Bee Campus USA

Bringing Our Community Together to Sustain Pollinators

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Pollinators are central to our lives for they sustain our environment and food supply.

Populations of bees and other pollinators are declining around the world. The available science suggests that multiple factors acting in combination may be at play, including loss of habitat and food sources, diseases, viruses and pests, and pesticide exposure. For example, pollinators require natural spaces with vegetation and flowering plants in which to live and forage for their food. Most native pollinators require specific plants which provide not only nutrition but habitat for larval and adults stages. 

TMCC is committed to bringing students, staff, faculty, administrators, and our community together to support sustainability efforts. The Countess Angela Dandini Garden is a site for native pollinators to visit, eat, rest, pollinate, procreate, and be protected. Sitting between the Desert Research Institute and TMCC's Dandini campus, the native pollinator garden is also a site for all members of the community to visit to enjoy nature, learn more about plants and their pollinators, or find ideas for starting your own pollinator garden.

TMCC Bee Campus Committee 

The TMCC Bee Campus USA Committee is devoted to making our campus a better place for pollinators. We strive to facilitate learning-service opportunities where students, faculty, administrators, and staff work together to conserve native pollinators by increasing the abundance of native plants, providing nest sites, and reducing the use of pesticides. 

Committee Members

  • YeVonne Allen, Executive Director, Student Life
  • Shanikan Buntha, TMCC Student, SGA Vice President
  • Cheyenne Castillo, TMCC Student, Garden Club Treasurer
  • Dr. Hieu Do, Department Chair, Mathematics
  • Dr Julia Hammet, Professors, Anthropology
  • Claira Johnson, TMCC Students, Undergraduate Research Student INBRE
  • Dr. Megan Lahti, Professor, Biology and Community Health Science
  • Miguel Martinez, Coordinator, Equity and Inclusion
  • Tina May, Administrative Assistant, Biology and Community Health Science
  • Dr. Kreg Mebust, Director, Technical Science Division
  • Anuar Meraz, TMCC Student, Garden Club Vice President
  • David Murry, Grounds Supervisor 2, Grounds Maintenance
  • Helen Scott, NSHE Specialist 1, New Student Services, Garden Club Lead Advisor
  • Adine Stormeon, Assistant Director, Veterans Upward Bound, Northern Nevada Associate Director of Outreach for NV INBRE
  • Shannon Swim, Sagebrush in Prisons Project Coordinator for NV
  • Dr. Cecilia Vigil, Professor, Biology and Community Health Science
  • Mark Weaver, Grounds Maintenance Worker 3, Grounds Maintenance