Supporting environmental health, economic progress, and food security.
If bees don’t thrive neither do we. Responsible for pollinating approximately $15 billion worth of crops annually in the US alone, honey bee health is critical to our survival. The Honey Bee Initiative is a program supported by George Mason University’s School of Business and operated by the Business for a Better World Center. Designed to empower communities through sustainable beekeeping, we offer opportunities to engage in scientific research, design art projects, connect with the community, and even study abroad. Partnerships with government, for-profit businesses, non-profit organizations, and community members are vital to the success of the initiative.
Show your support of the Honey Bee Initiative (HBI) by purchasing raw, natural honey or tealight candles. Both come courtesy of the bees in HBI apiaries on Mason’s campus or on local community partner land. They make great gifts!
News & Updates
The Honey Bee Initiative has partnered with MVLE to make candles from beeswax collected through HBI hives. Operating since 1971, Virginia-based MVLE, Inc. provides employment training and job placement for people with intellectual and physical disability. Currently, HBI produces a limited quantity of honey, candles, and other products sourced from bee hives managed through the (Read More…)
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) selected George Mason University School of Business’ Business Business for a Better World and its Honey Bee Initiative as one of its 2019 Innovations that Inspire. “Leaders from all sectors across the globe have issued a clarion call to businesses to demonstrate not only profit but (Read More…)
Lisa Gring-Pemble, associate professor of business foundations, is the 2019 recipient of the George Mason University Alumni Association Faculty of the Year Award. Each year, the Alumni Association recognizes one distinguished faculty member from across the entire university who exemplifies a commitment to scholarship, teaching, and service as nominated by students, alumni, and the campus (Read More…)
Twenty-one George Mason University students traveled over spring break to learn how Mason’s Honey Bee Initiative empowers communities through sustainable beekeeping and to investigate how tri-sector partnerships (nonprofit, for-profit, government) can work together to solve complex global challenges like gender equity and food security. This year, for the first time, the Honey Bee Initiative (Read More…)
15 students in Professor Lisa Gring-Pemble’s Social Impact and Entrepreneurship class traveled to Colombia for 10 days during spring break to get a granular look at local businesses that not only make a profit, but also help people and the environment.
On April 22, Earth Day, George Mason University President Ángel Cabrera, School of Business Dean Maury Peiperl, and College of Science Dean Peggy Agouris cut the ribbon reopening the university’s renovated apiary. The apiary is part of the university Honey Bee Initiative, a joint project between the College of Science and the School of Business.
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. […]