US Virgin Islands aim for 60% reduction in fossil fuel energy consumption by 2025

Monday, December 3, 2012

Energy Development in Island Nations is an international partnership focused on helping small island developing states increase their energy independence.  Their most ambitious pilot project is based in the…

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EDIN: An island resource for energy independence

Monday, November 26, 2012

Four years ago Iceland, New Zealand, and the United States formed an international partnership called Energy Development in Island Nations (EDIN).  Its purpose is to help small island states…

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Slow islands

Monday, November 12, 2012

Last week I traveled to the US Virgin Islands.  Door to door it took 12 hours – by car, plane, foot, ferry, and car again.  A long day…

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The high cost of air conditioning

Monday, November 5, 2012

One of the many challenges facing small island developing states is to devise ways that stretch the capacity of the electrical infrastructure.  And one of the great burdens…

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The link between inequality and sustainable development

Monday, October 29, 2012

The debate over how inequality affects growth has been raging for decades.  Mostly, the discussion centers on developed nations.  In particular, the issue has come to the fore…

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Reimagining prosperity

Monday, October 22, 2012

Small island developing states face many challenges.  High on the list is economic growth and development.  For without growth livelihoods stagnate, deflating any hope of better times ahead. …

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In defense of sustainable islands

Monday, October 15, 2012

If anyone can make the case for sustainability, islanders can.  Basically, an islander understands that if they exhaust their natural resources, they could die.  Because there is nowhere…

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What is a sustainable island?

Monday, October 8, 2012

Sustainable, sustainability, sustainable development – these are terms that have become so overused that, for many, they have lost their impact.  The words have become clichés, rather than…

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Announcing redesigned Small Island States Foundation website

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Small Island States Foundation is pleased to announce their redesigned website and new blog. Earlier this year Owen Bethel, SISF’s founder, and I met in New York…

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