The Hyatt Regency Tech Center in Denver is learning to accommodate 30,000 new guests, all wearing a distinctive black and yellow jacket.
The hotel has partnered with Theresa Bakken, founder of the Bee Ranch in Douglas County, Colo. She focuses on growing the number of healthy honeybee colonies in greater Denver, starting conversations about the role bees play in the food supply, connecting people to pollinator-friendly practices and local honey.
In June, the Hyatt installed honeybee hives in an apiary on the top floor of its garage. They will be used for education and to study Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a phenomenon in which worker bees abruptly disappeare from a colony.
The Hyatt is now designing new flower beds that will incorporate flowers and herbs for its kitchen and the bees.