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Alveole

Montreal,  QC 
Canada
http://www.alveole.buzz
  • Booth: 629

Bring bees to your building with Alvéole.

Overview

Bring bees to your building with Alvéole, the urban beekeeping company. A green, turnkey and tenant-focused amenity, providing high engagement opportunities, and an ecological advantage to lost space that would otherwise add little to no value to your building.

Brands:Alvéole


  Press Releases

  • Alvéole’s swarming into new locations in 2022

    MONTREAL, Dec. 6, 2021 /CNW Telbec/ – Alvéole, the Canadian urban beekeeping company, is expanding into 12 new major cities throughout North America, as well as five in Europe. This arrival has been eagerly awaited by many companies who want to join the movement towards the development of greater biodiversity in urban areas. Installing beehives on their roofs or grounds gives these companies an opportunity to optimize unused spaces and contribute to their sustainable development efforts.

    Approximately 50,000 new tenants per hive will arrive within the Canadian cities of Halifax, Kitchener, Waterloo, and Victoria. The US cities of Boston, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, Minneapolis, Phoenix and Sacramento, in addition to the European cities of Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, London and Berlin will also be hosting new arrivals.

    In August 2021, the real estate giant Goldman Sachs Asset Management (assets of $2 Trillion) inaugurated its first 30 sites or apiaries on the roofs of buildings they manage in the United States. The company sees this as a concrete gesture to protect and preserve a threatened species like honey bees and represents an important step forward in scaling up environmental conservation, which represent the cornerstones of  Alvéole’s mission.

    Bees, an essential link
    in our food-supply chain

    Alarmingly, North America has lost over 50% of its honey bee colonies over the past decade. Alex McLean, President and Co-Founder of Alvéole, explains the fundamental role that foraging insects play in maintaining healthy biodiversity: “Bees pollinate up to 70% of our food  crops. Beyond promoting urban biodiversity, beekeeping serves primarily to create awareness in  urban populations, connecting people to the role pollinators play in our ecosystem and the health of the nature that surrounds us.”

    A social investment

    The trend towards more welcoming and attractive post-pandemic work and living environments ultimately involves adding a little nature to the decor. A partnership with Alvéole offers companies a turn-key solution by installing beehives on site, facilitating workshops and setting up a social media platform, which explains the roles and steps taken by their neighbour’s. To date, more than 120,000 people have taken part in these outstanding activities offered by Alvéole within their communities. Several have even used them as team-building activities.

    An ecological and sustainable investment

    Installing beehives allows organizations to use their unused spaces as part of their sustainable development plans. The bees’ arrival can also be a prelude to the development of other green spaces on the premises, or even a new common space for people to enjoy. In addition, given their role as pollinators, bees contribute to the beautification of their neighbourhood within a radius of 5 km. Great allies for a good neighbourhood!

    Meanwhile, bringing thousands of workers back to the office will certainly have an impact on the environment. In fact, a working committee at the recent climate change summit, COP26, estimated that commercial real estate was the cause of up to 40% of global carbon emissions. This is another great reason to give nature a helping hand by installing beehives on urban roofs.
     

    About Alvéole:

    The company was founded in 2013 and currently manages nearly 3,400 beehives, mostly installed on roofs or grounds of almost 600 companies, schools and organizations within North America and Europe. Beyond the establishment and maintenance of hundreds of bee colonies in urban areas, Alvéole is a social enterprise focused on environmental education. By embracing urban beekeeping, the community gains an educational, unifying and stimulating initiative where those who observe the bees at work can build a strong sense of connection with the urban ecosystem.

     

  • New partnership and innovative upgrade to Alvéole’s urban beekeeping service



    Alvéole has launched a new partnership and innovative upgrade to their urban beekeeping service, focused on collecting data, improving local plant diversity, and fostering tenant engagement. With their new partner APILAB, a scientific research firm concentrating on honey bees, they are able to assess honey bees’ health to determine the quality of the environment surrounding urban hives. By analyzing the pollen, the honey, and the bees, they can determine the health of the colony and the quality of biodiversity in a given area.

    By partnering with Alvéole, APILAB is now the biggest biomonitoring network specialized in bees’ health in the world. The main goal of this network is to produce and share knowledge worldwide and better understand the causes of bee mortality. Therefore, the data will not only contribute insightful knowledge to the scientific world, but Alvéole clients will also receive a social and environmental Impact Assessment. This includes data evaluating the quality and richness of the local floral diversity, and actionable recommendations to improve it.


    Championing Biodiversity Through ESG


    Companies are expected by investors to report on their corporate environmental performance. Having a strong ESG management plan strategy and consistently working to improve ESG performance is now a necessity for all companies, and the Commercial Real Estate industry is no different. As the environmental impacts of companies become clearer, biodiversity is moving up on the list of priorities and that is where data collection and reporting become so important.

    In 2021, the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) was launched to create a standardized way for organizations to measure and report on threats to wildlife and ecosystems. The goal is to support organizations in moving away from nature-negative outcomes and toward nature-positive outcomes by incorporating nature-related risks and opportunities into their strategic planning, risk management, and budgeting decisions.

    As Global risk intelligence company Verisk Maplecroft states in their Environmental Risk Outlook 2021 report, it is important to factor nature into measures of financial performance and properly value biodiversity.

    Biodiversity Loss in Cities
     

    Urbanization is increasing worldwide and is one of the biggest threats to biodiversity. As explained in Environmental factors affecting bee diversity in urban and remote grassland plots in Boulder, Colorado (Kearns & Oliveras), urban growth is removing native plants to make space for buildings, concrete, and heavily manicured parks. Native plants are often limited to unmanaged landscapes. Pollinators rely on native plants for food and these small remaining patches of nature may not be enough to support them.

    Transformation of the natural landscape due to urbanization means a change in the nesting sites available to bee species, as well. As we can read in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America:

    “The fragmented nature of urban habitats may prevent colonization by certain bee species, whereas the frequency and intensity of disturbance within sites (e.g., mowing, soil turning, and development) may limit the long-term persistence of others. Bee species that build nests in soil may be selectively excluded by the compacted soils that characterize many urban parks and gardens”.


    Biomonitoring as a Solution

    Biomonitoring is a way of evaluating the environment via plants or animals. Because bees fly, forage, and drink within a 3 KM radius of their beehive, they act as data collectors, making them excellent indicators of environmental quality.

    “We’ve been working closely with scientists to monitor honey bee collapse disorder, and implementing beekeeping procedures that help ensure a high survival rate of our colonies. We realized that all the data we’ve been tracking from our own beehives could benefit all pollinators, and have a positive impact on urban areas” says Alex McLean, CEO and Co-founder of Alvéole.

    By analyzing the pollen and honey produced at each site throughout the season, it is possible to track which flowers are blooming and when. With this information, we can recommend which plants are needed to increase local floral diversity and support pollinators. By gathering data from the bees year after year, we can monitor the impact buildings and human interaction have on the local diversity
     

    ABOUT APILAB

    APILAB is an international research bureau specializing in environmental monitoring using honey bees. Over the past 10 years, APILAB has developed novel methods to monitor the status of the environment through beehive analysis. APILAB’s technical expertise focuses on assessing the impact of human activities on the environment and bee health. By monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of actions in favor of biodiversity at the local level, they are able to collect scientific data to better understand bees’ mortality. This network has produced multiple scientific papers on the matter, including a study on the impact of combustion residue on the health of bees.

    APILAB is also a member of 1% for the Planet.