St. John Tradewinds News

IGLA Invites the Public to Sustainability Think Tank of St. John

ST. JOHN, USVI – An incredible panel of environmental thought leaders will share their insights on sustainability, recycling and responsible waste management as part of Island Green Living Association’s (IGLA) Sustainability Think Tank on Tuesday, November 29 at 5 pm at the Westin St. John Resort and Spa’s Coral Room.
The panel discussion will take place prior to IGLA’s board meeting. Both are open to the public and the community is encouraged to attend.
Successful implementation of the governor’s recycling bills including the plastic bag ban, source separation and container deposit legislation will depend greatly on the understanding and cooperation of residents.
Susan Collins, president of the Container Recycling Institute, Mark Lichtenstein, chief of staff and executive director of sustainability at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), and the new executive director of Virgin Islands Waste Management, Roger Merritt, will be presenting.
To learn more about the speakers at tomorrow night’s event, visit Island Green Living Association’s Facebook page.
IGLA President Harith Wickrema will be moderating the panel. Wickrema was among the co-authors of the bills and Collins and Lichtenstein provided expert input on testimony.
“Sustainability is among the most important issues of our time and education is paramount to success,” said Wickrema. “These inspiring thought leaders bring a wealth of intellectual capital and passion and we are honored to have their participation.”
For more information on the event and IGLA in general, please contact info@islandgreenliving.org or 215-620-8809.
About IGLA:
The Island Green Living Association (IGLA) is an organization dedicated to preservation, conservation and environmental responsibility on St. John and throughout the USVI. Among its many accomplishments, IGLA established the island’s ReSource Depot, which has allowed 225,000 lbs. of building materials to be repurposed/reused to date, items that would have otherwise gone to the dump. The organization has been instrumental in helping to craft recycling legislation currently being reviewed by congress. In 2015 IGLA launched the Preserve St. John initiative to combat recycling issues on the island, starting with aluminum and is working with DOE on sustainability curriculum in schools.www.iglavi.org
 
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