We have many fun and interactive ways to help people of all ages understand how to make daily choices that lead to positive behaviour changes that protect their health, that of their families as well as the environment that sustains us.
As we journey closer to a greener, cleaner and healthier BVI, the idea that sustainability is only about the environment, needs to be broadened. Sustainability is really about each of us and the small actions we take every day – how we handle our waste and sewage, how we produce and conserve our water and energy, and the choices we make as consumers.
We need a healthy environment to survive; the environment does not need us. We have many fun and interactive ways to help people of all ages understand how to make daily choices that lead to positive behaviour changes that protect their health, that of their families as well as the environment that sustains us.
Test Recycling Centres are up and running on both Tortola and Virgin Gorda. The hard work of putting partnerships, infrastructure, education programmes and monitoring & evaluation tools in place is done, and long-term funding mechanisms are being implemented. Download our RECYCLING APP now to find out where, and how, to now recycle glass, aluminium cans and plastic.
Our Garden Lesson Plans that have been adopted into the BVI National Curriculum, our Waste Lesson Plans, our BugOut Lesson Plans and our Water lesson Plans can be found here. You can also find Green Tips and links to online resources for use in your home, school, office, or community.
GREEN MY LIFE
Want to learn more on how to green your life, your home, your school, your business, your travel, your event? It is easier and cheaper than you think! An added bonus is that you will be supporting local businesses.
Want to join us as a volunteer, an intern, join or organise a clean up or event, or want to be trained as an outreach officer? We have different opportunities for all ages. Contact us to find out more.
This community-driven initiative reduces the breeding sites of the Aedes aegypti mosquito that causes diseases such as Zika, dengue, and chikungunya. Outreach education, clean ups and community participation are integrated into safe vector control operations. After three years of success on Virgin Gorda, we’re now working closely with the BVI Government to roll out a BugOut pilot on Tortola.
PEOPLE EDUCATED IN PERSON
Green VI continues to join the world-wide celebration of Earth Day to highlight all things “green” in the BVI. Instead of just one day, we celebrate Earth Week with different activities and outreach projects. Make every day Earth Day.
Want to join us next April?
We support organisations wanting to facilitate local Clean Ups by providing tips, technical support and equipment (bags, gloves & litter pickers). The aim is to encourage the community to actively reduce litter and debris that cause mosquito breeding sites and related illnesses such as dengue, chikungunya and Zika.
Organics Management (composting) is an easy, effective way to reduce the 40-50% of materials currently landfilled or incinerated. Other benefits to producing our own compost includes:
- Local job and product creation
- Readily available material to reduce risk of fires at dumpsites
- Effective erosion control
- Increases water retention of soil by 50%
- Replenishes our soil
Local Lesson Plans have been developed for Waste and Water Management, and our Garden Lesson Plans have been incorporated into the BVI National Curriculum. The Garden lesson plans aim to utilize our school gardens as classrooms to connect the natural world to core academic subjects such as math, science and English. Download Lessons on our Resource Page
Over the years, we have had numerous publications and articles published. Read More
DOOR TO DOOR
The Door-to-Door programme sends team members to homes to discuss vector control, waste management and recycling. Nothing is more powerful than one-on-one interaction. The investment of time to reach out to community members is worth every second, as we work together to solve problems.
Field trips include tours to recycling and upcycling sites, the Pockwood Pond Incinerator and collecting water samples to test for plastics in BVI waters. We learn by doing and experiencing. Field trips and hands-on learning deepen our understanding of what needs to be done and why.
ADOPT A SPOT
Our Adopt a Spot programme creates genuine partnerships with communities to help reduce both the mosquito population and smoke emissions from the dumpsite via clean-ups, recycling, door-to-door engagement, communication and education. To strengthen our ongoing efforts to inspire and empower residents, Adopt A Spot offers opportunities for people to get more involved in their community in a way that promotes civic pride, individual responsibility and lasting awareness. Contact us to Adopt a Spot at firstname.lastname@example.org
Students, businesses and individuals could enter chairs made from repurposed materials in the competition. Chairs were auctioned off to support GreenVI’s other education programs. The main purpose of the event is to raise awareness on ways to reuse, repair and recycle by challenging the youth and workplaces to use their creativity to build or rebuild chairs. For 5 years Green VI and nutmeg designs organised an annual CHAIR-ity Fundraiser exhibit and auction. This was an innovative and fun project that students, individuals and groups could work on on throughout the year.
Our Glass Studio, our most well-known project, exemplifies our mission by making environmental issues fun and engaging. Visitors to our Cane Garden Bay Studio, were entertained and educated as they watched glass blowers transform old bottles into works of art, seeing first-hand how waste is transformed into a resource. This was a popular field trip for BVI students, visitors, government officials and VIP’s. It’s an excellent way to raise awareness about Waste Management and Renewable Energy. We look forward to reopening in 2021.
GREENING IVAN DAWSON
Greening Ivan Dawson with FusionStormVolunteers – 100 volunteers, I day, 1 green makeover:
- De-molded school and painted it with eco-friendly paint that inhibits mould production
- Replaced the lights with LED lights and energy efficient fans (reduce electricity bill by 40%)
- Created a playground using old tires
- Initiated a garden, compost and recycling system
- ClearWater hands out reusable water bottles