School Roadshow at Bermuda Institute

The Greenrock School Roadshow team has been busy so far in 2009, visiting a wide variety of groups ranging from afterschool programmes and school assemblies to PTA meetings. The show, which promotes sustainable development and sustainable living, has received an enthusiastic welcome at all its stops.

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Customs duty rates have been slashed for environmentally friendly products, in a move welcomed by green campaigners. The changes, which take effect on April 1, see zero duty for solar water heaters, solar thermal collectors, wind powered electrical generating sets and 'smart' electricity meters with net metering capacity. Photovoltaic AC generators are also included in the zero-percent rate. These use solar cells for energy by converting sunlight directly into electricity ...

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Corporate CEOs, politicians, transport officials and many others from around the world came together in December to focus on the future of electric vehicles (EVs). Greenrock’s Michael Burke attended the conference in Washington, DC, held by the Electric Drive Transportation Association, and learned more in three days than he had in months of internet research. Here he summarises some of the information and ideas from the symposium.

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A petition containing the signatures of more than 5,000 people who oppose the building of a beach bar on Warwick Long Bay was delivered to Premier Dr. Ewart Brown outside Parliament yesterday.

Protesters waving placards asked Dr. Brown and Environment Minister Glenn Blakeney to withdraw permission for a plan by entrepreneur Belcario Thomas to develop a 2,500 sq ft restaurant and cocktail bar on what they describe as a "pristine beach and national park".

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An independent energy authority is the best way forward for the Island, according to sustainable development group Greenrock.

As the Department of Energy finalises its Green Paper on a National Energy Policy to submit to Cabinet, Greenrock believes an independent authority is the best option.

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Desalination might ease water shortages but cause irreparable, long-term damage.

Sometimes you can't see the ocean on account of the salt. Sustainability: the environmental buzzword for the 21st century, and Bermuda's Government is determined to prove that this time, they aren't simply paying lip service.

To many, the planned Tynes Bay reverse osmosis facility appears to be a viable solution to the problem of water shortages. But we need to look more closely at what it being proposed ...

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In 2007, Greenrock introduced biodegradable picnic ware to Bermuda. Since then, we have been strongly encouraging other local businesses to offer eco-friendly alternatives to conventional products in order to give consumers more sustainable choices.

Now ImportBda is introducing a more eco-friendly, sustainable product choice to the local food services industry. Their aim is to help reduce the amount of waste that will not decompose, waste which is harmful to our environment and whose production contributes to global climate change.

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Since starting the Green Office initiative in the later part of 2007, Greenrock has introduced this project to approximately 40 local companies. We hope that in 2009, we can double this number with the assistance of dedicated volunteers and the support of our Green Office Advisory Panel (GOAP).

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A conversation at schools about ‘going green’ and why Bermuda’s youth should care

Greenrock’s School Roadshow hit local schools this fall with a strong message about our collective social responsibility – to become more aware about the choices we can make in order for all of us to ensure that we maintain a sustainable state of balance in our community.


The goal of Greenrock is about changing the mindset when it comes to our lifestyle choices. Through this School Roadshow project, we are hoping to show our middle and senior school students that they are the ones who are able to help make meaningful and long-term changes when it comes to Bermuda’s future growth.

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A running couple aren't just running for gold anymore. They are running for cash for local charities.

Validus Reinsurance has awarded runners Chris and Ashley Estwanik $5,000 each for the charity of their choice.

Mr. Estwanik, who works for Validus, selected Big Brothers & Big Sisters. Mrs. Estwanik, a teacher at the Bermuda High School for Girls, chose the environmental charity Greenrock ...

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One local runner has found a novel way of using her favourite pastime to help preserve Bermuda’s environment. Here, Ashley Couper Estwanik describes her love of running and how she came to support Greenrock while logging miles the pollution-free way.

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