The Barbados Management and Productivity Institute (BIMAP) has embarked on a greening project to halve its dependence on electricity generated from fossil fuels within two years.
The project also aims to reduce the wastage of drinking water for purposes other than consumption within 24 months, which saves BIMAP eight cubic meters or 2,013.4 gallons of drinking water per month.
BIMAP is also becoming a paperless campus as it launches into an e-learning platform that will enable online or blended course delivery as well as online registration and payment, reducing the need to print countless sheets of paper, he said.
As the project kicked off on BIMAP’s Wildey campus on Friday, International Trade and Industry Minister Ronald Toppin praised his efforts to help the country pursue its own goal of becoming a fossil-fuel-free economy here. 2030.
Toppin said: “Nationally, I have noted with great interest that BIMAP and the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology have agreed to explore possibilities for collaboration in areas of mutual interest; including BIMAP embarking on the integration of greening and renewable energy programs, as well as in the field of training. This partnership speaks volumes about the synergies that have occurred between government and private training institutions, because collectively we all aspire to a common goal.
Toppin said the project is also timely in the context of repeated national, regional and international calls for countries “at risk” of severe climate change impacts, such as Barbados, to rally together to tackle the phenomenon. and its adverse effects, and to tackle countries’ dependence on fossil fuels and non-renewable resources, in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Like many small island developing states, Barbados has many inherent economic, social and environmental vulnerabilities, including vulnerability to natural disasters, climate crisis and other extreme events, small population, limited land base and natural resources and being a small open economy, the minister said.
He said these precarious realities, if further undermined, will undermine not only the gains that have been made in the past, but also the sustainable development goals of the future.
BIMAP president John Rocheford said the business school has regularly implemented changes aimed at greening the campus.
Rocheford explained that there has been a significant reduction in the use of paper and ink, with the introduction of the e-learning platform, while LED lights replace incandescent bulbs and Plumbing fittings are replaced with more efficient and water efficient fixtures. devices and water tanks have also been installed on the complex.
The president said that the SJPI will provide the opportunity to train two young women and a man with the supplier of photovoltaic panels, Solar Watt Systems Inc.
Rocheford said: “BIMAP recognizes that the gender ratio in this field is skewed at the moment and that it is important to encourage more women to pursue careers in this field. In addition to integrating greening aspects into the curriculum of the various course offerings, where appropriate, the institute will also undertake a public awareness program, to encourage behavior change in other organizations and individuals and to learn lessons from the implementation of the various aspects of the project.
“Several aspects of greening and renewable energy will now be included as modules in lessons and our social media pages will highlight the importance of switching to alternative and renewable energy sources. “ (Ah)