The Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. has been working hard to reduce its environmental footprint. In June 2019, these efforts helped us earn LEED® Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council – their highest distinction. Not content to rest on our laurels, we have continued to look for new and innovative ways to become a model for sustainability.
Out latest efforts will definitely create a buzz. Earlier this year, we partnered with Alvéole, a Montreal based company that installs beehives at businesses and schools across North America. On June 2, we officially launched that partnership with the installation of two beehives on the roof of the Embassy, which will serve as a great complement to our Monarch butterfly garden.
By now, most of us have heard about the decline of bee populations around the world and the impact that has for our environment. Studies have shown that one third of the food that we eat depends on pollinators like bees. We want to play our part to ensure that bee populations are healthy and start to make a comeback. Thousands of bees from the Embassy’s hives will fan out across Washington D.C. every day, collecting pollen and playing an important role in our local environment.
Physical distancing measures mean that we will have to wait for a bit before our employees get more involved with our bee project. However, we are excited to work with Alvéole to help connect our people to nature. We all have an important role to play in protecting our planet.
Bee hives are a great starting point for a deeper environmental education – and education leads to inspiration, which leads to action.
Stay tuned for more details – we’ll regularly post updates about our beehives on our social media channels. Follow us to learn more!