Richmond Vale Academy partners with many organizations from community based organizations, schools, farmers groups, to international development agencies and government ministries. It is surely a privilege to work with so many different people for a more just and climate compliant future.
Tourism Social Enterprise Award 2019
Tourism Social Enterprise, a special award recognising an initiative by an individual or group/association which addresses social problems by applying innovative tourism development ideas.
by The Caribbean Tourism Organisation. Read more here
Energy Globe National Award for St. Vincent and the Grenadines 2019
Richmond Vale Academy won the prize for the Biogas Project. Read more here
Energy Globe National Award for St. Vincent 2018
Richmond Vale Academy won the prize for the Pass-it-On Sustainable Model Garden Project for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Read more here
Energy Globe National Award for St. Vincent 2016
The ENERGY GLOBE Award was founded in 1999 by the Austrian energy pioneer Wolfgang Neumann and it is one of today’s most prestigious environmental awards. Projects which conserve and protect our resources or employ renewable energy can participate. Richmond Vale Academy won the prize for the Treelympics Project for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Inter-American Institute on Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) Award
In the competition “Climate Smart Agriculture: Among stories from Farmers in the Eastern Caribbean States” the IICA identified successful cases of climate-smart practices. Richmond Vale Academy won the prize for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Saint Vincent’s Ministry of Agriculture Climate Smart Agriculture Award
During the World Food Day 2016, RVA received the award acknowledging the efforts achieved. The award was supported by the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership within the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
The event was called “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.” More than 1.000 visitors were present at the event.
Tripadvisor Green Leaders Award
The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Program showcases a variety of eco-friendly hotels and B&Bs, from budget to luxury – and they’re all committed to green practices like recycling, local and organic food, and electric car charging stations.
Richmond Vale Academy employs 25 people in teaching, farming, administration and maintainance.
The country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, also known as ‘Hairoun (a)’ and also 'Yurumein', is located to the south of the Caribbean Sea and has a population of 110.000 people. SVG is a small island nation with the main island called St. Vincent and 31 smaller island and cays called The Grenadines. The history is remarkable and its landscapes are breathtaking.
The country has had a long history of resistance against European imperial powers. The people of St. Vincent, the Caribs, managed to protect their homeland from the French and British settlement for 200 years. They were so vigilant that this territory became the last of the major Caribbean islands to be colonized. During this struggle, African slaves escaping from shipwrecks or the surrounding islands were welcomed to settle on the islands. They mixed with the Caribs and are now known as the Black Caribs or the Garifuna people.
In 1719 Britain took control over the country and remained in power until 1979, when St. Vincent and the Grenadines claimed its independence and its right to control its own affairs.
The country imports the majority of the food, which heavily affects the local economy. Half of the population lives in rural areas of which 25% are employed in farming. The farming population is aging and few young people are going into farming. Due to the effect of global warming and climate change the overall rainfall will decrease. Furthmore, it will fall more violently and in fewer days. This will lead to more destruction of agricultural crops and fields due to drought as well as flooding. The main island St. Vincent has plenty of water and only a few months of dry season. Only 7% of agricultural land is irrigated and most farmers use a lot of imported pesticides, herbicides and Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potash (NPK) fertiliser.
SVG is heavily dependent on imported fossil fuel for electricity generation, transportation and cooking. It has an energy mix of 90% fossil fuels and about 10% hydro power with an increasing contribution from solar photovoltaic (PV). Fortunately, this nation has many potential carbon neutral sources which include geothermal, solar and wind. In the main land, half of the energy usage is from households. Today, most people use imported LPG gas for cooking and the use of home solar water heaters is common. Currently, the government has installed solar panels in 3 government buildings and in a college; people are more aware of the benefits of using solar power.
There are three hydropower plants in Saint Vincent. With improvements and investment, they can provide up to 20% of the country’s renewable energy. Additionally, the government has partnered with a private company to build a 10 - 15 MW geothermal plant which will be in operation by 2021.
When compared by area, SVG is ranked globally as the second most disaster prone country. As part of the Caribbean, SVG is in the Atlantic Hurricane Belt. For this reason, damaging hurricanes and flash floods hit the area almost every year. Added to this annual threat, it is predicted that climate change will negatively affect the region by increased intensity of hurricanes, rising sea levels, decreasing rain falls and ascending temperatures. With hurricanes and tropical storms getting stronger and more damaging, the country will see more landslides and soil and coastal erosion. Furthermore, sea level rise and storm surges will affect the towns and fishing villages all over the country. This will have a direct impact on 85% of the population.