Mayor's Monarch Pledge

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The City of Greenville takes great pride in our parks and natural environment. Providing habitat for pollinators including Monarch butterflies is important to support the natural ecosystem, public and private gardens, and overall environment. The City of Greenville is committed to saving the monarch butterfly and other pollinators with the signing of the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge.

The City's Commitment to Preservation


The Monarch Pledge aims to protect the monarch butterfly by creating and preserving habitats, educating citizens on monarch conservation, and reducing the use of harmful pesticides.

The City pledged to the following action items:

  • Issue a Proclamation to raise awareness about the decline of the monarch butterfly and the species’ need for habitat during National Pollinator week from June 19-25, 2023.
  • Launch, expand, or continue an invasive species removal program that will support the re-establishment of native habitats for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.
  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location. 
  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.


The City of Greenville committed to maintaining and expanding greenspace, tree canopy, and native plants. The priorities of City Council included conservation and sustainability. 

The City pledged to the following action items:

  • Engage with developers, planners, landscape architects, and other community leaders and organizers engaged in planning processes to identify opportunities to create monarch habitat.
  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.
  • Remove milkweed from the list of noxious plants in city weed / landscaping ordinances (if applicable).
  • Increase the percentage of native plants, shrubs and trees that must be used in city landscaping ordinances and encourage use of milkweed, where appropriate.

The City fulfilled our pledge on March 7, 2022