Catlin_Community_GardenGreenrock remains committed to inspire and facilitate local communities to develop produce gardens. Greenrock's Healthy Harvest team, and volunteers from Catlin and the Sunshine League recently spent the day cleaning up and preparing the Catlin Sunshine League Community Garden.

Energy_Limbo_WinnersLast month, we reported on the Dept of Energy's competition Energy Limbo – How Low Can You Go?

The winners were announced at last week's CARICOM Energy Week.

Edwin and Shirley Ann Smith were the overall winners of the Energy Limbo, reducing their energy consumption by 38 per cent over a 10-month period. Mrs Smith received her certificate from Marc Bean, Minister of Environment, Planning & Infrastructure Strategy.

roadshowGreenrock will be bringing its multi-media interactive School Roadshow to 15 Bermuda middle and high schools over the next 2 months.

Now in its 7th year, this year's roadshow theme is Waste Reduction.

To learn more, visit the School Roadshow project page or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The City Market resumes next weekend, November 17th - so don't miss out on the opportunity to shop for locally grown and home made goods!

8am until noon - every Saturday morning. Mid November to June.

Don't forget to bring your own bag!

energy_limboLast November, the Department of Energy kicked off its energy cutback competition Energy Limbo: How Low Can You Go?, based on a idea put forward by Greenrock.

Households participating in the program, which began in January and runs until the end of October, are competing for the greatest reduction in energy use during that time period.

World_Rugby_ClassicGreenrock is participating in a waste audit at the World Rugby Classic this weekend, to find out what percentage of the event's recyclables are being sent to Tyne’s Bay incinerator as opposed to being recycled.

Volunteers will be meeting at National Stadium at 7:30am on Sunday, November 11th, where they will be given instructions and the necessary protective gear/ tools to safely sort trash.

eco-tainerGreenrock applaud Buzz's decision to change its packaging, utensils and cups to more environmentally friendly products.

Moving to compostable packaging, starch based cups and sustainably sourced wooden cutlery not only cuts down on our use of scarce resources, but also reduces the toxic chemicals that are released into the air at Tynes Bay when plastic is burned.

earthswitchWe are approaching election season with the imminent Presidential election ratcheting up the tension in the USA and a Bermuda national election due before the end of the year. The topics hitting headlines are who is telling lies about what, the financial situation, and at the moment, the impending (as I write) land-fall of Hurricane Sandy.

byob_nobagthanksDid you know that common estimates for the number of disposable plastic and paper bags used annually are in excess of 500 billion bags? That's about 1 million bags used per minute! What do we use them for? Generally we put a purchase in them, walk or ride home, take the purchase out and throw the bag away. Some of them are reused once or twice but the vast majority is used only once.

Last Tuesday, The Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce (BEST) formally launched their Blueprint for Environmental Sustainability - 2012.

Greenrock applaud BEST on doing an excellent job in documenting THE PROBLEM together with their suggestions on where to look for solutions. Greenrock agrees that much of the focus needs to be on Changing the Mindset, one person at a time, and we would like to share some current examples of how Greenrock act as part of THE SOLUTION.

In 2010, Greenrock began a pilot project with Elliot Primary to understand how a Bermuda school can 'go green' and how the community can get involved. There are many excellent international resources for 'Green Schools' but many recommendations are not applicable to or available in Bermuda. The Green School Project has drawn on international resources such as FEE-International (Foundation for Environmental Education) and Green Schools Ireland, as well as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and local expertise , to put together a 'Green School Template'. The template will contain Bermuda specific information to be made available to all schools in September 2011.

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