Rooftop Garden

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Image honey bee WELCOME, HONEY BEES!

Honey bee s will be mo ving to the Marriott Library’s rooftop garden on April 13, 2013. Due to increased participation and interest in beekeeping, the U of U Apiary project received funding from the Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund (SCIF) to expand its bee program. The purpose of having beehives is to teach the college community how to keep bees, to provide increased pollination to the campus gardens and surrounding area, to produce local honey to be sold at the University Farmers' Market, and to be used for research projects.  The Marriott Library Book Arts Program will also be using bees wax from these hives in future bookbinding classes.

This group is also looking into participating in a longitudinal study looking at the effects of global warming on the timing of flowering plants and nectar flows. A hive scale will be used to measure the amount of honey that comes into the hive during peak nectar flows. A scientist from NASA will synthesize the data students record and send back the results as they come in. For more information on this project contact project coordinator Thomas Bench at


Fun Facts About Bees

A honeybee will live 3-6 weeks in the busy summer months. They literally work themselves to death. The queen lays 1,500 to 2,000 eggs a day to keep the population healthy and growing. When it gets colder the weaker ones die off in greater numbers. The bees born at the end of Fall will live until the early Spring. If the hive survives the winter, the queen will start laying eggs towards the end of winter so that there is a big population to take advantage of the Spring nectar flow. That is why a second year hive is so much more productive than a first year hive producing 50-100+pounds of surplus honey.


Green Roof Lysimeters

The Green Roof Lysimeter project is a Civil and Environmental Engineering research project led by student Youcan Feng, overseen by Professor Steve Burian, and funded by the Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund (SCIF). Three green roof lysimeters and a small weather station have been placed on the library’s rooftop garden. The project will explore green roof choices and identify what works best in the local climate and their specific environmental benefits. The project will result in recommendations to campus and how green roofs could impact storm water runoff and/or impact building energy consumption.

Lysimeters and weather station located on library rooftop garden - student research project





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