Albion Heights in St Thomas is a rural community that is developing and becoming more populated over time. Despite this, the area is still without electricity supply from the Jamaica Public Service (JPS), has limited water supply from the National Water Commission (NWC) and has only recently started receiving waste management services from the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA). These limited resources significantly impact the vulnerable groups within the community, and also impacts the ability of the community to develop further.
The Jamaica Climate Change Youth Council was awarded a grant by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme to undertake a project entitled: “Mitigating the Impacts of Climate Change through the Albion Heights Green Community Project”.
Albion Heights provides a unique opportunity to create a true sustainable model community from the ground up, as it is in the infancy stage of development. This project will foster the development of a local culture that promotes environmental protection and sustainable living while simultaneously boosting their community resilience, improving their quality of life, as well as explore sustainable entrepreneurial or career options.
The primary objective of the project is to create and monitor a sustainable community and will include the installation of renewable energy, rainwater harvesting and community recycling systems in 10 households and the wider community:
- Installation of at least 10 solar powered street lamps and solar powered home systems
- Installation of rainwater harvesting systems in selected households
- Establishment of income-generating community recycling programme
This will be accompanied by extensive community education and training exercises, which will allow residents to monitor their energy and water use during the period, and costs during implementation and throughout the long term.
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