Bees are critical to our Ecosystem
In the United States, there are over 4,000 species of native bees. Bees are critical to our entire ecosystem. They are extremely important to humans and help plants reproduce through pollination. A Yale University study reports:
“One of every three bites of food eaten worldwide depends on pollinators, especially bees, for a successful harvest.” Honey bees support about $20 billion worth of crop production in the U.S. annually.
Declining Bee Population; How Green Roofs Help
Declining bee populations pose a threat to global food supply.
While there is no one single factor causing the decline, habitat loss is definitely on the list. Nevertheless, our cities of concrete and glass can take part in providing an urban refuge and help rebuild a declining population. For instance, provide much needed green space on the rooftop!
Green Roofs Provide Urban Habitat
Biodiversity in the Urban Corridor
Lightweight, low maintenance green roof systems such as the StormCap™ include a variety of sedum species and can be customized to increase biodiversity. The pre-grown, flexible sedum mat can easily and seamlessly integrate lightweight extensive systems with intensive systems that offer custom plants, native grasses and shrubs. Varying depths of engineered growing medium are added under the sedum mat to create topographic variation and increased biodiversity. StormCap™ with a BioBerm™, for instance, is the perfect solution for pollinators such as bees and butterflies
Finally, here is a link to a graphic novel you may enjoy, The Pollinator’s Corridor by New York City writer and artist Aaron Birk. It tells the story of bringing our pollinators back to the big cities.
Stormwater Capture Co is your one-stop-shop for green roof systems and technical support. We supply a range of systems from lightweight and biodiverse, to detention green roofs. Custom designs meet specific stormwater management and biodiversity goals.
Contact Rodney Chaney for more info or design support at 855-786-7626 or firstname.lastname@example.org.