This we know for sure – there is much more work to be done. But Greenrock is pleased with how far it’s traveled and looks forward to an eventful journey in 2012.

Here’s a look back on some of our key issues and projects:

  • Special Development Order for Rosewood Tucker’s Point – the granting of an SDO by Government heated up a local campaign by various NGOs, including BEST and The National Trust. Greenrock issued its statement in support of campaign efforts, outlining why it did not believe the development of green space and protected land for commercial purposes falls outside the scope of normal planning decisions, particularly without a national Tourism plan. Read statement/watch video

 

  • Earth Hour 2011 - we helped to drive home the global campaign’s message locally to go “Beyond the Hour”. While the symbolic action of turning lights off for one hour at 8.30pm on Saturday, March 26 was commendable (especially being part of the world’s largest public action for climate change), it was important for Greenrock to emphasize Bermuda’s commitment to go beyond the hour with actions that benefit our local community and the rest of the planet in the year ahead. We took our message out to the schools, supported a BELCO-led student essay competition and helped highlight actions to be taken at our Public Gathering event, including launching our first ever Green Workplace Awards competition. See news coverage

 

  • Green Workplace Awards – first announced at our Earth Hour Public Gathering, we invited entries from companies in the spring for the following categories: Tenants, Owner/Occupier, Building Manager, Hospitality, Retail and Other.  A “Green Champion” category also set out to recognize an individual who put in outstanding effort to reduce the environmental impact of their company. The key message we wanted to relay to businesses was that small steps are just as significant in this process. Winners were selected by a judging panel in August and featured in the November issue of The Bottom Line. Read news coverage

 

  • Launching Phase II of Healthy Harvest - Greenrock announced these plans for its Healthy Harvest program, initially launched in 2009 as a movement to raise awareness about Bermuda’s local food production and consumption. Our message to local media and the community - Greenrock had started identifying plots for building community gardens and orchards across the island. We are grateful to Catlin, our lead sponsor, who believes in our vision, planning and mission of Healthy Harvest – that is, having Bermuda residents from all walks of life benefit from the growing and consumption of local fruits and vegetables. Read news coverage

 

  • Promoting sustainable living/ practices – from our partnership with The Royal Gazette’s Green Pages to help raise awareness and address issues as part of our monthly column “Greenrock Says”, to our website, we shared knowledge, ideas and information on everything from Net-metering via BELCO, carpooling tips, water conservation, changes in the recycling collection schedule and our views on how sustainability is critical to Bermuda’s social, economic and environmental landscape. Read articles

 

  • Hydration Stations – our pilot project, having gone through a research and information-gathering period for a little over a year, was approved by the City of Hamilton Board in August. We are in the process of finalizing sponsorship details and other logistics to make the Stations a reality in 2012 at six high-pedestrian locations around Hamilton. Read news coverage

 

  • Vehicle and Metal Recycling -- our past President, Andrew Vaucrosson, began research on this initiative in June 2010 with the aim to address environmental and sustainability concerns that Bermuda is facing and propose viable solutions. In other jurisdictions, vehicle and metal recycling is a green business approach which creates affordable, reused auto parts. Furthermore, the initiative proposed creates jobs, reduces auto insurance claims, reduces known toxic contaminants in our oceans and helps standardize the salvaging of used parts from the airport site. We're pleased to say that the project was successfully handed over in September this year to an interested party to further pursue here on the island. Read news coverage

 

  • Greenrock elects new President – in September, Greenrock’s Management Committee elected Dr. Judith Landsberg to head the group, after Andrew Vaucrosson’s six years’ of dedicated service and leadership. Judith kicked off news of her appointment during a speech to Hamilton Rotarians, highlighting various viewpoints on sustainability issues currently facing the island. Read news coverage

  

  • CITV and The Story of Stuff -- working with CITV on ways in which to highlight global issues in a local context, we brought forth one of our previous School Roadshow themes, part of the documentary fim series called The Story of Stuff. Greenrock President Judith Landsberg sat down with CITV for an interview to share what is done in Bermuda in waste management before the 20 minute film aired to our community-at-large (throughout month of September/October). See excerpt from The Story of Stuff

 

  • Winners of the Green Workplace Awards – the companies and individuals who impressed the judges’ panel were recognized officially in the November issue of The Bottom Line.  Our congratulations again to winners Hiscox, ACE Group, VPML Ltd, Lindo’s Group of Companies, Rosewood Tucker’s Point Club, Janet Shaw and Norma Thompson! Read issue

 

  • Healthy Harvest and Dollars for Hours project – our Project Director Omari Dill was thrilled to have the opportunity to lead a group of Cedarbridge students on a 3-day educational, building and planting exercise in November as part of PartnerRe’s “Dollars for Hours” project. Donated funds were provided by PartnerRe to Cedarbridge for completing the community project. Read news coverage

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