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Bees @ UniMelb
Bees@UniMelb plays an important role in meeting the University’s commitment to develop and maintain its campuses as living laboratories of sustainable communities. The initiative aims to educate staff and students about bees and beekeeping, utilising 5 hives located across two campuses.
The initiative launched in 2016 with a small start-up investment. The program is now self-funded entirely via honey sales and managed by a passionate group of staff and student volunteers.
In addition to making delicious honey, the bees contribute to inner city fruit and vegetable production by pollinating neighbouring gardens, whilst providing unique learning and teaching, research and engagement opportunities.
As a living laboratory, Bees@UniMelb demonstrates the importance of a sustainable ecosystem. This Green Gown award is fantastic recognition of a dedicated group of colleagues and students keen to share their knowledge and skills with the community. Congratulations to our passionate researchers and beekeepers.
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