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Pollinator Gardens

The produce section of grocery stores would be rather empty without the hard work of bees, birds, butterflies, bats and other pollinators. HummersMore than 80 percent of the world’s plants need pollinators to survive, including many that provide the food we eat. But today, many pollinators are in trouble. That’s why ISC-Audubon works with private and public landowners and managers to create habitat for pollinators on small to large landscapes.

 

 

 

 

10 Things You Should Know About Pollinators


1. The most common avian pollinator is a hummingbird.

2. The U.S. is home to 4,000 species of native bees.

3. Pollinators’ ecological service is valued at $200 billion each year in America.

4. ISC-Audubon manages sustainable landscape programs for residential, commercial, industrial and municipal properties and when implemented, can lead to great benefits for pollinators.

5. The southeastern blueberry bee visits about 50,000 blueberry flowers in a lifetime, leading to 6,000 ripe blueberries.

6. Ninety percent of your vitamin C comes from insect-pollinated plants.

7. Honey bees communicate by dancing.

8. Some flowers hold static charges until visited. Bumblebees, sensing static electricity, know which flowers to visit.

9. Many farm product producers, just in the year 2012 worked to create 101,000 acres of field borders, 88,000 feet of hedgerows & 3,000 acres of conservation cover, making lots of great homes for pollinators.

10. You can help pollinators, no matter if you live in the city or on a farm.

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SustainAbility Newsletter Archive Article (random)

The Nature of Sustainability

by Stephen B. Jones, PhD

Steve Jones

Sustainability is sweeping the globe – virtually every corporate home page prominently displays sustainability, environmental responsibility, environmental stewardship, or some like term. Schools, colleges, businesses, and communities likewise are embracing sustainability. All define the term more or less the same – being careful that what we do today doesn’t negatively impact our future use and enjoyment of resources, including natural, human, and economic values. For some, the philosophy and practice are real and deeply woven into the organization’s ethic and practice. For others, the words on the web page are just that – words. We’ve thought a lot about what actually walking the talk of sustainability means. We’ll dig more deeply and widely into the discussion as this column unfolds in subsequent editions of Sustainability News.

We’ll use Urbana University as a reference point. Let’s begin by thinking about walking the talk of sustainability across four dimensions:

  1. Campus “built” environment and immediate grounds;
  2. Campus “natural” spaces and associated “wild” environment;
  3. Curriculum;
  4. Individual well being.

For non-educational enterprises, we substitute “curriculum” with “lifelong learning.” All of us need to better understand and appreciate the interconnectedness of our social, economic, and environmental worlds. We add individual well-being because we believe that the only way any of us can promote, foster, live, and sustain our support for the sustainability cause is to first take care of ourselves.

We are developing Urbana University as a model for any organization to adopt sustainability. As this series progresses, we’ll develop for you some simple steps for doing what we are implementing at Urbana University:

  • Ensuring embrace of the tenets and principles of sustainability across all four dimensions
    • Implementing sustainability within the campus “built” environment and associated landscaping/grounds
    • Practicing sustainability on campus “natural” areas
    • Integrating sustainability into the curriculum
    • Adopting measures to encourage individual well-being
  • Creating a sustainability brand and identity
  • Developing a sustainability Charter

In the meantime, drop us an email and let us know what you are doing.

Steve Jones, Ph.D. is Senior Fellow with the International Sustainability Council and also President of Urbana University.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles
www.audubonlifestyles.org

The International Sustainability Council
www.thesustainabilitycouncil.org 

Sustainability Campaign
sustainabilitycampaign.blogspot.com

EnergyStar
www.energystar.gov/

The Business Alliance for Living Economies
www.livingeconomies.org

American Society of Golf Course Architects
www.asgca.org

The United States Golf Association (USGA)
www.usga.org

Sustainable Golf & Development 
www.sustainablegolfdevelopment.com

The PGA Golf Club
www.pgavillage.com

Urbana University
www.urbana.edu

   

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A Coalition for Good - Spreading the Seeds of Sustainability

ISC-Audubon is a coalition of non-profit organizations and initiatives that include The International Sustainability Council (ISC), Audubon Lifestyles, Audubon Outdoors, Planit Green, Broadcast Audubon, and the Audubon Network for Sustainability. 

Funds generated through memberships and donations are used to provide fruit & vegetable seeds, wildflower seed mix, and wildlife feed & birdseed to urban and suburban communities around the world. These seeds are used by communities to establish fruit and vegetable gardens, bird and wildlife sanctuaries, and for the beautification of urban and suburban landscapes by creating flower and native plant gardens.

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