Island Green Living Association

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We are a non-profit serving the community of St. John in the US Virgin Islands. These tiny islands are facing some BIG environmental problems and with little to no support and prioritization from the local government, Island Green was formed to help address the issues facing our island. Founded as Island Green Building Association in 2004 to promote and educate sustainable, thoughtful and low impact housing design and construction during the villa construction boom of the 2000s. Later, we changed our name to Island Green Living Association to encompass all aspects of "green" living. We operate a ReSource Depot in which we accept donations of salvaged construction material, tools, household goods, appliances and furniture and sell them back to the community at a discounted rate. We are 1 of 3 similar facilities in the Territory and the only one on St. John. To date we have diverted 300,000 lbs of resources from entering the landfills. We also process aluminum for recycling and sold our first load to recyclers in Puerto Rico last May. We are working to expand the material we accept for recycling to include glass, plastic, cardboard and used cooking oil to make bio diesel. We are in the early phases of a community-wide composting program with phase I being brush chipping of vegetative waste. Earlier this year we helped to write the bill and get passed the legislation that banned oxybenzone, octocrylene and octinoxate, chemicals known to be toxic to human and coral health, banned from being imported and distributed in the Territory. Other initiatives include green education and waste/storm water management. It is our mission to be a model for both our local community and for those of our sister islands: St. Thomas and St. Croix. Our mission is Transform the United States Virgin Islands into a net zero waste, carbon-neutral territory in order to protect the environment and ensure the health, welfare and economic security of the islands and its people.
Primary Issue
Food
Secondary Issue
Climate Change
Address
5000 Estate Enighed #38
St. John, null 00830
Virgin Islands
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