Intrinsic to this mission is inspiring a culture of change within the islands, empowering and engaging the public and our visitors through education, reinforcement and recognition. Responsible living should become second nature. Island Green will implement the following initiatives:
Practice: Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
St. John has considerable attributes that provide a solid foundation for becoming among the world’s greenest islands. Beginning with smoke free beaches, the island will progress towards an eco-destination by becoming free of plastic water bottles, plastic straws, single use plastic shopping bags, Styrofoam, and other products that harm the ecosystem. St. John shall become a plastic free island before achieving the ultimate goal of producing zero waste. This would not only be beneficial to our residents and the earth in general, but also to our economy. A Greenest Island designation can have valuable economic impact in terms of tourism. Conversely, if we continue on the current path, the consequences to the health and well-being of our citizens – including our economy – could be dire since tourism, our most important industry, will wane. Trash disposal has long been a major issue that threaten St. John’s fragile eco systems. We hope on day soon to become a plastic-free island, and are already making steps towards this goal, with the passing of our Plastic Bag Ban.
Our proposed initiatives focus on rethinking, reducing, reusing, recycling, along with upcycling. If we are able to reduce the amount of garbage transported to St. Thomas’ landfill, it will help in complying with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) closure mandate. It will also save significant dollars in barge transportation fees. We are excited about not only reducing our carbon footprint, but also setting an example and offering a blueprint for other islands and communities around the globe.