Bee Campus USA

flowers outside of University Hall Photo: Roberta Dupuis-DevlinThe University of Illinois at Chicago is the first official Bee Campus USA in the state of Illinois! UIC earned the prestigious recognition from Bee City USA.

Everyone at UIC is dedicated to pollinator conservation.

  • Researchers from the department of Biological Sciences’ Ecology & Evolution group have done extensive work on pollinators and urban landscapes. Dr. Alan Molumby, the chair of the UIC Bee Campus USA, researches bees and pollinators. You can learn more about Dr. Molumby’s work here. Dr. Emily Minor studies the effect of populations in an urbanized environment. Read more about Dr. Minor’s work here.
  • The Plant Research Laboratory hosts many native plants on the grounds surrounding the greenhouse that attract many pollinators including bumble bees and butterflies. Undergraduate Biology students can also study native prairie composition and structure here.
  • Students from the UIC Heritage Garden work to promote environmental sustainability, cultural diversity, and social justice. There are 8 satellite gardens in and around the Quad. One garden is dedicated to the preservation of monarch butterflies by planting native milkweed. Another garden is a bioswale with native plants that attract other pollinators to campus. 
  • The James Woodworth Prairie (JWP) is owned by UIC through the department of Biological Sciences, but is located in Glenview, IL.  JWP maintains native populations pf prairie plants and hosts researchers that wish to investigate native prairies and pollinators. JWP is open to the public and gives tours. Nearly 40 different bee species were found at JWP – see the report here.
  • The  Energy Resource Center in the College of Engineering at UIC focuses on Monarch butterfly conservation by designating habitat locations. The group also facilitates a Rights-of-Way as Habitat Working Group focused on the utility and transportation sectors to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators.
  • The UIC Tree Advisory Committee that works under the guidance of Tree Campus USA is committed to a diverse tree canopy on campus that helps attract a variety of pollinators to campus. 
  • The Chancellor’s Committee on Sustainability and Energy Grounds subcommittee works toward the Biodiverse Campus goals of the UIC Climate Commitments to ensure UIC uses sustainable landscaping methods on campus that will attract a diversity of butterflies, bees, and other pollinators.
  • The UIC Grounds Department publishes a guide book with pictures of plants on campus and how to care for them that all members of the UIC Grounds department uses to ensure proper maintenance of our plants.

Plant Locations at UIC

There are pollinator-friendly plants all over campus – although you may not see them until the summer when they are in full bloom. See below for a list of the pollinator-friendly plants and their locations.         

  • Allium Summer Beauty:  attracts pollinators & butterflies. You can experience the plant near the College of Dentistry, The College of Pharmacy, Chicago Circle Memorial Grove, Sports and Fitness Center, and the Student Services Building. 
  • Amsonia Blue Ice: attracts pollinators, butterflies & wildlife. You can experience the plant near the Sports and Fitness Center and the “Class of 1966” landscape just west of Student Center East.
  • Calamintha: attracts butterflies & pollinators. You can experience the plant near the Peoria Street Bridge.
  • Catmintattracts butterflies, hummingbirds & pollinators. You can experience the plant near the Chicago Circle Memorial Grove, most parking lots, and the “Tobacco Free” planters campus wide. This is the most common pollinator-friendly plant on campus!
  • Gro-Low Sumac: attracts butterflies & wildlife. You can experience the plant near most parking lots, the College of Pharmacy, Chicago Circle Memorial Grove, and the “Class of 1966” landscape just west of Student Center East.
  • Hydrangea paniculataattracts pollinators & butterflies. You can experience the plant near Student Center East, the College of Dentistry, the College of Pharmacy, Chicago Circle Memorial Grove, and Stevenson Hall.    
  • Rhus typhina: attracts pollinators. You can experience the plant near the Flames athletic Center, Grant Hall, and the “Class of 1966” landscape just west of Student Center East.
  • Rudbeckia Goldsturmattracts pollinators, butterflies & wildlife. You can experience the plant near the “Class of 1966” landscape just west of Student Center East.
  • Sporobolus heterolepsisattracts pollinators, butterflies & wildlife. You can experience the plant near the “Tobacco Free” planters campus wide as well as near Douglas Hall.

Bee Campus USA Committee

Chair

Alan Molumby, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences molumby@uic.edu

Members

Rosa Cabrera, Director, Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center

Iris Caldwell, Research Engineer, Energy Resource Center

John Caruso, Ground Gardener, Facilities Management

Kristy Kambanis, Assistant Director for STEM Initiatives, Degrees Progress Office

Emily Minor, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Carly Rizor, Superintendent of Grounds, Facilities Management

Lisa Sanzenbacher, Program Coordinator, Office of Sustainability

Meetings

Please check back for meeting minutes and updates.

Annual Report

Service Learning Projects

Pollinator Course

Please check back for updates.

UIC Habitat Plan

Please check back for updates.

Calling all Shutterbugs!

Do you like taking pictures of nature? If you capture a pollinator on campus (bees, butterflies, etc) send the photo to sustainability@uic.edu or post to social media and let us know @SustainableUIC. We will publish your picture on our website!

 

About Bee Campus USA and Bee City USA

The Bee Campus USA designation recognizes educational campuses that commit to a set of practices that support pollinators, including bees, butterflies, birds, and bats, among thousands of other species. For more information about the application process for becoming a Bee Campus USA affiliate, visit http://www.beecityusa.org/application-campus.html.

Bee City USA® urges local governments, individuals, organizations, corporations, and communities to promote and establish pollinator–friendly landscapes that are free of pesticides.  Since its inception in Asheville, North Carolina in 2012, many cities have been certified across the nation and many others are in the process of preparing applications. For more information about the application process for becoming a Bee City USA community, visit http://www.beecityusa.org/application-city.html.