HAP Hive


Bee populations worldwide are decreasing at an alarming rate due to the use of pesticides and disappearing habitat. If there are no bees, there is no food, and the worldwide ecosystem collapses.



There are over 20,000 species of bees on Earth and all have been officially added to the list of endangered species, with the threat of extinction looming.

bees in a beehive on honeycomb

The Facts

Bees allow plants to reproduce through pollination, and as the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates, honey bees pollinate 80% of the United States’ crops – over $20 billion worth of crops each year.

Humans are directly responsible for the disruption in the natural habitats of bees. Without bees, plant life is doomed. We need to save them.

What is HAP doing about it?

Based on similar and effective programs in other cities around the world, HAP Hive aims to combat the disappearing bee population problem through a three-pronged approach:

  1. Eliminate the City of Pittsburgh’s use of chemical pesticides.
  2. Replace ornamental flowers with native plants where possible. Native flowers are the best food source to support bees.
  3. Produce and install “bee hotels” to encourage settlement and increase the bee population throughout Western PA where natural habitats have been destroyed.

This project partners with local teenagers, and students will learn about the issue and assist HAP with each facet of the campaign, including meeting with legislators, educating the public, media relations, marketing, and construction.


How You Can Help

Your financial donation will help us pay for construction materials and native plants, all while educating and inspiring the next generation on this important issue.

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