Keep Grand Bahama Clean
In October 2006, The Grand Bahama Port Authority's Environmental Department along with other public and private sector organizations launched the Keep Grand Bahama Clean Initiative. To date, organizations such as the Urban Renewal Programme, Department of Environmental Health Services, Local Government/City Councils, Ministry of Tourism, Sanitation Services, Bahamas National Trust, Local Media Houses, The Paint Fair Company and Interested Residents have been enthusiastically partnering with the GBPA's Environmental Department to promote the Keep Grand Bahama Clean agenda.
The resounding message of KGBC is that "it's everyone's business and everyone's responsibility to Keep Grand Bahama Clean: our lifestyles, our economy, and our future depend on it". The KGBC programme focuses on educating the wider community on the importance of achieving and/or maintaining a healthy environment. The activities are geared primarily to: school visitations and presentations; community - walk-abouts/designation of best kept yards/clean-ups; publication of environmental messages in the daily news; and the production and distribution of environmental literature.
The ‘KGBC' campaign makes it their single focus that a clean and healthy environment should not only be a choice but a way of life. The major clean up campaign not only focuses on the collection of loose garbage but its key focus is the removal of bulk waste and derelict vehicles.
The anticipated outcome of the programme is the realization of a sustainable initiative, which results in residents having a greater awareness and regard for their actions or lack thereof towards the environment, in all communities on Grand Bahama Island. The KGBC philosophy advocates that keeping our environment clean and beautiful, should be a way of life, always remembering, that our actions today, affect the health and wealth of our people and our natural resources now, and for generations to come.