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Aruba’s Vision for Creating Sustainable Prosperity

Date

Mar 28, 2014 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location

Columbia University, Faculty House (116th St. bet. Amsterdam and Morningside Dr.)

The Government of Aruba is implementing a broad strategy for creating sustainable prosperity that includes moving to renewable energy, developing a sustainable economy, and creating the conditions for stronger communities. With the establishment of a Renewable Energy Research and Education Institute, and partnership with The Carbon War Room, Aruba plans to transition completely off fossil fuels by 2020 and rely on alternative sources of energy, such as wind, solar, and wave. On all levels of Aruban society, sustainable initiatives have been taken up to involve the whole population in this project and to become the first fully sustainable island on earth.

Mixing independent policy making and strategic international partnerships, Aruba is poised to become a leader in social and technological development in the Caribbean. Prime Minister Michiel “(Mike)” Eman will discuss Aruba’’s strategy to move ahead with this ambitious goal of pursuing sustainable growth. He will expand on the government’s pursuit of public-private partnerships to improve the island’’s infrastructure, education, and health care, and will discuss Aruba’’s potential as a center of green energy innovation.

Presented by the Earth Institute, Aruba’s Vision for Creating Sustainable Prosperity is open to the public; RSVP and photo ID are required.

Speakers

Michiel “(Mike)” Eman, Prime Minister of Aruba