Going green raises funds

Greening efforts from staff at the British High Commission have resulted in the presentation of a cheque for $800 by Lord Wallace of Tankerness to Principal of the Irving Wilson School, Wilmont Straughn.

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From left, Deputy High Commissioner, Phil Culligan; Lord Wallace; High Commissioner Paul Brummell, Political Officer Gilly Metzgen, and Wilmont Straughn with students from the school.

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 in Collymore Rock.

Lord Wallace is the Advocate General for Scotland and a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords.

Straughn said: “The High Commission 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 mission is reducing its carbon footprint is through the installation of photovoltaic panels on a building at the high commissioner’s official residence. The Barbados Light & 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.

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