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The shoots of a green economy are growing stronger, with fledgling businesses offering a wide variety of environmentally friendly products.

The search for individuals, organisations, governments and private enterprises that have demonstrated leadership in preparing for, responding to, and reducing the environmental impacts of disasters and conflicts has begun with the launching of the 2nd biennial Green Star Awards. Nominations are being received until November 30 with the awards ceremony taking place in May 2011.

wv1_23498501The City Market, which has grown in popularity over the years after first starting out as the Farmers' Market, opens up again this month at the Bull's Head Car Park on Saturday mornings.

solar_panel_bermudaSustainable cottages, duty reductions on energy efficient products, rebates on solar PV installations, an energy Green Paper published, a possible wind farm in the next five years . . .

This is the long list of green accomplishments and ideas that have started to take shape in Bermuda's alternative energy sector, but we still have a long way to go before we can reverse the impact of our heavy reliance on fossil fuels.

LED Tube LightingSmaller businesses are taking energy conservation into their own hands and trying out different ways to lower their electricity bills.

Sarah Vallis, the office manager at Vallis & Hayward Ltd., the company that maintains the Vallis and International buildings in the City of Hamilton, has been taking such measures.

GREENROCK SAYS: During the global economic crisis, people were seeking out "safe havens" for long-term growth and opportunity. Most advance thinkers see the emergence of Green Technologies (GT) as next social and economic revolution. Just as the steam engine or telephone was when they had been introduced.

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Halloween may be over, but vampires and phantoms are still lurking around your home. No, this isn't some ghost hunter's special only for old haunted houses, this affects every home — as long as you are plugged in, energy vampires will be sucking your blood. Well, more like your hard earned money.

9 BeachesAs many as 120 residential units could be built at the 9 Beaches Resort, according to details contained in a Special Development Order (SDO) granted for the development.

A notice published in the Official Gazette said the estimated $80 million redevelopment of the West End resort would include 120 one, two and three bedroom dwellings for residential or tourism related use, in addition to 69 new hotel units.

wv1_23718601Bermuda's retailers have reacted guardedly to proposals from Government to phase out the use of plastic bags.

The idea, raised during the Throne Speech, was expanded upon in the House of Assembly by new Deputy Premier Derrick Burgess, who called plastic bags a menace to Bermuda's environment.

wv1_23687801It's Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) and Bermuda's small business spirit is being encouraged.

The week will feature a number of activities to further the entrepreneurship theme.

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GREENROCK SAYS: On our website, we have many articles about smart, alternative transportation in Bermuda. By not being a major car market in the eyes of the manufacturers, we have little choice but to accept the types of cars made available to this market.

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