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Green Files

 
Reclaiming the energy in food
Every day a lot of food gets thrown away by grocery stores, restaurants and hotels because it cannot be sold or donated. There are also numerous inefficiencies in the supply chain of our agricultural sector that often result in a significant amount o...
 
 
Rediscover The Bahamas – Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park
For the past eight years I have spent more time out of The Bahamas than in it, giving me a fresh perspective and appreciation for the land I call home. I had the privilege last week of flying over the Exuma Land and Sea Park in a helicopter; this off...
 
 
Ease of business is good for the environment
If you go to the World Bank Group website, you can see the ratings for countries as it relates to whether or not the regulatory environment is conducive to opening and operating a business. The Bahamas ranks 106 overall in the world and has shown pro...
 
 
Climate change and phony engineers
Record-setting global high temperatures, more powerful and more frequent storms, have led us to believe that climate is changing and perhaps more rapidly than ever in history. It is at this time that we need to be ever more vigilant and ensure that t...
 
 
Collaborative consumption: Uber
If you spend a lot of time outside of The Bahamas, as I currently do, some of the things we have come to live with no longer seem acceptable. Glaringly obvious is the lack of accessible, affordable public transport to cover the very small island of N...
 
 
China, let’s talk energy
China was late to the game of advancing renewable energy technology but they are making up for it, and fast. The Chinese have by far the most aggressive renewable energy policy of any country in the world and are investing billions of dollars to impl...
 
 
BPL survival tips
I live in hope that there is a light at the end of the tunnel that we find ourselves in courtesy of Bahamas Power and Light (BPL). I was prompted, though, to write this article after reading a Facebook post in which one customer described their candl...
 
 
Carbon trading opportunities for The Bahamas
It’s the worldwide $60 billion industry that most of us have never heard of, or if we have heard of it, we don’t really understand how it works. Carbon trading, really, is a market-based approach to reducing carbon emissions that allows for the s...
 
 
BPL, don’t keep us in the dark
The government has created a subsidiary of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) called Bahamas Power and Light (BPL), which is now responsible for power generation, transmission and distribution in The Bahamas. From the point of view of the elec...
 
 
Net zero energy buildings
I think most of us if given the opportunity to put an end to electricity bills would jump at the chance to do so and the option of constructing a net zero building presents an opportunity to do just that. The term net zero energy when referred to bui...
 
 
What is your paper usage?
Here is where you will find what you need to know about renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation in The Bahamas and beyond. I was in a meeting this past week, when a hotel executive who generally works back of house, shared a story about...
 
 
Waste to energy
I recall watching a cartoon with my daughter a few years ago based on this environmentally conscious group of children, their teacher and a magic flying bus. When this group needed to fuel up they simply grabbed armloads of trash and shoved them down...
 
 
The case for the contractor’s bill and resilient design
Change is coming to the construction industry because of climate change. Leading institutions in the United States have been in talks this month about proposed changes to building codes and standards, in an effort to get ahead of this problem. This ...
 
 
Three questions on climate change
It is often hard to focus on climate change when caught up in the daily realities of life. It seems like a foggy idea that may or may not be true, which comes to mind when we directly experience an extreme weather event or when we watch the effects u...
 
 
Talking electric cars with Pia Farmer of Easy ECO Car Sales
Sonia Brown, of The Green Files, talks with Pia Farmer, of Easy ECO Car Sales, about the possibilities of the electric car market in The Bahamas.   1. You had been in the car sales business for some time. What made you want to sell electric ca...
 
 
Organize bus system and eliminate taxes on EV & hybrids
Our public transport sector has a ways to go. It appears to have not changed much from when I was at COB almost 30 years ago. Buses generally stop running around 6pm and there are a lot of areas of New Providence that cannot be accessed. This void i...
 
 
New building standards can reduce dependence on foreign oil
While we anticipate the changes coming out of Bahamas Power and Light, we need to look at reforming the building and transportation sectors to take advantage of the many gains to be had to help us reduce our dependence on foreign oil. This week we wi...
 
 
What beached whales tell us about plastic use
The dramatic site of whales beaching in the North Sea cannot go unnoticed. The latest story to grab our attention was the twitter feed from Robert Habeck, an environment minister for a province near the German-Danish border. In the photo he was shown...
 
 
Rooftop gardens help save energy
In densely populated cities around the world, the rooftop garden and its cousin, the green roof, are becoming increasingly popular. In The Bahamas where we still have a lot of green spaces, this concept may seem a bit odd, but for persons living in h...
 
 
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