New Pollinator Path on Campus!
This summer, Sustainability Office students Aubrey Arnt and Collin Dobie worked hard to create a pollinator path on campus. Their efforts built on previous efforts from students. In 2016, Macalester College became the first designated neonicotinoid-free campus in Minnesota, due to the efforts of Emily Sylvestre ‘16 . As a BEE Protective school, Macalester has discontinued the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, incorporated pollinator-friendly habits on campus, and committed to educate both the college and the broader community about pollinators. In 2018, the former MCSG Sustainability Officer, Molly Flerlage ‘18, saw Pollinator Path signs on the University of St. Thomas campus. She connected the Sustainability Office with the St. Thomas Biology Professor Doreen Schroeder and Greenhouse Manager Catherine Grant who developed St. Thomas’s path. As a result, this summer, Aubrey Arnt and Collin Dobie researched potential Pollinator Path sites and worked with Communications staff to develop the signs for the Macalester campus. This path is another indicator of our campus’s commitment to pollinators, and therefore sustainability. Keep an eye out for the pollinator path signs on campus!