The future of our electricity supply is an important topic for debate and has a significant impact on Bermuda's 'triple bottom line' of Environmental, Social, and Economic Sustainability. Earlier this year the Department of Energy published a new Electricity Policy, and have just followed this by tabling a new Electricity Bill for Bermuda.

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Once again we return to the topic of Electricity. This is because the way we generate, supply, and charge for electricity has a significant impact on Bermuda's 'triple bottom line' of Environmental, Social, and Economic Sustainability.

Earlier this year the Department of Energy published a new Electricity Policy (26 May 2015), and followed this by tabling a new Electricity Bill (17 July 2015) for Bermuda, which will be debated by the House in November.

good samaritan lawGood Samaritan laws offer legal protection to people who give reasonable assistance to those who are injured, ill, in peril, or otherwise incapacitated. Simply put, it offers legal protection to good samaritans. Most developed countries have this legislation in place, in one form of another, but Bermuda does not. The first Good Samaritan Act for Bermuda will go before Parliament for approval this May.

Why does Bermuda need a Good Samaritan Act?

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On June 17th students, teachers, and supporters of Environmental Education gathered in celebration at the BUEI as Greenrock hosted Bermuda's first Eco-Schools Award Ceremony. The event showcased the efforts of 10 participating schools: public and private, from preschool to college, all of which are working on clear goals towards sustainability.

Mangareva AerialOn Tuesdays a propeller aircraft can take passengers from the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia to Mangareva, Tahiti's French Polynesian neighbour, and the largest island in the Gambier Islands chain.

A short ferry journey from the Mangreva's airport takes passengers to Rikitea village where, if timed correctly, the MV Claymore II, a 160-foot passenger and cargo ship, will be waiting. 8 times a year she takes 12 passengers (and cargo) on the 32-hour, 200-mile journey to Pitcairn Island.

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Elliott Primary has partnered with Greenrock since 2009 and was part of our original Green School Pilot Project. They are now part of our Eco-Schools Programme and received a Green Seed Award in June for their Biodiversity pathway.

bonnie mc glynnGreenrock is very pleased to welcome Bonnie McGlynn as interim Executive Director. Bonnie has a wealth of experience to bring to this role, particularly in education. She is a former Principal of Dame Marjorie Bean Hope Academy, a Founding member and on the Board of KATKIDS, and heads the Education Committee of the Bermuda Sloop Foundation.

Prospect Prospect Primary is participating in Greenrock's Eco-Schools programme, pursuing the Biodiversity Pathway. In mid-May Prospect Primary, after help from Deloitte's and the Department of Parks, officially opened their garden, in memory of a late staff member, Carol Smith. What was a neighbourhood dumping ground years ago has been transformed into a clean and colourful outdoor space for students to read, explore, and tend to the plants - of which almost 20 are edible.

bulbWhy does our island, with the perfect conditions for solar energy, generate less than 1% of its power from the sun? The answer spans our current Energy Policy, economic incentives, and inertia.

Our integrated electricity system belongs in the past - it hasn’t really changed for 30 or 40 years; and in the meantime, technology and the economics of alternative sources of power have changed dramatically.

BELCO demand curves 1Let's just start by acknowledging that we are all in this together: we use electricity where and when we want, Belco responds to our demand by investing in generators to supply the electricity that we want, and the Government decides how much we pay them for the convenience. The electricity system is a dance between all the participants – how and when we use electricity makes a very big difference to how Belco operates; how and for what they get paid makes a very big difference to what they care about.

Every child in every school in Bermuda learns that the way to live more sustainably is "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle". Except, apparently, in Bermuda. Sustainable living means efficient use of our resources for the long term, which makes the short term proposal by the Bermuda Government, to close our recycling plant because it is "not a money-making entity", perplexing to say the least.

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


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