GSA Announces CMS Headquarters As Part of New Pollinator Initiative

June 23, 2022

PHILADELPHIA — Today, the U.S. General Services Administration announced its new Pollinator Initiative that supports the federal government’s commitment to protect pollinators, including in Woodlawn, Maryland. Saving bees and other pollinators from the risks they face is an important part of a sustainable future because they are critical to agriculture and food production – contributing to the national economy by more than $20 billion each year. This is just the latest step in GSA’s agency-wide commitment to advancing sustainability and confronting climate change.

GSA has established policies and practices to support pollinator habitats through the design, construction, and maintenance of federal properties nationwide. In support of these efforts, GSA has installed honeybee hives at 11 GSA facilities across the country as part of a yearlong pilot.

The GSA Center for Urban Development oversees this initiative, and worked with GSA Mid-Atlantic Region to install a pollinator garden at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services headquarters in Woodlawn, Maryland. The bees will make the CMS campus bloom by pollinating the surrounding clovers, sweet acacia, magnolia, oak trees, vegetable gardens and more.

The project seeks to enable GSA to lead by example and to create a more efficient and effective design policy that can be modeled by other federal agency partners, builders, and property managers. The data is shared with research partners such as NASA, Google Earth, MIT, Harvard and sister non-profit The Urban Beekeeping Lab and Sanctuary. This collaboration contributes to understanding the challenges surrounding bee survival.

“By using data-producing honey bee hives at GSA-controlled facilities to help inform updates to these directives and policies, we can promote sustainability and enhance urban habitats,” said GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan. “I look forward to how this pilot can uncover new strategies to help promote the health of our local pollinators and to set the foundation for other GSA facilities to expand placement locations and integrate into their sustainability efforts.”

GSA’s Center for Urban Development is managing the pilot program through its Good Neighbor Program with a contract awarded to The Best Bees Company, a major U.S. beekeeping service. Best Bees Company will maintain the hives over the course of a year, analyze honey production from each hive, and identify the plants and landscapes that are specifically beneficial to local pollinators. This information is expected to help guide GSA’s future pollinator-friendly landscape design and maintenance policies and practices.

Join our webinar with Best Bees Company on June 22 to learn more: https://bestbees.com/webinar-gsa/

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Regional list of POC’s: Pollinator Study Regional POCs as of 2_17_22

The 11 sites chosen because of the available space, the safety of the location, fresh water availability, and accessibility for inclusion in this national initiative include:

Region

Facility

Site Location

Colony Installation Date

Region 1

Fredrick Murphy NARA

Waltham, MA

5/9/22

Region 2

201 Varick

New York (Manhattan)

5/3/22

Region 3

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services HQ

Woodlawn, MD

5/12/22

Region 4

Century City Post Office

Raleigh, NC

5/4/2022

Region 5

US Courthouse

Hammond, IN

4/21/22

Region 5

Federal Archives Records Center

Chicago, IL

5/24/22

Region 7

Lanham Federal Buildings

Fort Worth, TX

4/27/22

Region 8

Denver Federal Center

Denver, CO

5/2/22

Region 9

National Archives

San Bruno, CA

5/2/22

Region 10

Edith Green Wendell Wyatt Building

Portland, OR

5/19/22

NCR

FDA White Oaks

Silver Spring, MD

5/25/22


Last Reviewed: 2022-06-23