In July 2016, Roosevelt University expanded its “Living and Learning Labs” with the addition of an apiary to the Schaumburg Campus. Affirming the University’s’ mission to support social justice and sustainability, Roosevelt made this addition by partnering with Sweet Beginnings LLC., a subsidiary of the North Lawndale Employment Network.
This partnership helps renew our community by providing skills and work for citizens reentering the workforce. This partnership also provides living space for the hardest working insects and the lynchpin of your food system: Apis mellifera, aka, the noble honey bee. This mighty insect is responsible for pollinating up to 1/3 of our fruits and vegetables. Despite the honey bee’s central role to global agriculture, Apis mellifera is under siege worldwide, from colony collapse disorder and loss of habitat. These mighty flyers will reinvigorate the surrounding environment around RU and promote a healthy and balanced biotic community.
Presently, Roosevelt’s Schaumburg Campus is home to two hives with hopes to increase the amount in the future. The apiary can be spotted from the prairie path, near the community garden, so if you’re curious we invite you to come visit. Please be aware that the bees are protective of their homes so please stay back from the hives/do not provoke the bees, and every party will be just fine.
~Author, Nicholas Waskowski, Environmental Sustainability Student Associate| Roosevelt University, Schaumburg Campus Planning and Operations. ~