The Research Triangle Park has a long-standing commitment to sustainability. RTP features world-leading science and technology companies, and many of them are working to ensure a better, more sustainable future. Preserving pollinators is an important step in creating a sustainable future. There are a variety of pollinators that are essential to the production of our fruits and vegetables. Pollination is an “ecosystem service”, which means it is something the ecosystem does without prompting to improve our planet and human health. Without pollinators, we would have to pollinate our produce manually, which would cost an enormous amount of time and money.
For Pollinator Week 2016, we wanted to celebrate and raise awareness of our awesome pollinators, so we invited a variety of participants to come to events around RTP. At RTP Headquarters, we hosted an event called “Birds, Butterflies, Bees, and Blooms,” featuring a variety of experts in ecology. We also partnered with the Triangle Land Conservancy to host “Wild Ideas for Birds and Bees” at The Frontier. We posed the following question to some of the presenters: “What should people take away from today?” Here are their answers:
Did you know that RTP has a committee dedicated to protecting the environment? Environment@RTP is a group of people from around RTP who share a commitment to sustainability. Join today!
Want to learn more about pollinators, specifically bees? Check out this blog we recently published, which breaks things down into simple terms.
Thank you to all who participated!