Pollinator Habitat Advisory Committee
In an effort to further the goals of the Pitt Sustainability Plan, the University has created a diverse and interdisciplinary Pollinator Habitat Advisory Committee to help make our campus environment more supportive of healthy, native pollinator populations.
A subcommittee of the Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Sustainability, the University of Pittsburgh’s Pollinator Habitat Advisory Committee’s goals are to:
- Create and advise on the implementation a Campus Pollinator Habitat Plan, which sets guidelines for plant choices and landscaping practices.
- Lead the University’s annual Bee Campus USA application through the Xerces Society.
- CO-CHAIR: Samantha Chan, Assistant Director of Sustainability, Office of Sustainability
- CO-CHAIR: Meghan Orman, Doctoral Student, School of Education + Office of Child Development
- Dr. Tia-Lynn Ashman, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
- Rachel Bowers, Planner; Planning, Design, & Construction
- Jonathan Burgess, Director, Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory
- Sarah Cutshall, Undergraduate Student & Founder, Bee Friendly Pitt
- Allyson Frantz, Undergraduate & Founder, Relearn Our Land Initiative
- Patty Himelright, Assistant Manager of Grounds, Facilities Management
- Juliana Hunt, Undergraduate & Founder, Relearn Our Land Initiative
- Julia Mascho, Sustainability Intern, Facilities Management
- Beth Ann Mayer, Undergraduate Student, Events Coordinator, Students for Sustainability
- Greg Null, Assistant Director for Assessment & Accreditation, Office of Medical Education, School of Medicine
- Dr. Aurora Sharrard, Executive Director of Sustainability, Office of Sustainability
- Madeline Weiss, Student Sustainability Engagement Coordinator, Student Affairs
Read more about Pitt’s efforts related to pollinators. including our on-campus bee houses.
Interested in research on bees? Check out these:
- Economic Dependence and Vulnerability of United States Agricultural Sector on Insect-Mediated Pollination Service (Jordan et al. 2021)
- The best wildflowers for wild bees (Nichols et al. 2019)
- Considering the unintentional consequences of pollinator gardens for urban native plants: is the road to extinction paved with good intentions? (Johnson et al. 2017)