lightwriting1.jpgUS Consulate announces climate video contest

The US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) has launched its second annual interactive video contest, "Change Your Climate, Change Our World”.

People all over the world ages 14 and older are invited to submit videos, no more than two minutes in length, containing any form of artistic expression including, but not limited to, dance, spoken word, poetry and song. This contest is a call for engagement and action.

Environment bulbEnergy is going off track

Are we moving in the right direction with our energy planning? If this question was asked five years ago, we would probably say quite easily, 'No.' There was a complete disconnect between Belco's apparent business strategy based on increasing or not increasing consumption of fossil fuels, and any articulated energy strategy or regulation being proposed by Government.

Obesity on the rise Early this month, Greenrock launched its new Healthy Harvest Bermuda initiative. As a charity focused on raising awareness of sustainability issues, Greenrock looks not only at environmental concerns, but also at those that affect sustainable development. The health of the nation is part of that.

Food Inc posterLast Friday, I went to see Greenrock's first screening of Food, Inc. at BUEI. It's a movie that "lifts the veil" on the American food industry and a must see for anyone that aspires to be an intelligent and ethical consumer. The film makes the point that the way we eat has changed more in the last 50 years, than in the last 10,000 – and that although food has never been so cheap (an arguable benefit), it has also never been so nutrient poor and calorie-rich.

Royal Gazette photo

A new Government scheme is making going green a little less expensive. The Solar Photovoltaic Rebate Initiative, which launched yesterday, will offer residents a rebate of up to $5,000 for the installation of solar panels.

energy.jpgGovernment urged to lead by example with green options.

Sustainability group Greenrock is urging Government to adopt alternative technologies in transport and building design as it finalises a White Paper on Energy. The sustainable development group welcomed the Throne Speech announcement of a White Paper but said Government should lead by example in these areas.

Green home

The Department of Energy tells us that every kilowatt hour of electricity generated in Bermuda pumps 751 grams of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. This amounted to approximately 6.5 metric tons of CO2 per residential customer in 2007 (see the 2009 Energy Green Paper).

byobaward.pngGreenrock earns US advertising award.

A Bermuda sustainable development group has won a US advertising award for its 'BYOB: Bring Your Own Bottle and Bag' campaign. Greenrock and marketing agency Proverb were presented with a Public Service Merit Award at the Ad Club of Greater Boston's 49th Annual Francis W Hatch Awards.

Recycling at workOne much-discussed issue in the last few months is how to manage waste. Not theoretical waste – wasted energy, wasted time – or even something more topical like wasted assets, but actual physical waste: bottles, paper, old computers, old food, stuff we are actively trying to get out the door.

Most companies are doing their best to dispose of waste in an environmentally friendly manner. Almost all companies have separate recycling bins. Many companies collect so many used phone books that the resultant stack could almost be a work of art or a feat of engineering. A lot of companies also try to find ways to give away or reuse old computers, monitors and cell phones to abate the embarrassment of electronic superfluity that seems to collect around most of us these days. However, disposing of things in an environmentally friendly way, particularly in Bermuda, is not easy.

PlanetShifter websiteGreen light Greenrock

Greenrock President Andrew Vaucrosson talks to PlanetShifter’s Willi Paul about fundraising in an uncertain economy, the challenges Greenrock faces in trying to raise awareness of sustainability issues, and practicing what he preaches day to day.

1. With so much economic uncertainty in your country and world, how is doing on the financial front? Any advice to other groups?

Reading the Green PagesGreenrock reflects on one year in The Green Pages.

For Greenrock, the mantra "Changing the Mindset" implies a long-term commitment to the progressive shift toward a more sustainable Bermuda - in the environmental, social, and economic spheres. To do so, it is important to speak directly to the public, with a clear message, about ways to generate meaningful change. Working in partnership with The Royal Gazette's Green Pages has been an opportunity to do just that.

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