Through our outreach programmes, we advocate the efficient use of water, safe storage of water, and the reduction of chemical loads entering our land and marine water supplies.
Ocean water pollution by chemical loads and untreated sewage, as well as a lack of natural freshwater sources, presents unique challenges for the BVI. Plastic is the highest litter fraction on our islands. This leads to increased microplastics in our water supply and more breeding sites for mosquitoes carrying diseases. Plastic litter also blocks drains which can cause flooding.
Through alternative water generation, better management of sewage and reduction of litter, plastics and toxic chemicals we can ensure:
Safe drinking water for all
Reduced breeding sites for mosquitoes carrying diseases
A clean marine environment for sustainable fisheries, coral reefs and tourism
ADVOCACY & RESEARCH
Green VI advocates safe and sustainable water management practices. We are conducting research to identify best practices in water generation technologies, as well as safer products to use in our homes, schools and workplaces. We are also exploring the potential of Anaerobic Digestion in processing certain organics, including Sargassum, a plentiful and often problematic seaweed.
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.
Green VI’s EcoParks will demonstrate how humans and the natural world can live in 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.
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.
AIR TO WATER GENERATOR
RESEARCH & TECHNOLOGIES
At Green VI, we choose to view a problem as an opportunity, and so our next exciting project is to design, test and implement an Anaerobic Digester that can convert a mixture of organic waste, sewage, and possibly Sargassum, into methane – a form of energy that is perfect for powering our Glass Studio furnace. Our new location will have the space and support needed to demonstrate this remarkable transformation of a waste stream into renewable energy.
GENERATING & HARVESTING WATER
The EcoPark will demonstrate best practices in sustainable water conservation, harvesting and generation for onsite use and potentially to supplement water supply to farmers in Paraquita. Additional water technologies will be demonstrated such as the waves for water system that is a low cost filtration solution based on dialysis technology and requires no electricity. Solar Air to Water technology, such as the Zero Mass Water, is one of the alternatives to be explored – this technology pulls water from the air using the power of the sun. They can be mounted on your roof or garden to supply drinking water for you and your family. Water conservation practices will be demonstrated and encouraged.
SCHOOL WATER SYSTEMS
In an effort to reduce single use plastic water bottles at schools, we are working with partners toward setting up water systems that will provide clean, accessible water for students.
Humans are the only species to generate waste and it is through producing waste (in solid, liquid and gas forms) that we pollute the systems we depend on for survival. Waste is a problem on island environments where space and topography severely limits landfill space.
Recycled Glass Sprouts @ Pockwood Pond Photo: Hezikiah Maddox