EDMONTON, AB – The Edmonton Convention Centre (SCC) is pleased to announce it is now a City of Edmonton licensed urban beekeeping facility. One urban beehive containing an initial 8,000 bees has been installed on the south east corner of the venue’s property.
SCC is committed to sustainability leadership in both the community and meetings and events industry. Managed by professional beekeeper Patricia Milligan of Lola Canola Honey, the beehive will grow to approximately 70,000 bees, allowing the convention centre to harvest honey and include it in its culinary operations.
“We’re thrilled to continue highlighting important city initiatives through our sustainability program,” says Lisanne Lewis, SCC General Manager. “It’s important for a convention centre to align with city priorities, both economically and socially. This is one of the unique ways we’re able to do that.”
The urban beehive complements SCC’s sustainable permaculture and contributes to its urban biodiversity. In addition to being connected to North America’s largest urban parkland, an indigenous medicine wheel garden, herb and vegetable garden, and monarch butterfly preservation garden are also featured on the property.
For more information on the City of Edmonton’s urban beekeeping program, visit https://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/initiatives_innovation/food_and_agriculture/beekeeping-pilot-project.aspx.
About The Edmonton Convention Centre
The Edmonton Convention Centre is an iconic, BOMA Best, and Green Key level five certified sustainable facility. Located at the foot of North America’s largest urban parkland and in the heart of downtown Edmonton, the convention centre offers over 150,000 square feet of flexible and creative space.
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