reserveThe Public Works Ministry is proposing that several Parks be reclassified as Nature Reserves, Minister of Public Works Michael Weeks said yesterday [May 25] in the House of Assembly.

“A comprehensive mapping review of the park system has just been completed,” said Minister Weeks.

marc_beanA heated debate on the protection of open spaces was nearly cut short after repeated complaints of personal attacks in a speech by Environment Minister Marc Bean.

Members of the One Bermuda Alliance and the United Bermuda Party (UBP) said open spaces need to be protected, remarking on how developed Bermuda has become in the last few decades, Mr Bean responded that those who were most vocal against developments were the same people who “own the most concrete”.

Kevin_Lanthier_Tuckers_PointRosewood Tucker's Point Hotel & Spa has achieved its Green Globe certification — a sustainable development programme designed for the travel and tourism industry.

It is the first resort property in Bermuda to achieve the industry certification.

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KBBKeep Bermuda Beautiful will this week launch a new programme hoped to encourage individuals and groups make a difference in their neighbourhoods.

The Adopt-A-Spot programme, which will be launched Wednesday afternoon, but 36 groups have already pledged to take part.

bags_vs_bagsBermuda could become an environmental leader and protect the Atlantic by banning plastic bags, according to Senator Michael Fahy.

He said he attended a lecture over the Easter holiday about a floating mass of trash around twice the size of Texas, found in the Pacific Ocean.

A similar build-up of plastic waste has been recorded in the North Atlantic Gyre.

2012.05.13-Elbow-Bikes_0002-21Islanders can now cruise Bermuda with ease on whisper quiet, easy-to-operate and environmentally friendly hybrid electric bicycles now being offered at Elbow Beach Cycles.

The livery has purchased 40 hybrid electric bicycles, which are available for rent by both visitors to the island and locals.

solar_panel_bermudaHomes and businesses can now install larger solar panels without needing planning permission under new rules.

Recently approved amendments to the Development and Planning (General Development) Order 1999 allow up to 400 sq ft of solar panels to be installed without the need to apply to the Planning Department for planning permission. A building permit, however, is still be required.

At the eastern end of leafy Reid Street, children and young adults have been enjoying a range of literary pursuits recently, and Youth Services Librarian Marla Smith shared some of the details.

The library collaborated once again with Greenrock and Belco on the highly successful student essay competition intended to raise awareness about environmental issues, as well as to encourage research and writing. Writing essays on the theme "Five Ways that I Keep My Bermuda Green", 261 students entered the 2012 contest, as compared to 119 in 2011.

tynes-baySustainability advocates and politicians have given a mixed reaction to news that Government has issued a Request for Proposals for a Waste-to-Energy facility.

Opposition One Bermuda Alliance yesterday questioned Government's rationale for its RFP given that $20 million of taxpayer's money has been spent on upgrading the facility.

earth_day_video_winnerStudents at the Bermuda High School took home both first and second prizes in the first Earth Day Student Video Competition.

The video "Plastic Bag" by BHS's Lara Hetzel, following a single blue, plastic bag as it is blown into the ocean, took home the top prize.

"Marine Debris," by Erin Binn, Courtney Bodenstab, Caitlin Hyland and Alison Lamb won second place.


Greenrock and BELCO announce the winners of the 2012 Earth Hour Essay Contest for Students, which was sponsored and coordinated by BELCO. The prize-giving ceremony took place at the Bermuda National Library, Youth Library.

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