Pace’s Bee Campus
Pace University’s Pleasantville campus has become certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program, joining 90 other campuses around the country. This designation was awarded based on Pace’s commitment to creating a sustainable habitat for pollinators.
The initiative was led by GreenPace and the Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment, with committee members including clinical associate professor of environmental studies and science Michael Rubbo, PhD, director of capital projects William Carey, director of energy and resiliency Ryan McEnany, and Noah Brennan ’21, who gathered the necessary information for the application process. Membership on this committee is open to all Pace faculty, staff, and students.
The idea was born out of Rubbo’s interest in pollinator conservation and existing activities by Dyson College’s Nature Center, which houses beehives for demonstration and education, planting pollinator gardens on campus. Future plans include building more gardens so that students can both study them and develop solutions for conservation, creating educational signage, and hosting pollinator-focused events. On the importance of this designation, Rubbo says, “it shows our commitment to creating a sustainable campus that will function both as healthy ecosystem for native plants and animals and as a living laboratory for students.”
Program Manager, Pace University
Keep up with the work being done by Pace students, faculty and volunteers in the organic vegetable garden on Pace’s Pleasantville campus.
Maddie Feaster is a Masters in Environmental Policy student at Pace University. She entered Pace’s program following her experience as a volunteer for Sound Watch in Friday Harbor, WA. Here she talks about her experiences working with Friends of San Juans and her upcoming internship with Hudson Riverkeeper for the Gabel Fellowship.