Green Business Barbados (GBB) was launched in 2010, following the expressed interest of the local business community indicating a need for such an initiative. Its conceptualization is credited to the members of the Future Centre Trust Inc. (FCT), with technical assistance rendered from the Barbados Ministry of Environment (MOE) and the British High Commission Bridgetown (BHC), and financial aid granted by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as well as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
The program aims to foster awareness of environmental issues, and encourage and facilitate businesses in adopting (responsive) eco-friendly, cost-efficient, and sustainable management practices. We also recognize businesses that have achieved our ‘Green Business’ standard, through the promotion of their sustainable actions and respective product and service offerings.
Since its inception, more than 40 businesses – within the public and private sectors of Barbados – have enrolled, earned their approval, and gained value (in being sustainable) from our program.
To our satisfaction, over the years, GBB has been identified not only as a key private sector vehicle for Barbados’ transition to a Green Economy (Barbados Green Economy Scoping Study, 2012) but also as a general catalyst for Green Economy transition throughout the island (by the Caribbean Green Economy Committee).
GBB Program Coordinator
Ria is the Program Coordinator for Green Business Barbados, on behalf of the Future Centre Trust, and she sees this capacity as one which allows her to contribute and impel Barbados’ transition into a sustainable nation.
Barbadian born and raised, she attended the Combermere School, where she uncovered her love and passion for the environment and its much-needed protection. Thereafter, she pursued a B.Sc. in Environmental & Natural Resources Management and a M.Sc. specializing in Water Resources Management, through scholarship. As an avid learner, aiming to be well-equipped, Ria also attained a Graduate Diploma focused on Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development in the Caribbean, along with several skill-based licenses and certificates.
Throughout her career in academia, she also actively played for three field hockey teams, and engaged in environmental volunteerism as a member and, subsequently, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN).
Ria thoroughly enjoys genuine interaction and exchanging invaluable knowledge with others.