Urban Green Bee was founded by Heidi Rae Wolff, a dedicated and passionate conservationist. She applies her experience of environmental stewardship along with her science education background to create, implement, and manage innovative programs and solutions to today’s sustainability issues.
Ms. Wolff is an U.S. Navy veteran who specialized in Airport Surveillance Radar (ASR) and micro/miniature circuit board repair. After 5.5 years of honorable service, she attended The George Washington University. After she graduated with a B.S. in Biology, she worked at the GW Energy and Environmental management office.
A lifelong environmental steward, Heidi has been a beekeeper since 1999. She grew up south of Chicago and was inspired by the beauty and power of nature and it’s amazing resilience to ever increasing urbanization. Naturally drawn to commensal organisms, Heidi developed a love for insects and other creatures that thrive alongside the humans that attempt to control them. She finds and creates art and beauty in most settings.
During her time at GWU, she helped establish the Bee Research Lab (the largest apiary in Washington, D.C.) and spearheaded multiple native plant and pollinator gardens including the prominent Veterans Memorial Park in the heart of GWU’s campus. She also conducted pollinator education and outreach through her Urban Green Bee program to local elementary schools and hosted an after school and summer program for children from Boys Town. Heidi also helped establish the Honey Bee Initiative (HBI), at George Mason University. She not only cut through the red tape and garnered community support for the project, she also gently rehomed tens of thousands of beautiful bees into their new hives at GMU when they arrived in 2012. Since then, the HBI has reached and impacted many students and surrounding community members. But the HBI’s reach is expanding. In July 2015, 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. Heidi is proud to be a part of such an important program and she will continue to offer support and assistance as a member of the Mason family. Currently, Heidi is the Sustainability Program Manager at George Mason University. She manages the Patriot Green Fund (PGF), an annual $100,000 fund dedicated to student sustainability research and improving the sustainability of infrastructure across Mason’s campuses. She is also responsible for providing leadership and support in promoting green buildings and infrastructure on Mason’s campuses, sustainability reporting, fundraising, and integration with academic units.
Urban Green Bee combines Heidi's love of science & conservation and her passion for the veteran community!