Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.42
Liaison Mary-Lee Townsend
Submission Date Feb. 1, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Western University
IN-24: Innovation A

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Connor Donald
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Management
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Honey for Great Hall Catering

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 2016, four honey bee hives were installed by Executive Chef, Kristian Crossen and licensed apiarist (beekeeper) Rick Huismann.

BENEFITS TO GREAT HALL CATERING
• Honey will be used in recipes, served with tea and coffee, and bottled for sale
• Honeycomb will be incorporated into the local cheese plates
• Beeswax will be used to polish the wooden serving platters

BENEFITS TO COMMUNITY AND AGRICULTURE
• The majority of our fruits and vegetables and some of our animal food crops rely on honey bees for pollination. The following crops are dependent on honey bees for 90% of their pollination:
o Apples
o Blueberries
o Cranberries
o Alfalfa

BENEFIT TO ENVIRONMENT
• Honey bees are pollinators of some native plants
• Local production will reduce emissions and waste production
• On campus hives will spark interest and increase awareness about our food systems and sustainable food practices.

Last year alone, this system produced 160 lbs of honey, which were used on site at Western


Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Campus Engagement
Food & Dining
Grounds

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
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The website URL where information about the innovation is available :
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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