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Cape Eleuthera Institute’s 2010 Sustainability Conference

February 19-21

If you are interested in attending CEI’s 2010 sustainability conference or would like more information, please email conference@ceibahamas.org.

About Cape Eleuthera Institute

The Cape Eleuthera Institute is a marine research facility that works with universities to model sustainable systems and find solutions for resource management.  The Island School is a three-month semester leadership program for high school students.  Participants have come from over 300 schools to study the tropical marine environment and take place-based courses in math, history, English, and art. For more information visit www.ceibahamas.org and www.islandschool.org. Both programs receive support from the Cape Eleuthera Foundation.

 

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Christine Todd Whitman


Former New Jersey Governor and administer of the EPA will be keynote speaker at Cape Eleuthera Institute’s conference on small island sustainability.

Eleuthera, Bahamas – Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI) is pleased to announce that Christine Todd Whitman, former Governor of New Jersey and administer of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 2001-2003, will serve as the keynote speaker at CEI’s 2010 sustainability conference.  The conference, taking place February 19th-21st, will be the second in the Institute’s series following 2008’s Freedom 2030 conference on sustainable energy.  This upcoming conference will think beyond energy as it relates to sustainable tourism, to consider other basic needs like food, clean water, and waste processing which often present solutions that are more accessible and less costly. 

In her keynote address, Whitman will speak on confronting development challenges ahead through partnerships and innovative policy.  The Bahamas is poised to move towards a more sustainable future as the Ministry of the Environment and the Bahamas Electricity Corporation are currently finalizing a short list of alternative energy proposals.  Governor Whitman’s experience in building public-private partnerships is key for small islands in the Caribbean.

“We are confident Governor Whitman’s insights will stimulate new ideas among attending policymakers, business leaders, researchers, and resort developers,” said Karla Cosgriff, managing director of CEI.  “Out of this conference we hope to share some of the successful models we’ve developed here at CEI and The Island School and to issue an action plan to stimulate what is needed to make a green, sustainable Eleuthera attainable.  This kind of plan can bring worldwide attention to The Bahamas.”




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