As a part of PPAN (People and Pollinators Action Network), the mission of the Pollinator Safe Neighborhood project is to create cleaner, healthier, and more biologically diverse environments- one neighborhood at a time- safe for bees and other pollinators.
We achieve our mission by educating and empowering local citizens, communities, and organizations to...
Create Pollinator Safe Neighborhoods* and Communities **
Organize educational businesses outreach campaigns and get local businesses to take the Pollinator Safe Business pledge.
Collaborate with governments to pass pollinator-friendly legislation.
Our grassroots environmental non-profit began in March of 2014 when three neighbors realized the harm that neonicotinoids were wreaking in the environment. Our mission was to work together to create a bee safe neighborhood by encouraging our neighbors to pledge to neither use pesticides nor buy plants pretreated with pesticides. In just three weeks, we mobilized 20 volunteers to reach 200 households.
Since then, we have achieved many accomplishments in Boulder County, including:
Many neighborhoods in Boulder County have become bee safe or are in the process. We include churches, schools, co-housing communities and farms as bee safe communities.
We canvassed 95 stores in Boulder County, sending out volunteers to meet with business managers, landscapers, and lawn care specialists to raise awareness of the bee crisis (more than 40% of hives nationwide were lost last year).
We have encouraged 34 businesses to pledge to stop using or selling plants and other plant products pretreated with neonicotinoids, as well as have worked with these businesses to offer organic alternatives for lawn and garden care.
In response to growing consumer demand for neonicotinoid-free products in Boulder County, many Colorado wholesale growers now have switched their growing practices to safer ones.
Inspired by our work, the City of Boulder passed a Bee Safe Resolution in May of 2015.
The City of Boulder now organizes Pollinator Appreciation Month each year to promote the health of bees and other pollinators. Events include film screenings, a family festival in Central Park, panel discussions at the library, and the coordination of the national Bee Conference.
*A Bee Safe Neighborhood, as outlined by The Living Systems Institute, is a neighborhood in which at least 75 contiguous households have pledged to not use neonicotinoids in their gardens and yards.
**A Bee Safe Community is group made up of less than 75 households who have pledged to not use neonicotinoids in their gardens and yards and can include churches, schools, co-housing communities, HOAs, retirement communities, rural areas, etc.