The following remarks are from Greenrock President Dr Judith Landsberg (pictured), who has spearheaded the charity's Green Building Forum, led its Green School pilot project with Elliot Primary and consulted on other waste and energy projects here on the Island.

Check out the Spring 2011 edition of Envirotalk from Bermuda's Department of Environmental Protection.

In this issue –

• We have an important notice from the Envirotalk Team which will affect all our print subscribers.
• Dr. Tammy Trott, Senior Marine Resources Officer, talks us through plans for the management and monitoring of recreational fishing in Bermuda.
• Alison Green, Librarian at the Department of Environmental Protection and Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo, introduces the new library OPAC (On-line Public Access Catalogue) for library users, which is part of a broader library automation system.
• Calling all budding Environment M.Sc. students! Alison Copeland, Biodiversity Action Plan Coordinator, reports on a scholarship being offered to Overseas Territories students.
• Kimberly Burch, Technical Assistant in the Plant Protection Laboratory, gives us an over view of the history of Citrus Tristeza Virus and explains what’s involved in grafting citrus trees.
• Staying with the citrus theme we have a wonderful recipe for Bermuda citrus salad with avocado.
• As usual, we have our popular Spring planting calendar.
• See page 10 for details of the upcoming Annual Exhibition

pdf Envirotalk - Spring 2011 - Volume 79 No. 1

YOU reduce, reuse and recycle. You turn down plastic and paper. You avoid out-of-season grapes. You do all the right things.


Just know that it won't save the tuna, protect the rain forest or stop global warming. The changes necessary are so large and profound that they are beyond the reach of individual action.

Read full article...

ewg_scorecard_bannerThe Environmental Working Group rated 173 bottled waters for transparency - what each company is willing to share with you about where their water comes from, how or if it's treated, and how pure it is. More than half of all bottled waters flunked. Bottom line? Drink plenty of water, but avoid bottled water when you can. It pollutes the environment and is often nothing more than tap water. When you must, choose brands with high scores (clear labeling) and advanced treatment.

bag_monsterHilex Poly, a South Carolina-based manufacturer of plastic bags, has agreed to settle a lawsuit that it and two other plastic bag manufacturers had filed against ChicoBag, a California company that makes reusable bags. Along with the two other plastic bag companies (Superbag Operating, LTD., and Advance Polybag, Inc.), Hilex Poly had sued on the grounds that a “Learn the Facts” page on ChicoBag’s website was “false and misleading” and had caused the companies “irreparable harm.”

Fall 2011 edition of Envirotalk courtesy of the Department of Environmental Protection.

In this issue –
•    Jessie Hallett, a Bermuda Zoological Society Research fellow, tells us about the recovery of turkey-wing mussels.
•    Abayomi Carmichael shouts at Bermuda to start growing up, in a  vertical gardening challenge.
•    In ‘Beds, Paths and Beyond...How does your Lawn grow?’,  Aaron Lutkin gives advice on lawn care in Bermuda.
•    Claire Jessey, Entomologist, talks to us about the citrus  leafminer, a  wide-spread pest which is currently damaging our citrus.
•    Check and see what is worth planting this fall in our Fall planting calendar.

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We have to thank a Facebook user for sharing a video on our page - an old soda bottle powered by the sun and serving as a light bulb? Amazing and true. Imagine if we could apply this type of creativity and innovation on other items we typically throw away? Click below to watch the video. Trust us - it's worth the two minutes.

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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Telephone: 1-441-747-ROCK (7625)