May 3, 2017

News & Updates

Honey Bee Initiative partnership with MVLE creates beeswax entrepreneurs September 9, 2019 - 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...)
HBI Earns National ‘Innovations That Inspire’ Award June 13, 2019 - 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...)
HBI Co-Founder Gring-Pemble Awarded Faculty of the Year June 13, 2019 - 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...)
Mason and Colombian Beekeepers Help Build a Sustainable World June 12, 2019 -   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...)
Exploring the Buzz About Social Entrepreneurship in Columbia May 9, 2018 - 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. (Read More...)
Honey Bee Apiary Grand Opening May 9, 2018 - 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. (Read More...)
Mason Students Come Up with a Honey of a Deal February 20, 2018 - Volunteer members of the Patriot Pollinator Coalition box up packages of K-Cups of tea infused with honey from Mason’s Honey Bee Initiative. Proceeds of sales of the tea will go to the Honey Bee Initiative. (Read More...)
Local DVM: The Plight of the modern honeybee: a not-so-sweet story September 6, 2017 - Germán Perilla’s colleagues refer to him simply as “The Bee Whisperer.” Perilla is the Founder and Director of George Mason University’s Honey Bee Initiative. He explained that the bee population has dropped by more than two-thirds in the State of Virginia since the 1970s. (Read More...)
Prince William Living: SciTech Gets Buzzed on Campus Bees September 6, 2017 - 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. (Read More...)
Honey Bee Initiative Northern Virginia Magazine: One person’s trash is another person’s honeybee sanctuary July 5, 2017 - 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. (Read More...)
Beekeepers at Mason Honey Bee Apiary Washingtonian Magazine: How a Team of Professors Is Trying to Save the World’s Crops June 29, 2017 - 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… (Read More...)
honey bees InsideNOVA: N.Va. foundation’s cash to aid bee initiative at George Mason June 28, 2017 - 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. (Read More...)
German Perilla examines the bee colony at the Lorton landfill NBC4 Washington: Inside the Hive in Search of the Queen Bee June 15, 2017 - 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. (Read More...)
NBC4 highlights Honey Bee Initiative NBC4 Washington Showcases How Honey Bee Initiative Helps Fight Endangerment June 15, 2017 - 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. (Read More...)
FOX5 News covers Honey Bee Initiative project at landfill Fox5 Covers Mason’s Bee Sanctuary in Lorton June 8, 2017 - A George Mason University bee sanctuary coming to Lorton, Virginia, is creating quite the buzz. (Read More...)
ABC7 visits Mason's Honey Bee Initiative at I-95 landfill WJLA ABC7 Highlights Honey Bee Initiative I-95 Landfill Project June 7, 2017 - 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. (Read More...)
installing an apiary at the I-95 landfill New program gives more honey bees a home May 9, 2017 - The School of Business and College of Science are partnering with Fairfax County for the Honey Bee Initiative, installing an apiary and planting wildflowers to rehabilitate part of the I-95 landfill. (Read More...)
NBC4 covers Honey Bee Initiative landfill project What’s the Buzz? NBC4 Showcases Bees Coming to Lorton Landfill March 28, 2017 - The George Mason University bee initiative program is creating a bee sanctuary at the Lorton landfill. (Read More...)
With Giving Day, Advancement starts a new tradition at Mason March 23, 2017 - 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. (Read More...)
Perilla’s Work Featured in New Book September 30, 2016 - Congratulations to German Perilla, director of George Mason University’s Honey Bee Initiatve. Perilla authored an article in the newly released book Tropical Conservation: Perspectives on Local and Global Priorities. (Read More...)
The Bee’s Knees: Mason Beehives Involved in Collaborative Art Project August 11, 2016 - Faculty and staff of George Mason University were minding their own beeswax all summer. As part of the Living Hive Project, (Read More...)
NBC4 Washington Visits the George Mason Honey Bee Initiative April 11, 2016 - George Mason University students partake in an initiative to help the honeybees. Photojournalist Beth Brown has the report. (Read More...)
Mason Hives Abuzz with Research September 8, 2015 - 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. (Read More...)
The Amazon in the Modern World August 24, 2015 - This July, eight George Mason University students joined New Century College’s German Perilla on an Amazonian adventure, learning the basic principles of sustainable beekeeping and community development. (Read More...)
Take a Moment to think about: Sustainability May 7, 2015 - This video, by Lisa Struckmeyer, takes a look at Sustainability Beekeeping and introduces photos of the new apiary on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. (Read More...)
Honey Bee Initiative goes to the Amazon February 25, 2015 - Mason’s Honey Bee Initiative will be offering a new course that goes to the Amazon Rainforest to teach local communities beekeeping. (Read More...)
The Importance of the Amazon in the Modern World: July 7 – 21, 2015 January 15, 2015 - This fifteen-day course will explore how the exceptional diversity of the Amazon River Basin effects the way human communities interact with their environment. In this course, beekeeping, ecotourism and community driven development will be covered. Other topics include the effects of globalization on the landscape and peoples of the Amazon. (Read More...)
Buzzing Ambassadors Welcome Mason Families September 8, 2014 - From October 17-19, George Mason University and New Century College (NCC) will welcome all to the university’s annual Family Weekend celebration. (Read More...)