On July 25, 2015 an “Environmental Education Breakfast” was held at Finca Rosa Blanca in our new Salon Santa Barbara with leaders of the communities of Barrio Jesus and Santa Barbara who are working to protect the environment. Janina, our sustainability director, welcomed everyone to a breakfast of organic coffee, fresh juices and homemade pastries and then we got down to business!
Karen Bermudez, the environmental manager of the municipality of Sta. Barbara talked about recycling and clean water, Don Rafael de FUPROVIRENA talked about how to share in their reforestation projects and Isabell Guillen, the head of the Eco Patrol, talked to us about the community projects and presented gifts and prizes for all who attended. Jorge Hidalgo, the representative of the Association of Jesus Developmen, talked about reducing Carbon Emissions at a community level and representatives of the Environmental Blue Flag programs in the two elementary schools spoke about their projects. The representatives from the Senior Center, the Office for Women, and the Children’s Food Bank of Barrios Jesus also attended.
After the presentations, we all toured the organic greenhouse and gardens, the recycling center and our Red Worm Composting Farm. The new laundry and solar drying area and our silver/copper ionization systems for the swimming pool and jacuzzi were explained to the group as well as the solar systems for heating water for the hotel and restaurant. It was great to have this enthusiastic and energetic group share our ideals and projects