Community: news and blogs
Tenant Essity brings new co-workerzzz to Greenhouse BXL…
15 September 2020 | Greenhouse BXL
You may already know it, but we repeat it with a lot of love: we are proud of our co-workers and tenants and would like to put them in the spotlight. Today we will tell you more about one of the initiatives of our tenant Essity. Because recently Greenhouse BXL has been buzzing with activity… Literally! On the green roof of the Parkinghouse, next to our hub, Essity installed a number of hives. Do you want to know more? Keep reading!
The beehive project
Not so long ago, Essity chose Greenhouse BXL as one of their new locations. And completely in line with the Greenhouse concept, they took quite a few sustainable initiatives. This resulted, among other things, in the installation of LED lights, bottled water being replaced by tap water, a staggered waste collection, and so on.
They also wanted to make a commitment to the environment.
Bees are crucial to our food supply. Through pollination, bees are helping to produce fruit, vegetables and seeds. It appears that as much as 30% of food production depends directly or indirectly on pollination by these insects. There are 350 different species of bees living in Belgium, half of which, unfortunately, are threatened with extinction. These two elements were sufficient for Essity to take action and to place hives on the roofs of all the Essity buildings in Belgium – in order to contribute to a better biodiversity.
As Greenhouse BXL now also has its own bee colony, Essity manages hives at all their Belgian sites.
Sustainability is embedded into the DNA of Essity: they want to create value for people, nature and society. And that is something that Greenhouse can fully identify with: in our vision too, sustainability is a priority, just as in that of Intervest, Greenhouse’s parent company. We are therefore very proud to welcome the Essity’s bee colony to Greenhouse BXL.
Meet Vincent Burhain and Eric Godderie: the in-house beekeepers of Essity who made this project possible.
Bees can adapt perfectly to living situations in both urban and rural areas. Essity grasped this knowledge with both hands and decided, under the leadership of colleagues Vincent and Eric, to install hives on all their buildings. By creating controlled and safe environments for the bees, they are contributing to combatting global bee mortality
Greenhouse BXL: a safe home for the bees
Obviously, Essity wants all hives to remain healthy for a long term. In order to guarantee this, they first seek for the perfect environment. For example, the hives must not be installed in environments where pesticides are spread and there must be sufficient food for the bees in the surroundings.
The location of the hives is also important: it is crucial that the sun does not shine too early on the hives so that the bees can enjoy an optimal temperature.
We are extremely proud that the roof of the Parkinghouse proved to be a suitable location to become a new home for the Essity bees.