Belmont’s City’s City Council unanimously voted on July 1, 2019 to become a Bee City USA®, joining more than a hundred other cities and campuses across the country united in improving their landscapes for pollinators. The Council’s action is the culmination of months of effort by Belmont’s Environmental Sustainability Board and city staff to accomplish this certification.
Bee City USA is an initiative of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon, with offices across the country. Bee City USA’s mission is to galvanize communities to sustain pollinators by providing them with healthy habitat, rich in a variety of native plants and free of insecticides. Pollinators like bumble bees, sweat bees, mason bees, honey bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, hummingbirds and many others are responsible for the reproduction of almost ninety percent of the world's flowering plant species and one in every three bites of food we consume.
During the process of applying for the certification, a number of organizations were brought into the discussions including Gaston Bee Keepers and the Belmont Community Garden.
The City has designated the Environmental Sustainability Board (ESB) as the facilitating committee for Belmont’s efforts to engage the community in promoting pollinator conservation. The ESB committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month in Council Chambers (115 N. Main St.) and invites all residents of Belmont to offer their ideas for pollinator-friendly initiatives. The more people and organizations involved, the sooner pollinator declines will be reversed.