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Green Eleuthera Gathering (7-8 Feb 2008)
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Posted by:Feb 5th 2008, 05:34:23 pm
Fig Tree News TeamMinisters, Energy Leaders, and NGOs Gather for Freedom 2030 Conference at
Cape Eleuthera Institute

(February 5th, Cape Eleuthera, The Bahamas)—Cape Eleuthera Institute and Cape Systems Ltd. will be hosting a symposium February 7-8, 2008 advocating Freedom 2030, an initiative focused on eliminating Eleuthera’s dependence on oil and advancing a sustainable Eleuthera. Responding to drastic increases in energy prices and issues of climate change, conference attendees will explore ideas and take action in promoting Eleuthera as a self-sufficient energy model for the Caribbean and other similar places throughout the world.

Participants will include the Honorable Lawrence S. Cartwright, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources; Honorable Phenton Neymour, Minister of State for Public Utilities; Honorable Senator Johnley Ferguson, Vice President of the Senate; Earlston McPhee, Ministry Director for Sustainable Tourism Development; Angela Cleare, Consultant to Ministry of Tourism; Jerry Butler, Inter-American Development Bank Executive Director for The Bahamas; Frederik Gottlieb, Chairman, Bahamas Electricity Corporation; Kevin Basden, General Manager, Bahamas Electricity Corporation; Peter Lilienthal, Senior Economist National Renewable Energy Lab; and, representatives from several energy companies.

"We are at a key time in the development of the Bahamian Family Islands," says Jack Kenworthy, president and CEO of Cape Systems. "We have an opportunity to make Eleuthera the standard of sustainable development not only for The Bahamas, but for other coastal communities around the world. By working together with government, scientists, businesses, and NGOs, we can design a plan that will empower Eleuthera to obtain self-sufficiency in energy and fuel production, food production, water resource management, waste management, and materials management over the next 20 years. The environment is a tremendous resource for this country and we must examine alternatives that will improve the well-being of its people and protect the states of all ecosystems.”

The event will commence at the Cape Eleuthera Institute in South Eleuthera on February 7, 2008 and will include remarks and roundtable discussions by distinguished guests. Please contact for more information.


Cape Systems, Ltd. and the Cape Eleuthera Institute are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Cape Eleuthera Island School, a Bahamian non-profit corporation focused on education, outreach, and conservation. Cape Systems, Ltd. is the revenue generating branch of the Cape Eleuthera Island School, and was created to expand the influence of The Island School sustainability model by providing support to environmental and social projects, adding professional capacity, strategic partnerships, and working closely with the business and development communities. The Cape Eleuthera Institute is a marine research facility that works with universities to model sustainable systems and find solutions for resource management. For more information, visit and

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