The Village of Hawthorn Woods is pleased to announce its acceptance as an affiliate with the national environmental initiative “Bee City USA®,” joining many other cities and campuses across the country united in improving their landscapes for pollinators. Hawthorn Woods Mayor Dominick DiMaggio stated, “The Board of Trustees’ unanimous support is the culmination of months of effort by sustainability advocates and village staff to accomplish this certification. We are proud to do our part for sustainability in our region and encourage others to join us.”
Bee City USA is an initiative of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon, with offices across the country. Bee City USA’s mission is to galvanize communities to sustain pollinators by providing them with healthy habitat, rich in a variety of native plants and free of insecticides. Pollinators like bumble bees, sweat bees, mason bees, honey bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, hummingbirds, and many others are responsible for the reproduction of almost ninety percent of the world’s flowering plant species and one in every three bites of food we consume.
“The program aspires to make people more PC—pollinator conscious, that is,” said Scott Hoffman Black, Xerces’ executive director. “If lots of individuals and communities begin planting native, pesticide-free flowering trees, shrubs and perennials, it will create large-scale change for many, many species of pollinators.”
Each affiliate commits to public awareness activities; will publicly acknowledge the commitment to the program through a standing committee, signage and web links; and will prepare an annual report on habitat enhancement activities. Bee City USA especially encourages school gardens and educational programs for children.
The Village of Hawthorn Woods has designated the Sustainability Committee as the facilitating committee for Hawthorn Woods’ efforts to engage the community in promoting pollinator conservation. The Sustainability Committee meets First Thursday Quarterly at 6PM at the Village Hall (2 Lagoon Drive, Hawthorn Woods, IL 60047) and invites all residents of Hawthorn Woods to offer their ideas for pollinator-friendly initiatives. The more people and organizations involved, the sooner pollinator declines will be reversed.
For more information about Hawthorn Woods’ Bee City USA program, contact Robin Grooms at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Bee City USA, visit https://www.beecityusa.org/
For more information about the Xerces Society, visit https://xerces.org/
For information about four simple ways to help pollinators, visit https://xerces.org/bringbackthepollinators/