Bee Campus USA

What Is Bee Campus USA?

Bee Campus USA

Bee Campus USA is an organization committed to helping and motivating universities to sustain pollinators by providing them with a healthy habitat, rich in a variety of native plants. The Bee Campus USA program is designed to help institutions of higher education set an example and blaze a trail for pollinator conscious ornamental landscaping.

Visit the Bee Campus USA site to learn more about their work to protect pollinators.

UTD’s Pollinator Friendly Mission

UTD’s Pollinator Friendly Mission

UT Dallas is committed to stewarding our land and resources in a sustainable manner to help the conservation and protection of pollinators. Our hope is that through education and hands-on learning, students and staff will have the knowledge and confidence to emulate our conservation projects in their own homes and communities. UT Dallas strives to be a campus where learning goes beyond the classroom and land serves to protect the native habitat.

As a Bee Campus, UT Dallas is responsible for a series of commitments to promote pollinators and pollinator-friendly habitats on campus. These commitments include maintain and oversight committee, hosting annual awareness events, sponsoring service projects, offering pollinator-based curriculum, and developing a Campus Pollinator Habitat Plan.

The Campus Pollinator Habitat Plan includes the native pollinator-friendly plant list (XLSX [Office Open XML Workbook] ) and the integrated pest management plan (PDF [Portable Document Format File] ). Incorporate some of these plants into your home garden to bee-friend some local pollinators!

Meet the Committee!

Sophia Boisvert Co-Chair
Gary Cocke Co-Chair
Dr. Christina Thompson Faculty Representative
Dr. Scott Rippel Faculty Representative
Dale Bufkin Grounds Supervisor
Mackenzie Hunter Staff Representative
Craig Lewis Staff Representative
Lorena Medrano Student Representative
Rohini Kapoor Student Representative
Genna Campain Student Government Representative
Helia Alaghemand Sustainability Club Representative

Pollinator Events

Butterfly Flutterby

Butterfly Flutterby!

Butterfly Flutterby is a hands on educational experience where students can help maintain our largest Monarch waystation by planting milkweed and other native pollinator friendly plants, or tag Monarch butterflies as they Migrate through Dallas to help the ongoing efforts of the Monarch Watch!

To register for upcoming events contact the Office of Student Volunteerism.

Community Garden / Pollinator Garden

Community Garden / Pollinator Garden

The Community Garden not only serve to feed our students and staff, but our pollinators as well! Together, our pollinator Garden and Community Garden serve as temporary homes to many insects, not the least of which are the Monarch butterfly and the Yellow Swallow Butterfly!

To volunteer to help with the Community Garden and Pollinator Garden contact the Office of Student Volunteerism.

Earth Week

Earth Week

Earthweek 2019 holds many opportunities for education and involvement in pollinator conservation, stay tuned for our bee tent on the mall, bee hive installs, and more butterfly flutterby events!

If you have questions about UT Dallas pollinator conservation or sustainability please contact us at

Bee Friendly Balcony

Bee Friendly Balcony

As more and more of our land is being developed, pollinator habitat is rapidly declining. University students and urban dwellers often wonder how they can participate in restoring pollinator habitat and reducing our footprint with the very limited space that they have available. The Office of Sustainability has developed a simple chart to help you get started in restoring pollinator habitat! In addition to helping out the pollinators in our neighborhoods, many of these plants produce edible fruits or add beautiful color to your balcony garden!

To get started, it’s important to assess the light conditions of your balcony so that your plants have the best chance of survival! South facing balconies are the most desired for food production, followed closely by East, West, and then North facing. Make sure to choose plants that grow well under your balcony’s light conditions.

Next, you will need to assess how much time and love you will be able to give to your balcony garden; with students giving more time to classes and work, having low maintenance plants can be a nice way to participate in restoring habitat without the pressure for daily care. If however, you are ready to jump into the fun of cultivating a bee-friendly balcony, you may be able to choose plants that require more watering!


High Water Requirements + Full Sun
Strawberries (acidic soil)
High Water Requirements + Partial Shade
Bee Balm
Bleeding Heart
Hydrangea (acidic soil) * [Requires acidic soil and its own large pot. Do not cut back in winter.]
Lemon Balm
Low Water Requirements + Full Sun
English Ivy
Low Water Requirements + Partial Shade
English Ivy
Forget Me Not
Lamb’s Ear

Note: It is helpful to plant “like with like”, for example: plant things that require the same amount of watering in the same container. We’ve laid out these quadrants to help you decide what plants to put together according to their water needs and the light conditions of your apartment.

Note on Hydrangea: Requires acidic soil and its own large pot due to the size of the plant. Do not cut back hydrangea in the winter as it requires the twigs to re-bloom.

Pro Tip #1: Adding mulch can reduce evaporation to conserve time and water resources, however, note that mulch should only be added after the seedling has developed full leaves.

Pro Tip #2: You can save money by recycling old containers and using them as pots and planters! You can use cans, jars, to-go cups, yogurt containers (use the lid as a saucer!), storage bins, etc. Get creative!