Working Towards a Greener and Healthier British Virgin Islands and the Benefits of Sustainable Living with Clean, Renewable Energy

July 27, 2011
Hosted by Rob Moir

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Episode Description

Charlotte McDevitt, Executive Director of, is working towards a vision of a green, clean, healthy and prosperous British Virgin Islands. Since 1995 trash on Tortola has surged from less than 10,000 tons to close to 40,000 tons. Charlotte explains why due to the nature of Tortola they must burn trash and what is being done to reverse that trend. Twice a year for a few days the incinerator has to be shut down so that people could scrape off the internal walls melted glass. Charlotte explains how with the help of businesses, Islanders are rallying to recycle and reuse glass. This includes a method that is saving the coral reefs and mangrove shores. See a video of their glass studio at BVI was awarded UNESCO funding for Environmental Education that emphasizes Sustainability. Be inspired by what an island community is doing with very limited resources to reduce their pollution and carbon footprints.

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Rob Moir

Rob Moir is director and founder of the Ocean River Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Moir, an educator and scientist, has been a leader of citizen science and efforts to clean up Salem Sound and Boston Harbor, as founder of Salem Sound Harbor Monitors & Salem Sound 2000, later president of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, and through his appointment by the Secretary of Interior to the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership. He was formerly Curator of Natural History at the Peabody Essex Museum, Curator of Education at the New England Aquarium and Executive Director of the Discovery Museums in Acton, MA. Dr. Moir was awarded a Switzer Environmental Fellowship from the Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation, and the James Centorino Award for Distinguished Performance in Marine Education by the National Marine Educators Association, which he later served as president. He was Sea Education Association’s first assistant scientist to work consecutive voyages of the R.V. Westward in 1979 and 1980, an advancement officer for his alma mater, Hampshire College and serves today on the boards of his alma mater, Cambridge School of Weston, Ocean Champions, and the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters. Dr. Moir has a Ph.D. in Environmental Studies and a Masters of Science and Teaching from Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, NH and certificate of studies from the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole.

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