Bee Campus USA

What is Bee Campus USA?

Bee Campus USA fosters ongoing dialogue to raise awareness of the role pollinators play in our communities and what each of us can do to provide them with healthy habitat.

​The Bee Campus USA program endorses a set of commitments, defined in an application, for creating sustainable habitats for pollinators, which are vital to feeding the planet.

College students, faculty, administrators, and staff have long been among the nation's most stalwart champions for sustainable environmental practices. That's why our aim is for Bee Campus USA to become a national movement.

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So why is Syracuse University Involved?

900 Acres of Opportunity

The University offers a vast habitat perfect for pollinators spanning over 900 acres across the campus. The Grounds crew is very active in providing healthy, native habitats to all pollinators who buzz across the orange blossoms.

Global Impact

The goals of Bee Campus USA correspond directly inline with the University's goals for a more sustainable world while spreading awareness and educating all students who walk through our doors.

Pollinator Awareness

The University has the unique ability to create a platform for all pollinators through awareness opportunities and our passionate students.

Honey Label Student Competition

Sustainability Management is hosting a competition for students to design the honey label!

BACKGROUND: In collaboration with Syracuse University Sustainability Management and Falk College Associate Teaching Professor, Lisa Olson-Gugerty, Syracuse University became the 70th Bee Campus USA affiliate in the nation in the summer of 2019. In the 2019 Academic year, Olson-Gugerty was awarded the Campus as a Lab for Sustainability (CALS) Grant for her project “Bee Orange”, which included the installation of the University’s first-ever honeybee hives in the spring of 2020 on South Campus. The first harvest produced 60 pounds of honey, with more to come as the season progressed. The abundance of honey brought forth the opportunity to highlight the creativity of Syracuse University students with the designing of a honey label to be featured on the jars in the Campus Bookstore. Students who wish to participate will have full creative freedom with their design but must include a few elements (see below) as per New York State Honey requirements. The Syracuse University Bee Campus USA Committee will then review all submissions before releasing it to the campus to vote on the label. While only students (regardless of major) are eligible to participate, all students, faculty, and staff are eligible to vote on the design.

ELIGIBILITY: All currently enrolled Syracuse University Students are eligible to participate. Each participant is limited to one submission.

REQUIREMENTS: All participants have full creative freedom to create a honey label, with a few requirements from New York State:

  • The word “honey” must be written prominently on the label. The label may include the term “pure honey” or “raw honey” and an indication of the variety, such as “fall honey” or “basswood honey” as long as the word “honey” is prominent.
  • Display “Syracuse University” within the label
  • Display “Syracuse, New York”
  • Indicate the amount of honey (1 lb) in the bottom 1/3 of the label

All labels must fit within a 3” x 1 ¾” oval. Please see below for the template. Participants can use any medium necessary to create their artistry, but need to be uploaded in PDF form.

DEADLINE: All submissions must be received in PDF format by 11:59 P.M. on November 20, 2020.

VOTING: All submissions will be reviewed by the Bee Campus USA committee. The top five submissions will be released to the campus community for voting by December 1, 2020. The winner of the competition will have their label featured in the Campus Bookstore and cafe stores on the honey. The winner will also be featured in SU News describing their design.


How to get involved

If you are a student, faculty, or staff member at the University and would like to be more involved in Bee Campus USA, reach out to Sustainability Management at