Bees are a vital part of our ecosystem and urban communities. Providing a safe place for bees to build their hives on our office property rooftops benefits not only the bees themselves, but also our communities. Honey bees play a vital role as pollinators and help to maintain biodiversity, which is especially important in urban environments.
Bee colonies flourish in urban areas as they require an environment that fulfills three criteria: the absence of pesticides, an abundance of water and floral resources, and a temperate climate. Our office property rooftops are an ideal, safe place for these pollinators to call home.
We currently have 60 honey bee hives throughout our U.S. office property portfolio across 33 locations in New York, Washington D.C., Houston, Denver and Los Angeles. We have adopted an estimated 3 million honeybees throughout our hives, and in 2022 they pollinated 300+ square miles, producing 4,900 jars of local raw honey.
In addition, in 2022 we conducted 29 workshops with Brookfield Properties’ tenants to educate them about biodiversity and the importance of pollinators, engaging over 350 people in our communities. We first began our honey bee program in Washington D.C. in 2015 and will continue to expand the program in markets across our portfolio.