Home > Bee Campuses > Vancouver Island University

Vancouver Island University

Bee Campus Vancouver Island University

VIU is the first Bee Campus in BC!

VIU is a medium sized university located in Northern Vancouver Island. The Master of Community Planning programs focus on rural/urban environments mirrors the current habitat of pollinators and teaches sustainable, regionally specific community planning as well as implementing these lessons into the campus itself. These programs, combined with the management of the community gardens and a student led project for campus design work to identify and to achieve VIU’s sustainable development goals. Pollinator health is integral to this work, combining planting, planning, place making and partnership!

July 2019

Bee Campus Application

Vancouver Island University is a medium sized University located in Northern Vancouver Island. The Master of Community Planning programs’ goal is to create urban planners who are able to shape communities encountering climate change and other environmental issues; pollinator health is among these issues. Our programs focus on rural/urban interface mirrors the current habitat of pollinators, species that may create new habitat within urban and peri-urban environments. Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute, a center for research and knowledge sharing, has a unique opportunity to build a baseline of research where none currently exists and to highlight the relationship between the insects and plants of our area, as well as the people who live among them. MCP and MABRRI both work with communities parks and recreation plans, and this work has already included research and community consultation relating to the health and habitat of its pollinators. In addition to this work, the program seeks to highlight the work of individuals in food system, environmental and climate change planning and supports the work of these individuals to create best planning practices for pollinators.

At present, the program has taken over management of the community gardens to create pollinator spaces on campus. The university is actively working to achieve the UNESCO sustainable development goals and, in particular, has drawn attention to the roles of pollinators in this endeavor. The university has identified pollinator health under the goals they have set forth to achieve ( #2 of the SDGs- eliminating hunger) as it seeks to create food opportunities on campus. In addition to this goal, the Master of Community Planning program works to create ‘Sustainable Cities’ and incorporates the below actions into all of the work the student body takes on.

July 2019
Bee Campus Vancouver Island University

Photo Gallery