We actively cultivate Innovation by seeking out and adopting new and practical ideas, methods and products.
Image: EcoPark Design by Daniela Nunes (2013)
Complex problems require integrated solutions. Therefore, many of our projects combine several of our themes – waste, water, energy and education – in innovative ways.
To strengthen best practices and green leadership in all our work, we actively collaborate with the best and brightest ideas from local, regional and international professionals.
This Virgin Gorda 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, data driven vector control operations. After three years of success on Virgin Gorda, we’re partnering with the Government on a BugOut pilot on Tortola.
Green Certification incentivizes, guides and educates businesses in best green operation practices and provides Bronze, Silver, Gold and Leader Accreditations. Developed in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources, the programme provides critical financial support to environmental betterment through its Green Fund, and will guide the “greening” of the BVI Public Service’s Strategic Policy.
Teaching regenerative agriculture, increasing locally grown food and decreasing organic waste dumped are the overarching goals of Green VI’s Garden Project. Through enriched education and hands-on farming activities, our gardens foster students and community members to be mindful of their health, well being, environment and social history.
Green VI’s EcoParks will demonstrate how humans and the natural world can live in dynamic harmony through innovation and symbiosis. The aim is to create Centres of Excellence that are sustainable, scalable and replicable models. They will feature best practices for Materials Management, Food Security, Renewable Energy, Water Management and Education – all designed to engage and inspire visitors.
Waste streams will be transformed into renewable energy that provides the power to produce beautiful works of art from recycled glass. This is Upcycling at its best and brightest and brings together all our themes – waste, water, energy, education and innovation.
OVERALL REDUCTION OF MOSQUITO BREEDING SITES (VG)
Working with local farmers we will procure and test a Farmpod – a vertical aquaponics food production system that is off grid and automated. An additional benefit of FarmPods is their ability to provide water to surrounding land.
An exciting new demonstration project is the anaerobic digester to process food waste, sewage sludge, manure, and possibly sargassum. These will be digested by microorganisms that release methane as a byproduct. The system is in a sealed vessel so no odours are produced and the methane will be used to fuel Green VI’s Glass Studio Furnace.
REGENERATIVE LAND USE
Regenerative land use and Permaculture incorporate holistic, systems approaches to land use that increase biodiversity, enrich soils, improve watersheds, and enhance ecosystem services.
ORGANIC PHOTOVOLTAIC FILM
Sunew’s Organic Photovoltaic Film (OPV) is the third generation solar cell technology. Through a fully sustainable production chain, it is the greenest energy generation alternative and has the lowest carbon footprint among solar generation technologies. Sunew’s OPV differs from previous technologies due to its versatility. It enables energy generation on any surface, from smart buildings glass facades to vehicles and urban furniture.
Through Innovation, we have the opportunity to create a centre of excellence for entrepreneurial development that creates new businesses and jobs. Examples of new green “upcycling” business may include:
- Restore (second hand store for construction “waste”)
- Mushroom farming
- Reuse & Repair store
- Recycled paper products
- Recycled rubber products
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.