USM Event Management class hosts Eco-Friendly Island (EFI) Panel Discussion

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Philipsburg, Sint Maarten — The University of St. Martin Event Management class will be hosting a panel discussion on the topic “Sustainability”. Sustainability is a trending topic within the Tourism Industry, particular the word Eco-Friendly.

On St. Maarten/St. Martin the community is becoming more aware of the dangers and implications of a destroyed environment. Issues concerning the state of the island’s environment have been the topic of discussion in several parliamentary meetings, which led to the motivation to hold a discussion on this topic.

There is a growing concern among the community in pollution, landfills, beaches and mass development to name a few. What are being done, what can be done and how will it be done to make St. Maarten/St. Martin an Eco-Friendly Island.

The panel consists of former Minister of VROMI and Director of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Claret Connor, Director of Saint Martin International Affairs, Mr. Alex Richards, Manager of the Sint Maarten Nature Foundation, Tadzio Berevoets and Laura Bijnsdorp of Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC).

Each panelist will provide their views on various topics such as Climate Change, Over Development, Pollution, Recycling, etc… The audience will also have the opportunity to pose questions to the panel.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, December 12 from 2:00 – 5:00pm at the University of St. Martin Lecture Hall. The general public is invited to attend.