RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) in partnership with the Connecticut Environmental Council (CTEC), worked together to talk with Connecticut elected officials and residents about the important role the green industry plays in promoting pollinator health.

Partnering to participate in the free, public event supports both organizations’ goals of educating residents and policy makers about the green industry and making spaces and places safe and pest-free. 

“RISE is committed to engaging in meaningful dialogue and providing helpful resources that highlight the vital role pollinators play in the plants we grow,” said Karen Reardon, vice president, public affairs, at RISE. “Through partnering with CTEC on this effort, we were able to share information about the complex issues facing today’s pollinators, such as the Varroa mite and habitat loss, and the ways we can all promote improved pollinator health.” 

At the CTEC booth, Ag Day attendees talked with CTEC Executive Director Erica Fearn and could pick-up bee finger puppets, bee stickers, and a Bee Responsible flier with more information on the many factors impacting bee health.

The activity presented direct opportunities to engage with government representatives as state officials and legislators – including Governor Dannel Malloy – stopped by to learn more about the importance of striking a balance when it comes to pollinator health. CTEC was also invited to the Connecticut Beekeeper’s Association’s 125th Anniversary Celebration in June 2016.