One perk of interviewing banks about sustainable finance has to be the building tours taking in recycled carpets and in-building power plants, but it is not often that you get treated to a rooftop tour of bee hives.
However, this is exactly what happens at Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s headquarters on the corner of Bryant Park in busy midtown Manhattan.
It was the first LEED Platinum-certified building in the US designed by the Durst Organization and part of its environmentally-sound structure involved having a green roof of grasses and plants to absorb rain water and reduce run-off. The problem was, however, that the plants just weren’t thriving. So what to do?
Introduce colonies of bees to pollinate the plants, of course. Now there are several hives and 10,000 bees on one roof of the building, which make the 40-block roundtrip to Central Park for their flower fix.
And yes, the honey is collected and it’s delicious.