The Dutch city of Utrecht has been getting a lot of buzz lately for planting sedum flowers and other plants on top of 316 bus stops to create “bee buzz stops” that boost urban biodiversity. These green roofs will not only help endangered bees, but they will also absorb rainwater, capture dust or pollutants from the air, and regulate temperatures.
As pollinators, bees are essential for life on Earth and directly affect our food production. “Bee pollination assists in producing one out of every three bites of food we take in the U.S.,” the USDA points out. Having greenery in urban spaces also has many health benefits, such as reducing noise pollution, reducing stress, and absorbing carbon.
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These adorable “buzz stops” also are equipped with bamboo benches and LED lights, which are much more energy-efficient. To further the green effort, Utrecht’s municipal employees use electric vehicles to service the bus stops or the “buzz stops.”