Greening Efforts At The British High Commission Raise Funds And Reduce Carbon Footprint

British High Commission

BRIDGETOWN (BHC) — Greening efforts from staff at the British High Commission (BHC) in Barbados have resulted in the presentation of a cheque for $800 by Lord Wallace of Tankerness to a local school for children with hearing and visual disabilities.

Funds were raised from the sale of recycled materials – plastics, metals, glass, paper, board and batteries – which came from the office and were also brought by staff members to a central collection point at the BHC.

Lord Wallace is the Advocate General for Scotland and a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords and is visiting the Eastern Caribbean to discuss constitutional matters.

Mr Wilmont Straughn, Principal of the Irving Wilson School,  said, “The High Commission here in Barbados chose to support the Irving Wilson School over the last two years, and we are very happy to continue to receive funds and goods in kind from the staff.”

Another way in which the BHC is reducing its carbon footprint is through the installation of photovoltaic (PV) panels on a building at the High Commissioner’s official residence.  The Barbados Light and Power Company’s subsidiary responsible for renewable energy was contracted to install 22 PV panels which, in reducing the monthly electricity bill, will decrease the fuel needed to generate the mains supply.  The High Commission has recently passed the requirements for the Green Business Award and been re-approved as a Green Business by the Future Centre Trust, an environmental NGO in Barbados.

A video showing the High Commission’s ‘greening’ work can be seen on You Tube at