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Bee Campus Ontario Tech University

Ontario Tech is a Bee Campus

Ontario Tech University is located on the lands of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation and the campus is surrounded by hectares of lush greenery and ravine systems. Not only does the natural space provide mental and physical health benefits to the community, but it also provides essential food and shelter to a variety of different pollinators. The school takes great measures to care for the land and plan infrastructure in a way that supports pollinator populations and educates the community on the importance of pollinators.

Over the course of 2022, Ontario Tech has planted 150 trees and continued to expand the existing pollinator gardens. The apiary was also upgraded to insulated bee boxes to help our honey bees continue to pollinate and produce honey. Similarly, Ontario Tech has continued to maintain the green roofs, bioswales, bat boxes and orchards – all of which support a variety of pollinator species.
Beyond the physical maintenance of pollinator spaces, the Pollinator Team has involved students, staff, and the community in tours of the apiary, planting opportunities, and in-school workshops.

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June 2019

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Ontario Tech University, since inception, has weaved sustainability practices and princi­ples into the campus’ mission and core values, while integrating it into the daily operations from curriculum and research opportunities, to strategic and planning decisions to building design and maintenance. It was key, during the design of the campus (2002), to take advantage of the existing natural features and preserve the beautiful landscape. The institution built a compre­hensive storm water management system to mitigate negative impacts to the nearby Oshawa Creek and the ravine. Various low impact development strategies were incorporated to include bio retention areas in and around parking lots, linear wetlands along the Colonnade, and grassed swales. The grey water collection system reuses over 88,000 litres of water per day from the Aquatic Toxicology lab and added the underground rainwater harvesting cistern which is then reused for toilets and urinals in various buildings. Ontario Tech University also has nine green roofs, covering approximately 1600m2, comprised of a variety of pollinator-friendly flow­ers and native grasses. These design elements along with the green roofs help support a vari­ety of pollinator species.

The Office of Campus Infrastructure and Sustainability (OCIS) began the Pollinator Pro­ject in 2016, which included the creation of a 500m2 pollinator garden, and the addition of three bee boxes after honey bees were discovered in the walls of three barns on the property. Over the last three years this program has grown significantly to include over three hectares of hydro­seeded wildflower gardens, community garden plots, a tree nursery of over 500 trees, bat homes and solitary bee hotels. An apple and pear orchard was created in 2019 and the apiary home to 40 beehives. OCIS along with the Pollinator team have hosted various annual events, activities and educational workshops to foster, protect, and create healthy habitats for bees, but­terflies, birds, bats and other pollinators.

June 2019
Bee Campus Ontario Tech University

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