The National Trust for the Cayman Islands’ (NTCI) Land Reserve Fund was created to acquire environmental sites that are ecologically significant or are critical habitats for native wildlife, and that provide ecosystem services for the people of the Cayman Islands. The NTCI currently protects 6% of critical habitats, and it aims to acquire 11% of significant environmental habitats across all three islands to preserve Cayman’s unique biodiversity. Land acquired by the NTCI is legally protected in perpetuity for the people of the Cayman Islands.
Climate change is accelerating at an alarming pace and scientists consistently call for urgent action. It’s easy to assume that the responsibility for averting the crisis lies in the hands of policymakers, but in reality, every one of us can make small changes which, added together, have a significant impact. One such change is switching to a more environmentally friendly and sustainable energy source - propane.
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As the Cayman Islands keep pace with global trends and innovations, the growing discourse on ‘Cayman-style’ highlights a concern that what makes these islands uniquely Caymanian is in danger of being lost.
Dr. Carrie Manfrino cuts a diminutive figure, but in the world of coral reef conservation she is a giant. Founder, President and Senior Scientist at Little Cayman’s Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI), she is leading the charge to unlock the secrets of coral reef resilience before time runs out for this most vulnerable and threatened ecosystem.
Integrate houseplants into your interior design by creating living art out of leafy companions. Plant-stylist, Blair Webb Ebanks shares her 'how-to-tips' with us.
When engaged on a new design project the first thing an architect looks at is the optimal orientation of the building on the proposed site location: orientation should take into account sun patterns, natural breeze conditions, privacy concerns and of course the views.
By placing sculptures below the Caribbean Sea, Jason deCaires Taylor has created an otherworldly aquatic museum that is in a state of constant flux.
Water is one of our most basic needs. In this modern age it can be easy to take the water we use every day for granted. In recent times, due to unprecedented droughts, the importance of water conservation has been brought back into focuson a global scale.
The GreenTech Group's portfolio of environmentally conscious businesses is making building and living sustainably in the Cayman Islands an increasingly attainable goal.
James Whittaker, founder and CEO of GreenTech, is a man on a mission. His goal? To make Cayman a model for the Caribbean region of how sustainable building and renewable energy can, and should, be done.
For more than 40 years, Arch and Godfrey has been a trusted name in construction in the Cayman Islands. Now they have used their experience and expertise to create a new 'home' of their own. Located on historic Mary Street in George Town, the renovated Arch and Godfrey: LEEDing the Way in Sustainability. Arch and Godfrey office pays homage to its Caymanian heritage while incorporating the latest technology to ensure a sustainable future.
The reality of building, whether it is a home or business centre, is one that is rife with decisions and choices, many of which will have life-long implications for the inhabitants. Choosing which building material to use, for instance, will affect not only the construction costs now, but also the edifice’s strength, durability and energy efficiency for years to come.
The Cayman Islands boasts some of the most verdant and lush native flora in the Caribbean. Our warm tropical climate and balmy salt breezes give us an exciting mix of delicate flowers, complex bushes like the Rosemary Bush and robust, visually interesting trees like the Sea Grape.
With the high cost of energy in the Cayman Islands finding solutions to offset these costs is a universal desire for consumers. That said, understanding the pros and cons of investing in solar panels for your home or business can be quite a daunting task. As with most things in life, not all solar panels or solar panel providers are created equal and often there are so many unanswered or unknown questions it is difficult for consumers to make an informed decision.
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Although the islands of the Caribbean are particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels and the impact of climate change, 'going green' poses a huge challenge to small nations with limited resources and spending power. Nonetheless, the first green buds of a more sustainable future are starting to emerge.