Bermuda GreenrockThroughout our long history most Bermudians have had an intuitive understanding of the fact that if you protect the land and water around you, the land and water will return the favour.

In fact, Bermuda has always been something of a trailblazer when it comes to the preservation and conservation of its environment. The Island introduced some of the earliest measures in the Western Hemisphere to safeguard both its terrestrial and marine ecosystems, ensuring the "most prodigious and enchanted place" discovered by survivors of the Sea Venture wreck remained just that way.

reef-watchDoing your part to help protect Bermuda’s coral reefs has never been easier and on Saturday, June 28, the Bermuda Zoological Society, with the support of lead sponsor Hiscox, will host Reef Watch 2014, a community environmental monitoring project that examines the health of Bermuda’s coral reef systems.

Over the last couple of months I have had the pleasure of doing some work with two of our large primary schools.

The schools are working toward their accreditation as part of an Eco Schools Programme and I have been doing work with them related to energy auditing in the classrooms and common areas of the schools.

5gyresBeauty product microbeads — they are pretty, they make your skin tingle, they could be destroying the environment.

The tiny plastic beads that have become popular additions to body washes, facial scrubs and shampoos have become the target of a new crusade conducted by environmental awareness group 5 Gyres Institute.

Dr David ChapmanDr. David Chapman – who recently earned his PhD through the Royal Holloway University of London following research on renewable energy and its role in sustainable development in small island states — is continuing to share the results of his studies in order to help to positively focus the current developmental trajectory of Bermuda and other similar nations and territories.

When an environmental sustainable development programme was first implemented in a failing school with a high dropout rate in Puerto Rico, few knew what kind of impact it would have on the students in that community.

earth-day-2014The US Consulate will tomorrow [22 April] screen two environmental documentaries as part of the annual Earth Day celebrations.

The first features a park in Cairo, one of the most populated cities in the world, which was created out of a 500-year-old dump and the second focuses on green energy.

The documentary features the FedEx distribution centre in California, which uses clean solar energy to provide 80 percent of its energy.

airport-dumpThe Waste Management Section of the Ministry of Public Works is advising the public of changes to the tipping fees for the Marsh Folly Composting Facility and the Airport Waste Management Facility which will come into effect on July 1, 2014.

Residents need to change their approach to energy to avoid falling victim to fuel poverty as prices continue to rocket, Environment Minister Marc Bean said last night.

Mr Bean noted more and more people are feeling the knock-on effect of rising global oil prices as he launched a debate on Government’s Energy White Paper in the House of Assembly.


Elliot Primary School is one of eight Bermuda schools to have joined an exciting new programme aimed at promoting sustainability. The internationally-accredited Eco-Schools programme aims to empower students to change the way they live to better help protect the environment for generations to come.

KEMH SolarThe 1000 sq ft solar panel system installed on the roof of the new Acute Care Wing of the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital is now the island’s largest solar panel system, a spokesperson said today.

“The state of the art solar plant installed by Bermuda Engineering Co. Ltd [BE Solar] for Paget Health Services comprises nearly 1000 square feet of panels to capture the energy of the sun and use it to heat water,” BHB added.

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