The V.I. Waste Management Authority has encountered numerous challenges in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria, which generated nearly three times as much waste as the territory typically generates in a year, Executive Director Roger Merritt Jr. said on Thursday.
The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority plans to offset 60 to 80 percent of generation through renewable energy resources within the next three to five years, bringing the utility in compliance with the law.
The Waste Management Authority board on Tuesday jumped right into solving an issue that has been plaguing it for years – debt to vendors. The issue was able to be addressed because the V.I. Senate recently set aside $15 million for the purpose.
Although Senators' main action at Thursday’s Finance Committee hearing was to advance a bill appropriating $15 million to the Waste Management Authority for outstanding debts to waste haulers, lawmakers also took the time to address the public about keeping the U.S. Virgin Islands clean.
The U.S. Virgin Islands has struggled with tire disposal for over a decade, with countless reports of discarded tires showing up in mangroves, tucked into lush island vegetation and piled high in back streets.
All Saints Cathedral School is the first in the territory to be given a water refill station, along with a personal reusable water bottle for every student, a project that has been in the making for over two years.
Tucked into a conference room at The Ritz-Carlton on St. Thomas, more than 50 students came together to find innovative solutions to a large problem in the Virgin Islands: What to do with the territory’s waste.
Employees of the V.I. Waste Management Authority who work with dangerous chemicals are not eligible for hazardous retirement benefits because of an action that should have been taken 10 years ago but was not.
The VI Wise Sustainable Roof Project is the brainchild of Kimberly Shumaker, who started it shortly after Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated homes across the territory, leaving many without proper roofs.
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