July 25, 2016
The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) will be continuing its drive to encourage Jamaicans to adopt more responsible waste management practices when it opens its model green home to the public at Denbigh 2016.
The exhibition will focus on the theme: 'Waste reduction, a pathway to sustainable living'.
Dionne Rose, Manager of NEPA’s Public Education and Corporate Communication Branch said the home will feature 1800 square feet of floor space showcasing practical examples that householders can go green in each room.
“The display will demonstrate how patrons can implement energy saving, alternative energy and waste management solutions at home. Visitors and patrons who need practical tips on how to go green and save money are invited to visit the NEPA booth at Denbigh,” said Rose.
The initiative is supported by public and private sector partners who have signed on to be part of NEPA’s green home Denbigh display. One of the private sector partners is Appliance Traders Limited (ATL).
Tonya Russell, Marketing Manager at ATL said her organization is dedicated to ‘green’ initiatives and was happy to be partnering with NEPA to help educate consumers on energy conservation. Miss Russell said ATL will be featuring its Eco-Smart Lineup.
“These are energy efficient appliances proven to save customers as much as 65 per cent of their energy costs without sacrificing performance, features and comfort. From inverter air conditioners to Photo Voltaic solar panels, we are prepared to help Jamaicans make the all-important savings switch to go green and save,” she said.
Other partners include the Urban Development Corporation, Water Resources Authority, the National Solid Waste Management Authority and the Hope Zoo. The Hope Zoo will have endemic animals such as the American Crocodile on display, which patrons will be able to see in the ‘backyard’ of the model home.
NEPA through the IDB Yallahs Hope River Watershed Project will be demonstrating the proper techniques for planting on hillsides and will be disseminating information on how to create and maintain a backyard garden. Members of the public will be invited to participate in practical planting exercises and will be rewarded for their efforts with spot prizes.
The special display forms part of NEPA’s yearlong 15th anniversary celebrations.