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Benefits to your community
Ensure survival of vital animal species
Help to ensure the survival of vital animal species crucial to our planet's functioning ecosystems.
Build community locally and nationally
Bring your community together around a positive, shared cause and connect with others across the country that have made the same commitment.
Improve local food production
Raise community awareness of how our food grows and improve local food production through expanded pollination.
Support small businesses
Support the growth of local businesses including native plant nurseries and pollinator friendly landscaping.
Address pest problems with fewer pesticides
Raise community awareness of the least toxic ways to tackle home and garden pest problems. Mobilize your community to remove non-native invasive plants to make way for locally native plant species.
Heighten awareness of biological diversity
Raise community awareness of the local environment’s diversity of plant and pollinator species.
Mailed Welcome Package With Pollinator Conservation Resources
Receive a mailed welcome package including Xerces Society books and guidelines, Bee City USA or Bee Campus USA brochures and bookmarks, and a pollinator habitat sign.
Access to an Online Affiliate Portal
Gain access to an affiliate portal where you can explore a variety of resources including helpful information for creating an Integrated Pest Management plan, native plant list, and native plant supplier list. Through the portal affiliates can also interact with other affiliates using the online forum, post their events to the community calendar, and view materials to assist with outreach and education.
Custom Logo and Street Sign Artwork
As an affiliate you will receive files for a custom affiliate logo that can be used on any materials associated with your work as well as artwork for a street sign.
Access to Training Opportunities
Affiliates will be invited to attend training opportunities, event promo kits, outreach kits, workshops, and webinars on a variety of topics including Integrated Pest Management, planting to support pollinators, and outreach and education.
Support From Pollinator Conservation Experts
Gain access to Xerces pollinator conservation staff across the country. Affiliates are welcome to contact the Xerces Society for one on one support.
Recognition of Conservation Work
Affiliates of Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA gain national recognition for their work to conserve pollinators. Affiliates are listed on the Bee City USA website and can use their affiliation to promote their community’s commitment to conservation. There are also opportunities for affiliates to share their work through presenting as part of webinars and writing blog posts.
AASHE STARS Grounds Certification Exemplary Practice Credit
The Bee Campus USA affiliation earns two Grounds Certification exemplary practice credit points in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) system. The STARS system is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.
New! Funding opportunity for New Mexican applicants
Our friends at the Petrie Foundation in Santa Fe are offering a grant opportunity for existing and prospective Bee City USA and Bee Campus USA affiliates in New Mexico to encourage them to further reduce their pesticide use. View Petrie Foundation’s request for proposals (external link).
- Up to $100,000 per award; $1,000,000 total available funding.
- Up to 25 grants will be awarded.
- RFPs accepted February 1, 2023 to October 1, 2023.
- Grant awards will be divided into two equal payments over two years.