Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

SAIT’s Bee Campus initiative began in 2009 with a plan for a culinary garden, which sparked the idea of rooftop beehives. In 2014, the rooftop apiary was installed, but now the beehives act as more than a honey source for the School of Hospitality and Tourism. They are an educational tool and conversation starter for native pollinators, pollinator habitat creation, and pesticide use. 

SAIT’s Indigenous Plant Species Biome, planted in the summer of 2017, has inspired the SAIT Beekeeping Club to increase pollinator nectar and pollen sources. Students in all fields have the opportunity to learn about native pollinator conservation and the effect of habitat loss on both managed honeybee hives and diverse local pollinators. Our technical college looks forward to welcoming, spreading the word, and creating healthy homes for these invaluable pollinators!

Belvedere Parkway Eco Leaders

Belvedere Parkway Eco Leaders

Belvedere Parkway Eco Leaders

Belvedere Parkway Eco Leaders club is thrilled to accept the designation of the first Bee City School in Calgary, Alberta! We are a committed group of Grade 3 to 6 students that have been working to promote pollination in our local environment. Our goal is to attract local solitary bees and other pollinators by expanding our existing school vegetable garden and planting a local native wildflower garden and other ‘bee loving’ plants and installing solitary bee homes. We are excited to continue educating ourselves, so we may pass on our knowledge to others when we celebrate National Pollinator Week!

University of Calgary

University of Calgary

University of Calgary

Guided by an Institutional Sustainability Strategy, sustainability is part of everything we do at UCalgary, including research, teaching and learning, campus and community engagement, and our daily operational and administrative practices. This includes creating and enhancing native pollinator habitats on campus. Our organic campus community garden has specific beds designated for native wildflower planting such as Arctic Aster, Black Eyed Susan, and Yellow Cone Flower.

The Department of Biological Sciences conducts ongoing research to understand bees and other beneficial insects to promote conservation on agricultural and urban landscapes. We also have one of the largest physical bee collections in Canada, with over 100,000 specimens. Visitors can explore the digital collection and database learn to identify and protect endangered bee species.

City of Calgary

City of Calgary

Calgary

Alberta’s largest city is 36th Bee City

The City of Calgary seeks designation as a Bee City to highlight its mandate to improve the health and well being of its communities. The City recognizes the direct connection community well being and biodiversity, as identified in its BiodiverCity strategic plan. A Bee City designation further supports The City’s commitment to protect, sustainably utilize, and manage biodiversity for its role as the foundation of our existence. Supporting pollinator habitat via a Bee City designation is a powerful way for The City and its citizens to advance this work.

Airdrie

Airdrie

Airdrie

Alberta community is 23rd Bee City

The City of Airdrie is actively creating and maintaining pollinator-friendly areas within its parks and open spaces! Native trees, shrubs and forbs are being planted and steps have been taken to provide nesting areas for cavity and ground nesting bees. In addition, the City has introduced an urban beekeeping pilot, activities to build public awareness about pollinators and is home to a community orchard which provides healthy pollinator habitat.