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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.

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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.

Solar's big heyday may be just three years away as the unsubsidized cost of panels plus storage is set to become cheaper than retail power supply in several large markets, Bernstein said.

"The math would work in: Australia, Japan and Spain. Brazil and parts of California will become economic shortly thereafter," Bernstein said in a note last week. "At that point, solar without subsidy and without kid-glove regulatory treatment, would - if combined with energy storage solutions - be capable of supplying electricity ('on' and 'off')."

It expects solar will reach a cost below $0.40 a watt by 2018, leading to a combined cost of the solar-plus-battery electricity supply of $0.24 a kilowatt hour on an unsubsidized basis in select markets, including Australia, where residential retail power averages $0.26 a kilowatt hour.

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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.

This is the beginning of the end.

The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. And there's no going back. 

The shift occurred in 2013, when the world added 143 gigawatts of renewable electricity capacity, compared with 141 gigawatts in new plants that burn fossil fuels, according to an analysis presented Tuesday at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance annual summit in New York. The shift will continue to accelerate, and by 2030 more than four times as much renewable capacity will be added. 

"The electricity system is shifting to clean,'' Michael Liebreich, founder of BNEF, said in his keynote address. "Despite the change in oil and gas prices there is going to be a substantial buildout of renewable energy that is likely to be an order of magnitude larger than the buildout of coal and gas."

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energypyramidBermuda’s electricity sector is in a time of change. Almost half of Belco’s nineteen fossil fuel generators are at or past their ‘normal service life’; this means that up to half of Bermuda’s generating capacity will need to be replaced at current demand in the next few years. At the same time the Department of Energy is leading the work to write a new Energy Policy and put in place an Energy Regulator.

Greenrock is participating in the debate, and representing the interests of a sustainable Bermuda at all levels.

pitcairn islandsThe creation of the world’s largest marine reserve in the Pitcairn Islands represents a missed opportunity for Bermuda to blaze the trail in ocean conservation.

This is the view of Chris Flook who, in his former role as a consultant for the Pew Foundation, worked with Government to create such a reserve in Bermuda in 2013.

The reserve in Pitcairn designated by the UK Government this month has been praised by the Pew Charitable Trusts as well as the National Geographic Society, who joined with local elected body the Pitcairn Island Council in submitting a proposal calling for the reserve.

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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.

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?

dutch net zero housingWhat if you could change your decades-old house into a modern, comfortable, energy-efficient home in less than ten days without having to move out or pay extra? Does it sound too good to be true? That's exactly what a consortium of construction companies and social housing corporations are doing in the Netherlands.

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.

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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