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USDA Forest Service to Resume Fourth Inventory of the U.S. Virgin Islands Forests

This is part of a federal effort started in 1930 to collect, analyze and report information on the status and trends of America’s forests.

VI Energy Office Launches Weatherization Assistance Program for Low-income Virgin Islanders

Weatherization Assistance Program is a comprehensive initiative aimed at improving energy efficiency and reducing utility costs for residents across the Virgin Islands.

WAPA Expresses Gratitude to Customers, Partner Agencies for Successful Water Filter Distribution

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) extends heartfelt appreciation to its valued customers for their overwhelming support during last week’s water filter distribution initiative on St. Croix.

VIEO to Launch Equitable E-Mobility (Electric Vehicles) Rebate Program

VIEO has launched the "Equitable E-Mobility Rebate Program," an initiative to revolutionize sustainable transportation across the Virgin Islands.

CFVI Announces 2023 Recipient of the Judith A. Towle Environmental Studies Fund Award

Ailén Anido Escalona (pictured), from Gibara, Cuba, has been selected to receive this year's award.

Olasee Davis Receives Euan P. McFarlane Environmental Leadership Award

Career environmentalist Olasee Davis, Ph.D. is described as an ecologist, ethnobotanist, agriculturalist, environmental activist, cultural historian, naturalist, scholar and professional writer.

National Science Foundation $3.5M Award Expands Workforce Opportunities for Virgin Islanders in STEM

The goal of Navigating Home is to place recent graduates into new short (two to five months) and long-term (one to two years) marine and environmental science job opportunities which will build local workforce capacity.

International Project Is Transforming Sargassum Challenges Into Opportunities for Caribbean Success

A grant from the European Union for the Resilience, Sustainable Energy and Marine Biodiversity aims to create ecosystem education materials that are more accessible through a multilingual podcast and an online ‘Sargassum Champions Course.’

UVI Makes Waves at the 2023 Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Meeting

Nineteen of these individuals presented at the conference. UVI undergraduate student Miranda Goad won third place among all undergraduate oral presentations for her talk.

Monica Miller-Smith is New Coral Bay Community Council Executive Director

Monica Miller-Smith, whose communication, leadership, and research skills and the concerns of the Coral Bay community will help as the organization moves forward, has been selected as the new executive director for the Coral Bay Community Council (CBCC), the organization announced. 

WAPA Thanks All Partners Who Made Its St. Croix Water Voucher Distribution Successful

To date, over 20,000 individual vouchers have been issued to St. Croix customers in areas impacted by lead and copper in their water.

ARBNET Arboretum Awards St. George Village Botanical Garden Level 1 Accreditation

The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is the only global initiative to officially recognize arboreta at various levels of development, capacity and professionalism.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Awards DPNR a Grant for $2.1 Million

Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) has announced the receipt of a $2.1 million America the Beautiful Challenge 2023 grant to create St. Croix’s first conservation corridor, which will include new hiking trails and wildlife habitat.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Awards Grant to DPNR to Conserve Freshwater Habitats

The Division of Fish and Wildlife recently received its first Competitive State Wildlife Grant, awarded for large-scale conservation projects and related activities.

UVI Marine Scientists Prepare Skeleton of Rare Whale for Display

Early in the morning of Oct. 17, a 4.85m (15.9 ft) long Cuvier’s beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris) was seen “thrashing” about in the water in Fish Bay, St. John. 

Caribbean Nations Join Global Action for Climate Solutions Through ‘Caribbean Climate Network’

As fossil fuel companies publish another round of billion-dollar profits, people across the globe took to the streets to spotlight the industry’s greed and reclaim the money and power to fund a just future powered by the sun and the wind.

WAPA Attends Annual Energy Fair Bringing Awareness to Its Energy Investments

The event, hosted by UVI's Caribbean Green Technology Center in collaboration with the V.I. Energy Office, gave WAPA team members the opportunity to educate community members on many of the Authority's ongoing projects.

Governor Bryan Issues Executive Order Protecting USVI Coral Reefs

The U.S. Virgin Islands hosted the United States Coral Reef Task Force annual jurisdictional meeting on St. Thomas from Oct. 22-27 at The Westin Beach Resort & Spa at Frenchman’s Reef.

Solange Camacho Chosen for U.S. Department of Energy Clean Energy Innovator Fellowship Program

Solange Camacho was selected from a pool of applicants as the 2023 Innovator Fellow. Camacho, who is working at the Public Services Commission’s St. Croix office, is a recent graduate from Georgetown University

USDA Awards St. George Village Botanical Garden $2.5M From Forest Service Grant Program

The grant, “Strength of Our R.O.O.T.S.: The Community's Reclamation of Our Trees & Soil in the St. George Village Botanical Garden, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands,” is a conservation project that will plant trees in the St. George Village Botanical Garden and on school properties

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