Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, NJ – 2017 Annual Report

Enhancing Pollinator Health & Habitat

RVCC added to the pollinator gardens on campus this year: we have a new, accessible Enabling Garden! It was designed by a Rutgers graduate student, constructed and irrigated by Eagle Scout Patrick O’Rourke, and planted with the help of NJ Sen. Kip Bateman, Branchburg Rotoract, RVCC’s Rotoract club, a local Girl Scout troop, and a team of staff volunteers. We also added seven large planters in front of our new Workforce and and West buildings, which were planted by teams of staff volunteers.

Policies & Practices

RVCC’c campus is certified as a River Friendly business, which requires that we plant only native plants do not use herbicides (except as needed on invasive plants).

Education & Outreach

During Earth Week, the Environmental Sustainability Committee hosted a well-attended presentation “Planning a Native Butterfly Garden,” by naturalist Rich Hoffman, an educator with the Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center.

Service Learning

RVCC has an award-winning service learning program, through which students work in rain gardens and on other environmental projects. Every year, the ENVI102 class maintains our campus rain garden, which is planted with native plants and pollinators. Also, teams of student and staff volunteers plant the pollinator gardens and planters on campus with native pollinator plants (and a few ferns).

Curriculum

RVCC offers courses that educate students about bees: Plants, Humans and the Environment includes ecological landscaping, and Field Botany covers both pollinator ecology and ecological landscaping.

Educational Signage

RVCC posted big, gorgeous pollinator educational signs in pollinator gardens near the entrances to our Planetarium and Theater.

Local Website & Contact Information

Visit RVCC’s sustainability web page to find out about our award-winning initiatives.

Contact Sustainability & Energy Coordinator Sue Dorward at Susan.Dorward@raritanval.edu.