Cayman just got a little greener this past weekend when more than 150 members of the community came out on Saturday for the Global Green Caribbean dinner event held at the Westin.
The group’s goal was to bring the interested and the curious together to raise awareness, and initiate dialogue, about Cayman’s environmental issues. First on the agenda for Global Green is raising funds for the construction of Grand Cayman’s first recycling facility.
‘We are really happy that so many people were able to attend, and I think it was a great opportunity for us to start discussions with a range of groups interested in environmental issues in Cayman,’ said Global Green’s Krista Patterson.
The evening featured music by singer Adrienne Frantz and local jazz band Triple Play, and was emceed by actress Annie Wood.
Other special guests included Jason Chambers, host of the Discovery channel series Human Weapon and formerly Kyle from As the World Turns; Kamar de los Reyes, well known by daytime soap opera lovers as Antonio Vega on One Life to Live; Adrienne Frantz from the Bold and the Beautiful; and Sherri Saum, formerly of Sunset Beach, who now plays the role of Natalie on Rescue Me.
Guests welcomed the opportunity to meet and take photos with the actors, a rare chance that brought more than one shy smile to light.
Throughout the evening, representatives of a number of local companies also discussed some of the ways their organizations are moving towards greener practices.
Speaker Michelle Montague chairs the seven-member Deloitte Going Green committee.
‘We were at a brainstorming session in May and we decided to make a move to more environmental practices, and this committee evolved out of it when we decided the best way to proceed was within our own organization first,’ says Ms Montague.
At the gala, Ms Montague outlined some of the steps the committee is set to spearhead within the company to reduce waste, cut energy use and reduce the company’s local carbon footprint over the next few years.
Attendees also heard from Advance Automotive. The company is working to bring a range of alternative fuel and low-emissions vehicles to the Cayman Islands, including Grand Cayman’s eight new high-performance police cars.
Global Green also received a surprise announcement from Phoenix Group’s Peter Kosa, who said Phoenix’s Lend a Hand programme is set to assist in getting the recycling centre built.
‘Through this voluntary programme that a large percentage of our staff participate in on their own time, we hope we will be able to help Global Green get to the point where they can commence the planning approval process,’ says Mr. Kosa.
He said if all goes well, the company is hopeful they may also participate in the later project stages as well.
Though the gala did not raise much money, the group hopes their plans will now be heard by a wider audience, boosting their efforts to raise around $600,000 for a two-acre property on which to house the recycling facility.