Bee health is critical to our survival. In Virginia, hives have dropped by two-thirds since 1970.
George Mason University’s Honey Bee Initiative works on honey bee sustainability by providing an innovative education, conducting collaborative research, and establishing community partnerships in our local Northern Virginia region.
The Honey Bee Initiative is a joint partnership between the School of Business and the College of Science.
The Honey Bee Initiative and affiliated colleagues and students are involved in sustainability and local initiatives.
News & Updates
Established in 2012, George Mason’s Honey Bee Initiative (HBI) has now expanded to Mason’s Science and Technology Campus. Six new bee hives (complete with honey bees) were installed in early April and are located in the Community Garden area just beyond Beacon Hall.
When you think of trash, bees probably don’t come to mind—unless you’re at a Lorton landfill. George Mason University’s Honey Bee Initiative is partnering with Fairfax County to convert mowed land at the I-95 Landfill Complex in Lorton into meadows that are ideal for honeybee pollination.
Germán Perilla, director of George Mason University’s Honey Bee Initiative, reaches his bare hand into a hive and pulls out a rack of honeycombs swarming with stingers. The bee whisperer, as his colleagues call him…
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia recently presented a grant of $25,000 to the George Mason University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Honey Bee Initiative. […]
Millions of bees are thriving at the bee project by George Mason University and the Lorton landfill. Go inside the hive in search of the queen. […]
George Mason University’s Honey Bee Initiative is giving a home to thousands of bees at the Lorton landfill. They will be studied to help fight their endangerment. […]
George Mason University partners with Fairfax County and Covanta to create a honey bee sanctuary at the I-95 landfill in Lorton. Students partake in an initiative to help the honeybees. Bureau Chief Jeff Goldberg has the report. […]
The George Mason University bee initiative program is creating a bee sanctuary at the Lorton landfill. […]
Holding a Giving Day expresses our belief in the power of broad-based support, especially from alumni. It’s also a reminder that each and every person who sees the promise of George Mason University, its amazing faculty and enterprising students, can be a donor. […]
Faculty and staff of George Mason University were minding their own beeswax all summer. As part of the Living Hive Project, […]
George Mason University students partake in an initiative to help the honeybees. Photojournalist Beth Brown has the report. […]
The Mason Honey Bee Initiative (HBI) was active this summer with a variety of hive-related research. These research projects are designed to explore indicators of bee health and provide valuable information to research groups working at the local, state and national levels. […]