Urban Beekeeping Project
We are committed to re-purposing campus space to grow food locally and naturally and activating solutions for positive environmental, social and economic impact. Our Urban Beekeeping project has a particular emphasis on increasing food security in an urban setting and focuses on education and economic sustainability as effective strategies for achieving these goals.
WHAT IS THE URBAN BEEKEEPING PROJECT?
- Urban Bee Keeping supports pollinators, specifically honey bees, whose populations are declining at an alarming rate due to environmental challenges including habitat loss, pesticide use, and climate change.
- The project includes four rooftop flow hives, and several ground-level bee hotels (meant for solitary bees), which will be deployed by the Edmonton and Area Land Trust.
- The City of Edmonton recently approved the Urban Bee Keeping pilot project which has encouraged citizens to keep backyard bees across the city. MacEwan University will be joining City Hall, the Mosaic Centre, and Manasc Issac in keeping rooftop bees.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF URBAN BEEKEEPING?
- Bees pollinate a significant amount of the food we eat, up to 70% according to a recent UN report, and are essential to biodiversity and plant reproduction. Keeping bees at MacEwan University provides habitat for these pollinators, thereby encouraging food security and raising awareness of the challenges we face in our changing climate.
- Honey produced will be sold through MacEwan Dining Services, with a projected ROI of two harvests or 18 months.
WHERE IS THE PROJECT LOCATED?
- Bees will be kept on the rooftop of building 5, and bee hotels will be located on the ground around building 5.
WHY IS THIS PROJECT IMPORTANT?
- Urban Beekeeping Project aligns with the MacEwan University pillar of sustainability and continues to innovate using creative approaches for a sustainable campus.
- Urban Beekeeping Project focuses on MacEwan University values by engaging with students, inspiring innovative solutions, and connecting department pathways for achievement and growth.
- As part of the MacEwan University Food Security and Sustainable Dining (FSSD) Project, we aim to increase the capacity and resilience of the region’s food system and local enterprises
For more information about our Urban Beekeeping Project, please contact the Office of Sustainability at email@example.com