Bellevue University Science Labs Receive Greener Towns Grant
Funds Will Be Used to Create Native Garden on University’s Bellevue Campus
The Bellevue University Science Lab was recently awarded funding from the Greener Towns Program of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum to create a native garden area as part of a planned larger outdoor sustainability lab for the University. Bellevue University will receive $16,177 in funding that will be matched by the community of Bellevue.
According to Assistant Professor Dr. Tyler Moore, the native garden project will be completed in 2019. He said the University’s natural science students, science department faculty, city staff and community volunteers will participate in the garden project. According to the Nebraska Arboretum, native plants have adapted to regional soil, climate and weather extremes, and represent the best sources of food and shelter for birds, butterflies, other pollinators and wildlife.
“The Bellevue University native garden project will enhance the local habitat and benefit the Bellevue community, as well as the larger region,” said Dr. Moore. “We’re proud to be one of the Greener Towns projects for 2019 and have the chance to contribute to a better quality of life for Nebraska’s citizens.”
Bellevue University’s native garden project is one of 14 Greener Towns community projects funded for 2019. Greener Towns community projects are coordinated by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum and funded by the Nebraska Environmental Trust, a beneficiary of the Nebraska Lottery.
“The Bellevue University native garden project will enhance the local habitat and benefit the Bellevue community, as well as the larger region."
Founded in 1966, Bellevue University is a non-profit university with nearly 60,000 graduates worldwide. The University is a recognized national leader in preparing students for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge and skills, while making college affordable. Routinely ranked among the nation’s top military and accessible institutions, the University serves residential students at its main campus in Bellevue, Nebraska, and everywhere online with more than 80 degree programs uniquely designed for working adults. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org).