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Greenrock2015AnnualReport

TableofContents
AMessagefromtheExecutiveDirector
OurMissionandVision
CurrentProjects
EcoSchools
20142015schoolyear:
20152016schoolyear:
WaterExplorer
GreenBuildingForumandGreenrockCorporateSupporters
EarthHour
HydrationStations
OtherProjects
SavingsforSeniors
Advocacy
Energy
ClimateChange
Governance
GreenrockCouncil
Communications
OurSupporters

AMessagefromtheExecutiveDirector
DearFriendsofGreenrock,
2015wasayearofchangeforGreenrock,butwecontinuedtodevelop
anddeliverqualityprogrammesandprojects.
Therecanbenodenying
thatthecharitysector,of
whichGreenrockisa
member,continuesto
experiencechallenging
times,ashaslargelybeen
thecasesincethe2008EconomicCrisis.Despite
thesechallenges,Greenrockhasexpandedour
programmesinschoolsandcontinuedtoengage
thecommunitytosharesolutionsforasustainable
Bermuda.
Akeyfocusofthepastyearhasbeenthecontinued
growthofourflagship
EcoSchools
programme.
Thisprogrammehasbeenlaudedforitscontribution
totheeducationcommunityandBermudas
schoolchildren.InJune2015weheldthefirst
EcoSchoolsAwardCeremony,sponsoredby
HSBC,wherewerecognisedtwoschoolsasGreenFlagschools:SomersfieldAcademyand
SteppingStonesNursery&Preschool.EightotherschoolsachievedGreenSeedAwardsfor
completinganEcoSchoolpathwayandmostoftheseareontheirwaytoGreenFlagsinthe
currentschoolyear.ThisyearalsosawourinvolvementastheBermudadeliverypartnerinthe
international
WaterExplorer
programme,fundedbytheHSBCGlobalWaterProgramme.
Anotherkeyaccomplishmentof2015wasasuccessful
EarthHour
celebration,includinga
record500participantsintheEarthHourGlowFunWalk&Run.
AttheParisclimateconference(COP21)inDecember2015,195countriesadoptedthe
firsteveruniversal,legallybindingglobalclimatedeal.Theagreement,knownastheParis
Agreement,setsoutaglobalactionplantoputtheworldontracktoavoiddangerousclimate
changebylimitingglobalwarmingtowellbelow2C.Theagreementpotentiallymarksaturning
pointinglobaleffortstotacklehumaninducedclimatechange.Insupportoftheagreementand
toraisethelevelofdebateinBermuda,Greenrockorganisedasuccessful
ClimateChange
Rally
atCityHall,attendedbymanyoftheotherEnvironmentalorganizationsinBermuda.

In2015wesuccessfullyevolvedourcharitablestructurefromanunincorporatedassociationto
acompanylimitedbyguaranteewithanelectedvolunteerBoardofDirectorsandapaid
ExecutiveDirector.Thisprocesshasnotbeenwithoutitschallenges,asboththenewly
constitutedBoardandtheExecutiveDirectorhaveadjustedtotheirnewroles.However,the
timingofthischangeturnedouttobefortuitous,asitnotonlyhasresultedinbetterfiduciary
oversight,butitalsoputusinastrongpositiontocomplywiththeadditionaldemandsofthe
newCharitiesAct.Wenowhaveasolidfoundationonwhichtobuildforthefuture.
Aswelooktotheyearahead,weareexcitedtocontinueexpandingandimprovingour
EcoSchoolsprogrammewhilealsolookingatintroducingadditionalFoundationfor
EnvironmentalEducation(FEE)programmes,suchastheBlueFlagprogramme(certifying
beachesandmarinasassustainable)ortheGreenKeyprogramme(certifyingsustainable
tourism).Greenrockwillalsoincreasinglybetakingtheleadroleonclimatechangeissuesin
Bermuda.
AsGreenrocksExecutiveDirector,Iwouldliketo
takethisopportunitytothankallofourfriendsfor
theirsupportoverthe12yearssinceourformation
in2004.Wecouldntdowhatwedowithoutit.
2016isaleapyear,sointhatspiritIwouldalso
liketoissueacalltoactionandinviteyoutotake
anactiveroleinhelpingusleapforwardthisyear.
IfyourenotacurrentmemberofGreenrock,
pleasejoinusandgetinvolvedifyoureonsocial
media,pleaselikeusonFacebookorfollowuson
Twitterifyoureable,pleasevolunteerordonateto
ourChangingtheMindsetfundtohelpuscontinueourexcellentprogrammesandadvocacy
work.

Jonathan Starling
ExecutiveDirector
Greenrock

OurMissionandVision

CurrentProjects
EcoSchools
GreenrocksEcoSchoolsprogrammeevolvedoutofoursuccessfulpilotGreen
SchoolProgrammewithElliotPrimarySchool,andtheSchoolRoadshow,
deliveredbyEugeneDean.Basedonthiswork,inOctober2013Greenrock
washonouredtoberecognisedastheexclusiveBermudarepresentativefor
theFoundationforEnvironmentalEducation(FEE).
GreenrockspartnershipwithFEEallowsustodeliverFEEsinternationally
acclaimedEcoSchoolsprogramme,whichwepilotedinthe2013/14School
year,andlaunchedformallyinBermudainSeptember2014.TheEcoSchoolsprogrammeis
recognisedbytheUnitedNationsasamodelinitiativeforeducationinsustainabledevelopment,
andiscurrentlydeliveredinover48,000schoolsin58countries.ThestrengthoftheGreenrock
EcoSchoolsprogrammeisourpartnershipwithotherBermudaorganizations,whousetheir
expertisetosupport8differentprojectoptions,referredtoaspathways.TheEcoSchools
programmeismanagedbyAbbieCaldas,ourGreenrockSchoolsProgrammeManager,
supportedbyOmariDill,ourSchoolsGreenspaceCoordinator.AtthestartoftheGreenrock
EcoSchoolsprogrammeAbbieworkedparttime,butwiththegrowthoftheprogramme,Abbie
movedtoafulltimeroleinthesummerof2015.Thisistestamenttothesuccessofthe
programme,andtheinterestfromBermudaschools,butputsadditionalfundraisingpressure
ontheorganizationtosupportthisrole.

The8projects,referredtoaspathways,thatEcoCommitteescanchoosefrom:

20142015schoolyear:
Inthe20142015schoolyeartenschoolsparticipatedinthe
programme,choosingfiveoftheeightpathways.Theprogrammewas
embracedenthusiasticallybytheschoolswiththenumberof
participantsmorethantriplingcomparedwiththepreviousyear,inall,
morethan270studentsandadultsbecamemembersofSchoolEco
Committees.
Bytheendoftheyear,twoschools(SomersfieldAcademyshownin
photoandSteppingStonesNursery&Preschool)wereawarded
GreenFlagsGreenFlagsrepresenttheinternationalaccreditation
earnedafteraschoolsuccessfullycompletestwopathways.
Additionally,fourschoolsattainedGreenSeedawards,whichmark
thecompletionoftheirfirstpathway.Theseawardswererecognised
inourfirsteverEcoSchoolsAwardsCeremony,heldatBUEIonJune
19th2015.
TheEcoSchoolprogrammeemphasizesmeasuringtheimpactof
initiatives.Highlightsoftheyearincluded:

Oneschoolsaving$1,700inonemonthonenergybills
Oneschoolincreasingtheconsumptionoffruitandvegetables
assnacksby130%,whilealsoreducingwasteby50%

20152016schoolyear:
DuringthepilotphaseoftheEcoSchoolprogrammeitwasclearthattheSchoolsneededeasy
accesstoBermudaspecificinformation,soaftermuchhardworktheGreenrockEcoSchools
Handbookwaslaunchedatthestartofthe2015/2016schoolyear.Thisisanimportant
resourceasthenumberofschoolscontinuestogrowthe20152016schoolyearsaw15
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schoolsregisteredwiththeprogramme,andalmost500schoolcommunitymembersinvolvedin
EcoCommitteesthroughoutBermuda.
InNovember2015,weorganisedaStudentNetworkingConference,hostedatSomersfield
Academy,whereweengagedrepresentativesfromnineparticipatingschoolstoconnectwith
theirpeers,shareadviceandidentifyapproachestochallenges.
WearelookingforwardtotheawardofadditionalGreenFlagsand
GreenSeedsduringtheschoolyear.
Whilethedeliveryoftheprogrammecontinuestomature,wealso
wanttomonitoroverallimpactoftheprogramme.Inordertodo
this,AbbieCaldashasdevelopedapreandpostsurveyto
measurethreeaspectsoftheprogrammesimpact,namely
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centuryskillsandschool
engagement.Weaimtosurvey100studentsbytheendofthe
20152016schoolyear,andthiswillhelpuscontinuetoimprove
thishighimpactprogramme.
Wealsorecognizetheimportanceofdevelopingtheskillsofour
ownstaff,soinNovember2015ourSchoolsProgrammeManager
attendedtheannualEcoSchoolsConference,heldthisyearinthe
NorthernIreland.Duringtheconference,internationaldelegates
sharedbestpracticeanddiscussedthesupportanddevelopment
ofEcoSchools.Abbieleveragedthisopportunitytointroducethe
WaterExplorerprogrammetotheEcoSchoolscommunity.

WaterExplorer
TheWaterExplorerprogramme,isafun,inspiringandeducational
onlineinitiativetoengageschoolsin11countriesinunderstanding
howwateraffectslives,andintakingpracticalactiontoprotectand
savewaterinschoolcommunities.Theprogrammeisfundedbythe
HSBCGlobalWaterProgramme.
GreenrocksEcoSchoolsprogrammeisfundedinpartbyHSBC,andasaresultofthis
relationship,in2014GreenrockwasinvitedtobetheirBermudadeliverypartnerfortheWater
Explorerprogramme,andChrisBackebergandTaraCassidywereengagedasconsultantsto
delivertheprogramme.Theprogrammecanberunasastandaloneprogramme,butalso
integrateswellintoourEcoSchoolsprogramme,whereitenrichesseveralofthepathways,orit
canbeadoptedasawaterconservationpathway.

Forthe20142015schoolyear,theprogrammeengagedeightschools,with343students
attendingworkshops,377studentswereactiveintheprogrammeand21waterchallengeswere
completed.Theprogrammedidexperiencesomechallenges,includingalatelaunchbyGAP
UK,difficultiesusingthewebsite,whichisanimportanttoolfortheprogramme,andtheschools
requiringmoresupporttoruntheprogrammethanweanticipated.Greenrockalsoexperienced
significantstaffturnoverfortheprogrammein2015.However,areviewwasconductedin
October2015,andanewapproachproposedtoGAPUKandHSBCGlobal.
FromNovember2015theWaterExplorerProgrammehasbeenfullyintegratedwithinour
EcoSchoolsprogramme,andAbbieCaldasmanagerialresponsibilityexpandedtoincludeboth
theEcoSchoolsandWaterExplorerprogrammes.

GreenBuildingForumandGreenrockCorporateSupporters
TheGreenBuildingForum(GBF),ledbyBryanAdams,continuedtomeetthroughout2015and
providedavaluableresourceforthoseinvolved.
WhileprimarilyaforumforourCorporateSupporters1,theforumalsoinvolvesrepresentatives
fromvariousGovernmentDepartments(namelyEnergy,SustainableDevelopmentandWaste
Management).Thisallowstheforumauniqueabilitytoshareinformationandidentifyboth
challengesandsolutionstorealisingmoresustainableworkplacesandbusinesspracticesin
Bermuda.
Meetingsareheldeverytwomonths,with
asummerbreak,andgenerallyconsistof
apresentationonaparticulartheme
followedbyaroundtablediscussionto
introduceandshareideas.Thetopics
underdiscussionin2015werefocused
onenergyconservation,energypolicy,
andhowratesaresetbuteverymeeting
alsoprovidedtheopportunityforGBF
memberstoshareideasformore
sustainableworkplaces.
Attheendof2015weonceagainasked
forsubmissionsforourbiannualGreen
WorkplaceAwards.WinnerstoberecognisedatthefirstGreenBuildingForumof2016.

InrecognitionofthefactthatGreenrockCorporateMembershipisnonvoting,andtobetterrecognizetheirrole,theGreenrock
BoardchangedthenametoGreenrockCorporateSupporters.
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EarthHour
GreenrockhasorganisedEarthHourinBermudasince2008,
andhascontinuedtobuildonitssuccessovertheyears.Not
onlydoesthiseventrepresentauniquefundraisingopportunity
forGreenrock,italsoservesasavaluablecommunity
engagementevent,remindingBermudaresidentsthatpeopleall
overtheworldcareaboutthepossibleimpactofclimatechange.
TheEarthHourCouncilonceagainbroughttogetherlongtime
Greenrockpartners:theCityofHamilton,BELCO,the
DepartmentofSustainableDevelopmentandtheDepartmentof
Energy,in2015joinedbytheChamberofCommerce,and
numerousvolunteers.Thisteamworkedtonotonlyputona
greatevent,buttoremindBermudaresidentsoftheimportance
ofenergyconservationthroughouttheyear.
TheEarthHoureventonMarch21st2015washeldattheWaterfrontPropertiesoffPittsBay
Road.EdChristopheractedastheMasterofCeremonies,withspeechesfromMinisterJeanne
Atherden,ShadowMinisterWaltonBrown,WillCoxfromWaterfrontProperties,EarthHour
CouncilChairEugeneDean,andGreenrockDirectorDrJudithLandsberg.Anincreasing
numberofpropertiesintheCityandthroughoutBermudaturnedouttheirlightsforEarthHour
itself:8:30to9:30pm,toshowsolidaritywiththecause.
ThenewlocationprovedtobeagreatsuccesswiththeWaterfrontforecourtsportingafestival
atmosphere,WaterfrontPropertiesprovidingfreesoupandsnacks,andothervendorsselling
glowtoysandtrims.Inadditiontomusicalentertainmentandstationarycyclesforgenerating
electricity,the2015eventsawthereturnofthe
5kGlowFunWalkandRun,
whichhadover500
participants.Whiletheweatherwasabitofachallenge,withwindandoccasionalrain,the
energyoftheparticipantswasundimmed,andthiswasalsoreflectedinanincreaseinthe
supportfromfunders,making2015ourmostsuccessfulEarthHoursofar.
Towardstheendof2015,GreenrockbeganplanningforthenextEarthHouronMarch19th
2016.

HydrationStations
GreenrockcontinuestooperatethesixHydrationStationsinstalledin
2012.Thesearethefirstandonlypublicwaterbottlefillingstationsin
Bermudatheyareamodernalternativetopublicwaterfountainsand
providehygienicalternativestosingleusewaterbottles,withfiltered
waterandaguaranteedmaintenanceschedule.TheHydrationStations
areregularlytestedtoensurethehighestwaterquality,andthefilters
arechangedatregularintervalsbyBAC.TheCityofHamiltonpartners
withustomaintainthefixturesandrepairanydamage.
TheinitialsponsorshipcontractwithAESexpiredin2014,andso
Greenrockisseekingnewsponsorstosupportthemaintenanceofthe
HydrationStationsandtoproviderenewedimagesandsustainability
messagesforthestationsthemselves.Thisalsoprovidesadistinctive
andunusualopportunityforcompaniestopromotetheirownbrandwhilesupportingapractical
sustainabilitysolutionandmessageforBermuda.

OtherProjects
SavingsforSeniors
ThisprogrammewasproposedbyGreenrockin2013asaverypracticalwaytohelpBermuda
seniorssavemoneywhilepromotingenergyconservation.InJune2013CatlinEndtoEnd
Committeefundedapilotprojecttoconductenergyauditsofseniorshomes,withanemphasis
onthoseindividualsstrugglingwiththeirBELCObills,andassistwithinstallingenergyefficient
technologies(primarilylightbulbsandtimers).
ThepilotprogrammeranthroughDecember2014,andwaswellreceivedbyparticipants,butit
becameincreasinglyclearthattheprogrammewasmoreresourceintensivethanweimagined,
withseveralaspectsposingchallenges,notably,alackofreferrals,thecomplexitiesofstock
control,difficultiesinobtainingbeforeandafterBELCObillsfromparticipants(sothat
Greenrockcouldquantifysavings)andashortageofhumanresources.Followingareviewof
thisprogrammeinMarch2015itwasdecidedtodiscontinuethepilotprojectandredesignthe
programme.Greenrockbelievesthatthisisavaluableconcept,andwhentheCharityhasthe
timeandresourcestorunanewprogrammethatcanmoreeffectivelymeetthegoalsofthe
programme,wehowtorelaunchitwithnewdeliverypartners.

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Advocacy
Energy
InBermuda,BELCOsagingelectricitygenerationinfrastructure,theincreaseindemandfor
renewableenergy,newtechnologytomanageresidentialenergydemand,andthesudden
availabilityofliquefiednaturalgas(LNG)asanenergygenerationfuel,allcametogetherto
createanopportunitytobuildamoresustainableenergyapproachinBermuda.
In2013GovernmentconvenedtheBermudaEnergyWorkingGroup(BEWG),comprisedof
invitedrepresentativesoflocalbusinesses,energycompanies,includingBELCO,and
Greenrock,representinglocalenvironmentalorganizations.In2015GreenrockDirectorsJudith
LandsbergandCarolDixoncontinuedtorepresentGreenrockonthisgroup,whichprovided
commentonadraftNationalElectricitySectorPolicyandadraftElectricityAct.
Despiteextensiveinputand
consultationbothindependently
withBELCO,andaspartofBEWG,
Greenrockfeelthatlittleprogress
wasmadetowardsanewenergy
modelforBermuda,withBELCO
committedtoanextensive
investmentinLNGforBermudas
futureenergygeneration,and
neithertheBermudaGovernment
norBELCOrobustlysupporting
sustainableenergyoptions.
GreenrockbelievesthatBermudas
bestenergyoption,affordablein
theshortterm,andadvisableinthe
longterm,istosignificantlyreduce
energydemandandtoincreaseour
relianceonrenewableenergy,and
InNovember2015Greenrockand
BESTissuedapositionpaperon
energysustainabilitycallingfor
prioritizingenergyefficiencyand
acceleratingthemovetorenewable
energy.
Despitelackofpolicyprogress,
Greenrockcontinuestoeducate
andadvocateforamore
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sustainableapproachtoenergy.GreenrockwasheavilyinvolvedinarrangingthefirstBermuda
EnergySummitwhichtookplaceinNovember2014,withGreenrockDirectorCarolDixon
playingapivotalroleonthePlanningCommittee.

ClimateChange
OnNovember27th,inadvanceofthe2015ClimateChangetalksinParis,Greenrockorganized
arallyinfrontofCityHalltodemonstratesupportforglobalactiononclimatechange.Therally
wasattendedbyrepresentativesofotherenvironmentalorganizations,representativesofthe
CityofHamilton,andshortspeechesweremadebymembersoftheOpposition.
WhileBermudascontributiontoglobalgreenhousegasemissionsaresmall,ouremissionsper
capitaareamongthehighestintheworldespeciallygiventhatalmosteverythingweeat,wear
oruse,hastobetransportedhundredsofmilestotheisland.WebelievethatBermudahasa
roletoplayinhelpingtopreventadisastrousincreaseinglobaltemperature,andwealso
believethatBermudiansneedtobemoreawareoftheneedtoadapttoglobalclimatechanges
whichareexpectedtohappen.
Weexpecttocontinuetoadvocatein2016toreduceourgreenhousegasemissions,tomitigate
theeffectsofclimatechange,andtohelptheislandadapt.

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Governance
In2015therewereseveralGovernancemilestonesforGreenrock.Buildingonworkstartedin
2014,wefinalizedourByeLawsincorporatedasacompanylimitedbyguarantee
strengthenedourBoardofDirectorseffectedchangestocomplywiththenewCharitiesAct
(whichcameintoforceattheendofDecember2014)andaddressedlegacyissueswithour
financialreporting.
AtourAGMheldinNovember2013,Greenrockelectedtoincorporateasacompanylimitedby
guaranteeandappointaBoardofDirectorstheobjectivesbeingbetteroversightofGreenrock
affairsandbetterprotectionforGreenrockmembers.Thisprocessofchangingourcharitable
structurewasledbyGreenrockDirectorandSecretaryMattCarr,supported
probono
by
Applebys.Onthe7thMay2015,BermudasRegistrarofCompaniesissuedourCertificateof
Incorporation,makingourcompanystatusofficial.
ThisprocessserendipitouslycoincidedwithTheCharitiesAct2014,enablingGreenrockto
ensurethatwearefullycompliantwithallrequirements.ThenewCharitiesAct,whileensuring
appropriateoversightandregulationofBermudacharities,laidasignificantburdenonBermuda
charitiesandtookupaconsiderableamountoftheBoardstimeoverthecourseoftheyear.
TheBoardofDirectorsroleistosteertheorganizationtowardsasustainablefuturebyadopting
sound,ethical,andlegalgovernanceandfinancialmanagementpolicies,aswellasmaking
surethenonprofithasadequateresourcestoadvanceitsmission.Greenrockwelcomedthree
newDirectorstoourBoardin2015TrevorNelsonasournewTreasurer,ClesiaRealejo,with
extensiveexperienceofCorporateSocialResponsibility,andEugeneDean,whohasbeen
directlyinvolvedinGreenrockinvaryingcapacitiesformorethanadecade.(Clesia,
unfortunately,steppeddowninlate2015becauseoffamilyandworkpressure.)
ThedaytodaymanagementoftheorganizationisentrustedtoourExecutiveDirectorwho
overseescommunications,operations,fundraising,andprojectmanagement.Achallengefor
GreenrockthisyearwasthedepartureofourfirstpaidExecutiveDirector(arolewhichreplaced
theunpaidPresidentoftheManagementCommittee),GordonJohnson,inMarch.Weare
extremelygratefultoBonnieMcGlynnforsteppinginasInterimExecutiveDirectorinorderto
providecontinuityfortheCharityandspecialistadviceforourschoolsprogrammesoverthe
summer.Bonniesassistanceandsupportwasinvaluable,andshewassorelymissedwhen,as
previouslyagreed,shewenttoanewroleatWarwickAcademyinSeptember.TheBoard
completedasearchforanewExecutiveDirector,andinOctober2015appointedJonathan
Starlingfulltimetotherole.
During2015Greenrocksuccessfullyaddressedlegacyissuesinourfinancialreporting,dating
backto2012andrelatedtotheunfortunatesituationofhavingfourTreasurersinthreeyears.
OurnewTreasurerTrevorNelsondidafantasticjobingettingusbackontrack.Followinga
SpecialGeneralMeetinginDecember2015whereitwasunanimouslyagreedtochangeour
FinancialYeartomatchthecalendaryear(inordertobettermatchourdonorsandsupporters
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normalgivingcalendar),TrevorsubmittedGreenrockfinancialstatementsforJuly2011to
December2014toKPMGforfinancialreview.
Wearethrilledtoreportthatthesefinancial
statementshavesincepassedKPMGreview.
Weexpectour2015financialstobereadyforauditearlyin2016.

GreenrockCouncil
InordertocontinuetoengageourbaseofsupportinBermuda,andtoprovideoperational
support,GreenrockestablishedtheGreenrockCouncil.Thislooselyfollowsthemodeloftheold
GreenrockManagementCommittee(whichranGreenrockpriortotheestablishmentofthe
BoardofDirectors)andhasopenmembership,encouraginganymemberofthecommunitywho
wantstoengagewithGreenrockprojectsandprogrammes,ortoproposenewones,tocome
andsharetheirideas.TojointheGreenrockCouncilcontactourExecutiveDirectoron
info@greenrock.org
.

Communications
Greenrockcontinuestoengagethecommunitythroughourmonthlynewsletter.Wehavealso
grownourFacebookandTwitterpresence,andregularlywriteopedsandprovidecommentsin
Bermudasprintandwebmedia.

OurSupporters
Greenrockreliesentirelyonthesupportofthecommunitythroughindividualdonationsand
corporategrants,torunourprojects,ourprogrammesandouradvocacy.CorporateSupporters
alsohostourGreenBuildingForummeetings,ournetworkingevents,andourEarthHourevent.
ThissupportdemonstratesthatBermudabelievesinamoresustainablefutureandwehope
thatthroughoureducationandadvocacyprogrammeswearechangingthemindsetsothatwe
usefewerresourceseveryday,stepmorelightlyontheearth,andactasgoodstewardsfor
futuregenerations.
BecomeaGreenrockMemberorSupportertoday:
www.greenrock.org

NickCampbell
Chairman,GreenrockBoardofDirectors
March2016

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