2015 annual report pic2015 was a year of change for Greenrock, but we continued to develop and deliver quality programmes and projects.

There can be no denying that the charity sector, of which Greenrock is a member, continues to experience challenging times, as has largely been the case since the 2008 Economic Crisis. Despite these challenges, Greenrock has expanded our programmes in schools and continued to engage the community to share solutions for a sustainable Bermuda.

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The future of our electricity supply is an important topic for debate and has a significant impact on Bermuda's 'triple bottom line' of Environmental, Social, and Economic Sustainability. Earlier this year the Department of Energy published a new Electricity Policy, and have just followed this by tabling a new Electricity Bill for Bermuda.

Every child in every school in Bermuda learns that the way to live more sustainably is "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle". Except, apparently, in Bermuda. Sustainable living means efficient use of our resources for the long term, which makes the short term proposal by the Bermuda Government, to close our recycling plant because it is "not a money-making entity", perplexing to say the least.

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?

EH 60February 18, 2015- (Hamilton, Bermuda) On March 28th, Greenrock will partner with Waterfront Properties Limited, to host the 7th Annual Celebration of Earth Hour in Bermuda. For the sixth year running, the City of Hamilton will turn dark for one hour, from 8:30pm until 9:30pm, in the hopes of sending a powerful message promoting a brighter future for our planet and its habitants, stressing the importance of living sustainably. The philosophy behind Earth Hour is that this singular mass movement will help to share further awareness and encourage action in protecting our ever-changing environment.

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.

AirportArtCropDuring the summer of 2014 LookBermuda approached Greenrock about their AirportArt Project at LF Wade International Airport.

Subsequently, two anonymous donations were made in support of Greenrock through the International Charitable Fund of Bermuda for US tax payers. 

bonnie mc glynnGreenrock is very pleased to welcome Bonnie McGlynn as interim Executive Director. Bonnie has a wealth of experience to bring to this role, particularly in education. She is a former Principal of Dame Marjorie Bean Hope Academy, a Founding member and on the Board of KATKIDS, and heads the Education Committee of the Bermuda Sloop Foundation.

Greenrock is gearing up for this year’s Earth Hour, with the event set to include the 5K Glow Fun Walk & Run, live entertainment, vendors, fun activities, speeches and more.

“Earth Hour began in 2007, in Sydney, Australia, and has since grown to engage more than 172 countries around the world. In Bermuda, Greenrock organised the first local celebration of Earth Hour in 2008, and it has been an annual fixture on our calendar since,” a spokesperson said.

bulbWhy does our island, with the perfect conditions for solar energy, generate less than 1% of its power from the sun? The answer spans our current Energy Policy, economic incentives, and inertia.

Our integrated electricity system belongs in the past - it hasn’t really changed for 30 or 40 years; and in the meantime, technology and the economics of alternative sources of power have changed dramatically.

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This is a lovely time year in our island home. There are few places on earth that sparkle and shine the way Bermuda does at Christmas; our balmy ocean breezes and lush foliage make the lights that decorate our homes and businesses work together to create a special kind of magic.

This is a time of celebration, of letting our family and friends know how much they mean to us, and of reflection on the year about to end and the new one that's just days away.

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