Green energy in Caribbean discussed at Guyana forum

April 22, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

True to its efforts to preserve the natural and human resources in the Caribbean region, the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s 2012 Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development held its first energy forum last week in Guyana.

The session, part of the CTO’s 13th annual conference, featured experts examining and discussing the region’s many possibilities for utilizing reusable energy sources such as solar, wind and biomass power production.

Panelists included Jennifer Baldwin, an energy and environment Research fellow with Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), Inter-American Development Group; Loreto Duffy-Mayers, project manager of the Caribbean Hotel Energy Efficiency Action Program in Barbados; Tony Fiddy, president of Waste to Energy Division and Naanovo Energy’s regional vice president for Europe and Africa; and Ujjwal Bhattacharjee, energy consultant for Tetra Tech’s Hotel Energy Efficiency Action Program.

Guyana President Donald Ramotar — who reaffirmed a commitment to environmentally sound policies in his nation’s tourism and hospitality sectors — weighed in on the side of green energy, saying it’s in the interest of Guyana and the Caribbean as a whole.

“Let us be very clear that investing in clean energy is not just environmentally responsible but good business because no region offers more long-term prospects in growth for renewable energy than the Caribbean,” said Felicia Persaud, CEO of Hard Beat Communications, a New York-based digital media firm. Through its Invest Now initiative, Hard Beat partnered with the CTO to present the green energy event.

The Guyana conference of seminars, workshops and study tours, held April 14-18, was organized by the CTO in collaboration with the Guyana Tourism Authority. Next year’s Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development will be hosted by Trinidad and Tobago.

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See hear Jamaica’s PM in N.Y.C.

Jamaica Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller will personally give updates on her nation’s policies and projects at a free community forum in Brooklyn Wednesdayat the Lenox Road Baptist Church, 1356 Nostrand Ave. ( between Lenox Road and Linden Blvd.), at 6 p.m.
For information, call the Jamaica Consulate in New York at (212) 935-9000.

Trust Golden Krust

The head of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery Grill wants to make it clear he runs a clean operation — with close to 90 percent of his franchise’s New York City eateries achieving an “A” letter grade from the city’s Department of Health.

“Customers can rest assured that we take their health and safety very seriously,” said Lowell Hawthorne, president and CEO of the America’s largest Caribbean franchise chain, responding to an April 18 Daily News article mentioning that a number of eateries — including Golden Krust franchises — had been closed for health violations. Golden Krust, which has 68 locations in the city, was mentioned in the article as having the third most number of closings according to the Health Department.

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