“Food: Too Good to Waste” an upcoming webinar on food waste reduction

Currently, over 30% of the food currently grown and processed in the U.S. goes uneaten. When wholesome, edible food ends up in a landfill, all those embedded resources (along with the money spent on them) also get wasted. This impacts the environment, our community and the bottom line. The Food: Too Good to Waste toolkit was designed and developed for local governments and other community partners to help prevent wasted food in households. This community food waste prevention toolkit has been tested throughout the US and helps households save money while reducing wasted food by up to 50%. During this webinar we will present results from an evaluation report on several campaign implementations and hear from three of those communities who successfully implemented this toolkit. For more information, click here.

Campus RainWorks Challenge

EPA is announcing the fifth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge prize competition that asks student teams to design green infrastructure for their campus.  This year, teams will incorporate climate resiliency and consider community engagement in their stormwater management designs.   EPA is calling for college and university students to form teams with a faculty advisor to participate in the competition.  EPA encourages teams to be multidisciplinary (comprised of planners, engineers, designers, scientists, and more).  Teams will be able to submit in either the master plan or demonstration project categories.

Registration for this year’s competition will be open from September 1-30, 2016.  Submissions for this year’s competition will be due December 16, 2016 and winners will be announced in Spring 2017.

EPA will offer faculty and student prizes. Faculty advisors will receive $3,000 for first-place teams and $2,000 for second-place teams. Student team members will receive $2,000 for first-place teams and $1,000 for second-place teams.

Please see (https://www.epa.gov/campusrainworks) for more information.  Additional questions may be directed to Katelyn Amraen at RainWorks@epa.gov

Testimonies on Bottle and Waste Reduction Bills

Tomorrow, the Legislature of the Virgin Islands will be receiving testimony and taking action on Bill No. 31-0380, better known as the Bottle Bill, which will facilitate the recycling and reduction of use of bottles through the exchange of bottles for refunds and reverse vending machines.

There will also be action taken on Bill No. 31-0316, which seeks to establish a comprehensive reduction, recycling, and composting program.

Read the Bottle Bill here.

For more information click here.

Webinar on Livelihood Support Fund and ocean conservation

To relieve fishing pressure and provide supplementary income to coastal communities surrounding MPAs, the Eastern Caribbean Marine Managed Areas Network (ECMMAN) is implementing sustainable, alternative livelihood projects on six islands. Supported by the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), small livelihood grants were made available to qualified applicants selected by a regional committee. Projects range from eco-tourism cooperatives, agriculture projects, mooring sites, and training a network of fishers and vendors to catch and market invasive lionfish. The projects have effectively equipped displaced fishers and community members with the skills and investment needed to launch micro-enterprises. In this webinar we will hear about the Livelihood Support Fund concept and implementation, as well as from the facilitators of two national projects.

This webinar is presented by Joan Norville, Programme Officer, OECS; Roland Baldeo MPA Coordinator, Grenada Fisheries Division; and Michael Savarin, President, Tan Tan Development Corporation, Dominica.

Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OpenChannels.org).

Go here to register: https://oct.to/OCWebinar90

Get Certified as Technical Service Provider for the Natural Resources Conservation Services

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Two half-day informational workshop rounds (July 11 or 12), will be held in Puerto Rico. This is a fantastic opportunity for engineers, architects, agronomists and other science-degree holders interested in agricultural production to obtain information on how to get certified … Continue reading

Environmental bills being worked in the US Virgin Islands

These bills are currently being worked and you can get thorough information about them.

Bill No. 31-0316 – An Act to amending Title 29 Virgin Islands Code, Chapter 8 adding Subchapter 11 to establish a comprehensive waste reduction, recycling, and composting program in the Virgin Islands.
(Proposed by Senator Neville James by Request of the Governor)
Bill No. 31-0379 – An Act amending Title 29 Virgin Islands Code, Chapter 8 adding Subchapter II to provide for the regulation of plastic bags provided to customers
(Proposed by Senator Neville James by Request of the Governor)

Bill No. 31-0380 – An Act amending Title 19 Virgin Islands Code, Chapter 56 enacting The Virgin Islands Source Separation Act to promote the general health, welfare and safety of the residents of the Virgin Islands, to protect the environment, and to manage the solid waste stream in the Virgin Islands
(Proposed by Senator Neville James by Request of the Governor)

To view the contents and keep track of this proposed legislation, please visit http://www.legvi.org/vilegsearch/ and just fill out the bill number in the box labelled as such for each search.