Education. Research. Community.

Supporting sustainable beekeeping practices, environmental health, economic progress, and food security.

Bee health is critical to our survival. In Virginia, hives have dropped by two-thirds since 1970. The Honey Bee Initiative at George Mason University is one example of students learning and implementing social entrepreneurship to make a difference both in our local community and worldwide. A collaboration between the School of Business and the College of Science, the 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 and abroad.


Lisa Gring-Pemble

Co-Founder and Consultant
Lisa Gring-Pemble is co-founder of the Honey Bee Initiative. As Director of Social Entrepreneurship and Global Impact in the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Gring-Pemble focuses on enhancing HBI’s curricular, co-curricular and public-private partnerships.

Germán Perilla

Founder and Director
Germán Perilla is co-founder and director of the Honey Bee Initiative. He is passionate about honey bees, sustainability, teaching, and research. He champions local programs that support bee health, and spearheads the honey bee global programs, working with indigenous communities in Central and South America.

Candace Garthee

Research Graduate Assistant
Candace Garthee is current graduate student seeking a Master of Science in Nutrition at George Mason University. She has a deep passion for sustainable agriculture and food systems, food security, conservation, beekeeping, and integrative health and nutrition.

Business partnerships and donations from individuals allow the Honey Bee Initiative to continue uniting education, science, and business to save pollinators and develop sustainable solutions for a global crisis.

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