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  • Well-known Jamaican Scientist, Dr. Henry Lowe, is proposing that the authorities implement policies and programmes to redevelop Kingston as a green city.
  • Dr. Lowe, who is the Executive Chairman of Environmental Health Foundation (EHF) Group of Companies, said his organization is committed to working with both local and central government to make this happen.
  • He also called on the city’s Mayor to ensure that as of now, all new buildings are designed and equipped with rainwater harvesting facilities.

Well-known Jamaican Scientist, Dr. Henry Lowe, is proposing that the authorities implement policies and programmes to redevelop Kingston as a green city.

Dr. Lowe, who is also Executive Chairman of Environmental Health Foundation (EHF) Group of Companies, said his organization is committed to working with both local and central government to make this happen.

“We have got a lot of expertise at Eden Gardens and our related companies to work with any Ministry that request our help, so that we can do this for our city. We are proud to know that we have done our part in that Eden Gardens is part of that bigger, greener sustainable environment, not only for Kingston, but for the entire region,” he said.

Dr. Lowe was addressing the launch of the newly rebranded Eden Gardens Wellness Resort and Spa, in Kingston, last week. The new Eden Gardens is a totally green facility, with its entire focus being on health, wellness and positive lifestyles.

He also called on the city’s Mayor and the Ministry of Land, Water, Environment and Climate Change, to ensure that as of now, all new buildings are designed and equipped with rainwater harvesting facilities and installed with basic renewable energy technology.

“We harvest every drop of rain that comes here….We recycle grey water and use it for irrigation. We have photovoltaics,” Dr. Lowe boasts.

He also noted that the facility has solar water heating; Variable Refrigerant Volume (VRV) Inverter air-conditioning, where the volume or flow rate of refrigerant is accurately matched to the required heating or cooling loads, thereby saving energy and providing more accurate control; a recycling programme;  and Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs. He added that they will be installing a windmill within the next six months, so that the facility can generate enough energy to be self sufficient.

Dr. Lowe spoke of the savings made by the facility since some of these measures were introduced. “We used to spend $350,000 per month on electricity for one block. After installing our photovoltaics, we are now paying only $7,000 per month and we are going to be moving this throughout the entire system to make it totally green. It is expensive, but it will pay back for itself in no time,” he said.