re-launched their Urban Beekeeping initiative.The bees, housed in four boxed hives on the grassy slope between Parking Lot 3 and the new Indigenous Centre currently under construction, are kept by Don Forster, a registered beekeeper and Seneca’s Senior Manager, Environmental Sustainability.
Forster tends to about 100 hives, including about 35 between King and Peterborough campuses that have produced the Seneca Sting Honey, which is sold exclusively in the cafeteria at Seneca’s major campuses.

A portion of the honey proceeds go to support Seneca's Campaign for Students.
“The benefits of having honey bees on our campuses is to bring awareness to the importance of supporting native pollinators — butterflies, bees, birds and other wildlife,” he said

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Campus Enagement
Supporting Biodiversity

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data sourve is Seneca's Sustainable Seneca website.

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