Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 92.73
Liaison Emmanuelle Jodoin
Submission Date Oct. 24, 2022

STARS v2.2

Université de Sherbrooke
IN-20: Grounds Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Chantal Couture
Director General
Building Services
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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 No
Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) No
Bee Campus USA Yes
Demeter Biodynamic No
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management standard No
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Green List Standard No
National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat Program No
An Organic standard or Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) endorsed by IFOAM No
Salmon-Safe No
Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) No
Tree Campus USA (Arbor Day Foundation) No
An equivalent program approved by AASHE No

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

In 2019, the Université de Sherbrooke was awarded the Bee-Friendly Campus certification by Bee City Canada through the actions of the university committee called Ruche Campus [EN: Campus Beehive].

Bee City Canada is a pollinator protection program for cities, schools, organizations, and businesses through the country. This program allows, among other things, to develop initiatives by protecting pollinator habitats and educating a targeted community on their importance through Bee certifications.

Bee City Canada (Bee-Friendly Campus certification) is the sister organization of Bee City USA (Bee Campus USA certification) (https://beecitycanada.org/about-us/bee-city-usa/). Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA are two initiatives launched by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation to achieve similar certification in pollinator protection.

In 2014, a beekeeping committee called Ruche Campus was created at the Université de Sherbrooke. Made up of student volunteers involved in sustainable development, the committee aims to implement various initiatives on pollinator conservation. It also raises the consciousness of the University community on conservation issues and good beekeeping practices. Thanks to this committee, four beehives have been installed on the Main Campus, and these are the home of nearly one million honeybees each summer. Honey plots and a large wasteland have been installed to ensure the protection of their habitat. Through the activities of Ruche Campus, several guides have also been developed to educate the university’s employees on the subject. The actions of Ruche Campus, since its creation, have helped develop a sustainable culture of beekeeping on the Main Campus of the Université de Sherbrooke.


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