The college recently signed the SDG Accord. The signing of this accord committed the college to make tangible changes to its operations and its impact on the environment. Simultaneously Georgian is exploring the delivery of more programming in agriculture, especially in the areas of sustainable practices in agriculture.
Given these two significant milestones in the colleges position on milestones it is not surprising that it is recognized that pollinators provide many beneficial ecological services, such as removing contaminants from water, producing oxygen, limiting soil erosion, producing soil nutrients, sequestering carbon and have a crucial and increasing role in the food production process. As an educational institution, it is important for us to be at the forefront promoting awareness and education to our students.
Georgian College has established a no-mow zone and planted our first pollinator garden. We plan to expand these areas and gardens each year. We have also established our first two beehives and hope to expand these as well in succeeding years, along with introducing educational programming centered around beekeeping.
We have established a no-mow zone and planted our first pollinator garden. The pollinator garden includes the following species: hyssop, aster, bee balm or wild bergamot, blazing star, milkweed, butterfly weed, pica bella coneflower, black-eyed susan (rudbeckia sp.), lupins, peony. We plan to expand these gardens each year.