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KBBKeep Bermuda Beautiful will this week launch a new programme hoped to encourage individuals and groups make a difference in their neighbourhoods.

The Adopt-A-Spot programme, which will be launched Wednesday afternoon, but 36 groups have already pledged to take part.

2012.05.13-Elbow-Bikes_0002-21Islanders can now cruise Bermuda with ease on whisper quiet, easy-to-operate and environmentally friendly hybrid electric bicycles now being offered at Elbow Beach Cycles.

The livery has purchased 40 hybrid electric bicycles, which are available for rent by both visitors to the island and locals.

solar_panel_bermudaHomes and businesses can now install larger solar panels without needing planning permission under new rules.

Recently approved amendments to the Development and Planning (General Development) Order 1999 allow up to 400 sq ft of solar panels to be installed without the need to apply to the Planning Department for planning permission. A building permit, however, is still be required.

At the eastern end of leafy Reid Street, children and young adults have been enjoying a range of literary pursuits recently, and Youth Services Librarian Marla Smith shared some of the details.

The library collaborated once again with Greenrock and Belco on the highly successful student essay competition intended to raise awareness about environmental issues, as well as to encourage research and writing. Writing essays on the theme "Five Ways that I Keep My Bermuda Green", 261 students entered the 2012 contest, as compared to 119 in 2011.

tynes-baySustainability advocates and politicians have given a mixed reaction to news that Government has issued a Request for Proposals for a Waste-to-Energy facility.

Opposition One Bermuda Alliance yesterday questioned Government's rationale for its RFP given that $20 million of taxpayer's money has been spent on upgrading the facility.

earth_day_video_winnerStudents at the Bermuda High School took home both first and second prizes in the first Earth Day Student Video Competition.

The video "Plastic Bag" by BHS's Lara Hetzel, following a single blue, plastic bag as it is blown into the ocean, took home the top prize.

"Marine Debris," by Erin Binn, Courtney Bodenstab, Caitlin Hyland and Alison Lamb won second place.

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Greenrock and BELCO announce the winners of the 2012 Earth Hour Essay Contest for Students, which was sponsored and coordinated by BELCO. The prize-giving ceremony took place at the Bermuda National Library, Youth Library.

Kevin_Lanthier_Tuckers_PointRosewood Tucker's Point Hotel & Spa has achieved its Green Globe certification — a sustainable development programme designed for the travel and tourism industry.

It is the first resort property in Bermuda to achieve the industry certification.

Spring 2012 edition of Envirotalk courtesy of the Department of Environmental Protection.

In this issue –

• Curator of the Bermuda Natural History Museum, Dr. Robbie Smith, talks about our shifting shore line and the exciting discovery at Jobson’s Cove.
• Mica Murray-Caines, offers some details on the Agricultural Exhibition which will take place this coming April.
• Community gardens are taking shape on Bermuda’s city limits, Greenrock’s Heathly Harvest Director, Omari Dill talks about this ongoing project.
• The BIOS Bermuda Air Quality Programme is detailed by Associate Scientist and Programme Manager, Andrew Peters.
• Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes! Farmer Carlos Amaral offers upsome growing tips on this luscious red fruit.
• See the Spring planting calendar to get a head on what to plant this spring.

Click here to download.

bags_vs_bagsBermuda could become an environmental leader and protect the Atlantic by banning plastic bags, according to Senator Michael Fahy.

He said he attended a lecture over the Easter holiday about a floating mass of trash around twice the size of Texas, found in the Pacific Ocean.

A similar build-up of plastic waste has been recorded in the North Atlantic Gyre.

Summer 2012 edition of Envirotalk courtesy of the Department of Environmental Protection.

In this issue –

• Department of Conservations’ Biodiversity Officer, Alison Copeland talks to us about fees and offences regarding the Protected Species.
• In ‘Beds, Paths and Beyond…You made your bed now PLANT it!’ Aaron Lutkin, Department of Environmental Protection, gives important points on planting your square foot garden.
• Are pests invading your citrus trees? Claire Jessey, Entomologist and Plant Protection Officer, helps us identify some of the more common citrus pest in this two part article.
• See the planting calendar to get a head start on what to plant this Summer.

Click here to download.

About Greenrock

According to The Footprint Network, which measures the ability of the planet to produce resources and absorb waste, our resource use and waste production is 60% more than the earth can produce or absorb annually.

This overshoot is the result of decisions that we each make every day. We seek to generate debate and to influence people to change their behaviour.We strive to be catalysts: Success for us is when we can Change the Mindset so that sustainable use of resources is included in decision-making for individuals, government or businesses. ... read more


Where to find Us

Suite 324, 48 Par-La-Ville Rd,
Hamilton HM11, Bermuda

Telephone: 1-441-747-ROCK (7625)
Email: info@greenrock.org
Website: www.greenrock.org