SERIOUS ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY
With the assistance of two Barbados-based Bentley alumni — Clinton Gittens MBA ’03 and Nanda Neng ’04 — Noga and Brown organized on-site visits with almost a dozen native companies. Along with established monetary establishments just like the Barbados Inventory Trade, CIBC First Caribbean and the Central Financial institution of Barbados, college students met with smaller companies whose sustainability methods are already making a distinction on the island.
Amongst them is Williams Industries, Inc., a conglomerate with diversified holdings all through the Caribbean, together with waste recycling, water desalination, and photo voltaic and wind power ventures. Based by Ralph “Bizzy” Williams — an eco-conscious entrepreneur who invented a solar-powered catamaran and helped the Barbados Transport Board convert their total bus fleet from diesel to electrical energy — the corporate “is among the explanation why Barbados is main the way in which,” in regional sustainability efforts, Noga says.
College students additionally met with the homeowners of Coco Hill Forest, Walkers Reserve and PEG Farm and Nature Reserve, three completely different ecotourism enterprises that share a typical purpose of growing and sustaining the island’s biodiversity. As Molly Connors MBA ’22 explains, British colonization took an enormous toll on Bajan agriculture. “Monocropping from the sugar cane business badly degraded the soil, to the extent that Barbados is now compelled to import roughly 85% of its meals.”
All three organizations are working to revive the island’s ecological well being and eradicate meals insecurity. Agroforestry efforts at Coco Hill, for instance, have reintroduced or preserved greater than 80 forms of fruit timber, spice crops and medicinal herbs, whereas the 277-acre farmlands of Walkers Reserve help a wide range of natural meals crops, together with bananas, pineapples, and cashews. These efforts are funded by way of the character walks, guided hikes and different ecotourism actions provided at every website.