Green Industry Plays Role in Pollinator Health

RISE works with Connecticut Environmental Council (CTEC) to educate residents and policymakers about the green industry and making spaces and places beautiful, safe and pest-free.

At the recent Connecticut Agricultural Day at the Capitol, RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment), in partnership with the Connecticut Environmental Council (CTEC), worked together to talk with Connecticut elected officials and residents about the important role the green industry plays in promoting pollinator health.

Partnering to participate in the free, public event supports both organizations’ goals of educating residents and policymakers about the green industry and making spaces and places beautiful, safe and pest-free. 

RISE is committed to engaging in meaningful dialogue and providing helpful resources that highlight the vital role pollinators play in the plants we grow,” said Karen Reardon, vice president, public affairs, at RISE. “Through partnering with CTEC on this effort, we were able to share information about the complex issues facing today’s pollinators, such as the Varroa mite and habitat loss, and the ways we can all promote improved pollinator health.” 

At the CTEC booth, Ag Day attendees talked with CTEC Executive Director Erica Fearn, and could pick-up fun bee finger puppets, bee stickers, and a Bee Responsible flier with more information on the many factors impacting bee health.

The activity presented direct opportunities to engage with government representatives as state officials and legislators – including Governor Dannel Malloy – stopped by to learn more about the importance of striking a balance when it comes to pollinator health. CTEC was also invited to the Connecticut Beekeeper’s Association’s 125th Anniversary Celebration in June.

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RISE is located in Washington, D.C., RISE is the national association representing the manufacturers, formulators, distributors and other industry leaders involved with pesticide and fertilizer products used in vector control, turf, ornamental, pest control, aquatic and terrestrial vegetation and other non-food/fiber applications.  Learn more about RISE at