EPA Honors U.S. Virgin Islands Environmental Leaders
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“Change that will create a healthier and more sustainable future begins with people like those the EPA is honoring today,” said Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “They give of themselves and set a high bar in their actions to protect public health and the environment.”
Beyond Visions Foundation
Beyond Visions Foundation has made environmental education, awareness, advocacy and stewardship its mission since 1997. Its efforts across the U.S. Virgin Islands have helped a diverse range of communities by providing youth education and community assessment programs as well as health awareness initiatives. In 2011, one of its peer-led programs, “The Nature Explorers Club,” visited marine areas in St. Croix that are designated areas of concern. Participants in the program learned about the environmental and ecological importance of natural resources, and ultimately produced a short video about their experiences. Beyond Visions is also highly active in promoting environmental justice in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Island Green Building Association
Island Green Building Association created the first and only Residential Tropical Green Building Certification program designed specifically to promote the development of sustainable tropical architecture and environmental preservation on St. John, U.S. VI. In 2012, the association established the Resource Depot on St. John to promote the reuse and recycling of unused construction materials to reduce the amount of construction materials going into the Virgin Island’s waste stream. The association also conducts monthly public environmental education meetings on topics that include municipal composting, solar power and recycling.
For more details, visit: http://www.epa.gov/region02/eqa