Archive for March, 2015

Jamaica moving towards a Greener Economy

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

The Government of Jamaica, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UWI Consulting Inc., and with financial support from the European Union, hosted the 2nd Caribbean Green Economy Conference on February 23-24, 2015 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica.

The Conference provided a platform for in-depth and interactive discussions regarding policies, innovations and best practices as it relates to the green economy, with a view towards helping Caribbean states implement the SAMOA Pathway.

Presenting at the Conference, Jamaica’s Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, The Honourable  Robert Pickersgill, told the audience of the progrees made towards adopting greener measures in the the Jamaican economy.

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Poster Competition Winners Declared

Friday, March 6th, 2015

For the first time, the Scientific Research Council (SRC) partnered with the University of the West Indies, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)  and  UWI Consulting Inc. to host the 29th staging of the annual SRC Poster Competition.

This year’s competition realized 65 entries from across the island. Of the 65 entries, 44 were from high schools, while 21 came from primary/preparatory schools, which is consistent with the ratio seen over the years.

As in previous years, this year’s competition was designed to create an avenue for students to express themselves artistically on topical issues, while becoming more scientifically literate through research on the themes of the competition. This year’s competition was focused on the topical issue of the ‘Green Economy’.

The theme was further broken down in the following sub-themes:

  • Energy and the Green Economy,
  • Construction and the Green Economy,
  • Water Conservation and the Green Economy,
  • Tourism and the Green Economy and
  • Agriculture and the Green Economy.

All sub-themes were relevant to the Jamaican and Caribbean context, allowing students to reflect on the effect of their everyday life on the environment.

The winners of this year’s competition are:

Primary Category
1. Jada Grey – Stella Maris Prep
2. Jay-Dan Chalmers – Cornaldi Avenue Primary
3. Paula-Kay Davis – Cornaldi Avenue Primary
4. Carla Williams – Cornaldi Avenue Primary
5. Jasanaa Thompson – Stella Maris Prep
6. Carla Williams – Cornaldi Avenue Primary

Secondary Category

1. Lerone Powell – Kemps Hill High
2. Marlon Palmer – May Day High
3. Jason Dawson – Wolmers Boys’
4. Ryan Scott – Wolmers Boys’
5. Mishka Chung – Westwood High
6. Coreen Norman –  Montego Bay High