BEEVILLE – Bee City USA® has renewed Coastal Bend College’s Bee Campus USA certification for 2018 following a rigorous renewal application process.

This completed the efforts of the Bee Campus committee to accomplish this recertification for Coastal Bend College (CBC) efforts to engage the campus in enhancing pollinator habitats both on and off-campus.

In 2016, the United Nations reported that forty percent of the world’s 350,000 pollinator species were at risk of extinction. Bee City USA is a national nonprofit organization that galvanizes communities and institutions of higher education to sustain pollinators by providing them with healthy habitats, rich in a variety of native plants and free to nearly free of pesticides. Imperiled pollinators like honey bees, bumble bees, butterflies, moths, bats, hummingbirds, and others are responsible for the reproduction of ninety percent of the world's wild plant species and one in every three bites of food we consume.

“Our college understood the importance of sustaining pollinators when we applied to become a Bee Campus USA affiliate in 2017. We commend Dean Mark Secord for the impressive gains we made last year," said CBC President Dr. Beatriz Espinoza.

According to Secord, co-chair of Bee Campus, “We could not have accomplished this without the assistance of local bee keeper and co-chair Nick Ottensman.”

A new year brings new opportunities for raising awareness of the vital role pollinators play in supporting our food systems and the planet generally. The more people and organizations involved, the sooner pollinator declines will be reversed.

To see CBC’s annual report along with those of other campuses, visit

For more information about the Bee City USA organization visit or email Director Phyllis Stiles at