Pollinator Protection Program


  • Emory is the first university in the nation to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides and the purchase of plants pre-treated with neonicotinoids.
  • Through pollinator protection policy, education, and action, Emory models best practices for species biodiversity protection and food system security.

Concerned about the plight of bees and other pollinators, which are essential for two-thirds of the food crops we eat every day, Emory University developed a comprehensive Pollinator Protection Commitment in 2014.


By requiring the nurseries that provide plants for landscaping on campus to withhold treating their vegetation with neonicotinoid pesticides, Emory is supporting a larger movement toward sustainability in the industry by changing the way in which nurseries grow their plants.

As a result of removing invasive species on campus and planting pollinator-attractive species, we’re able to increase biodiversity by incorporating a wide variety of healthy plant species.

Adding pollinator habitats along our campus creeks and streams also enhances water quality and mitigates stormwater runoff by slowing and filtering the water before it reaches the streams.

How It Works

Emory University adopted a comprehensive Pollinator Protection Policy that…

  • Eliminates neonicotinoid use on campus grounds
    Purchase plants for campus landscaping that have not been pre-treated with neonicotinoids, to the extent feasible
  • Specifies in contracts with vendors and campus construction standards not to use neonicotinoid insecticides or plants pre-treated with neonicotinoids
  • Ensures substitutes for neonicotinoids are safe for pollinators
  • Plants pollinator-friendly habitats on campus
  • Conducts campus outreach and education

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