The Government of The Bahamas / Bahamas National Trust

Harvard GSD Exec Ed: Exuma

A Sustainable Future for Exuma is a multi-year ecological planning project to facilitate the design and management of a more sustainable future for the Exuma archipelago and The Bahamas in general. Collaborating in the project are The Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the Bahamas National Trust, and Harvard University Graduate School of Design. The aim is to incorporate research and education to understand local issues and formulate proposals for review and implementation. Research will focus on Resource Management, Economic Development, Governance, and Sociocultural Issues. Educational components include Conferences, Forums, and Workshops. Exuma’s partnership with the GSD enables fruitful faculty involvement in these educational opportunities, both in The Bahamas and at Harvard.

“Places that prosper, prosper for all, don’t happen by chance. For places to prosper it needs a vision, it needs a plan, it needs actions, and it needs steadfast commitment.”
-The Right Honourable Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, September 26, 2013

In The Bahamas

Executive Education Workshops

Sustainable Development from Concept to Realization, Exuma, and Sustainable Spatial and Land-Use Development for Exuma, Nassau, April 2015 addressed the development and implementation of land-use strategies, policies, and practices that support the social, economic, environmental, and cultural sustainability of Exuma.

Vision 2030: Desired Future and Its Realization, Executive Education workshops held in Nassau and Exuma, April 2014, aimed to evolve an overall vision for the future of Exuma (and potential impacts for The Bahamas as a whole), as well as to provide greater insight into the policies, processes, and organization required to realize that vision.

Building Capacities for Our Future, Executive Education workshops in Nassau and George Town, May 2013—Framing issues and collecting and interpreting information related to community health/fitness; food/food security; and local economy/work in The Bahamas and Exuma.

At Harvard

Selected Bahamians participated in GSD Executive Education programs, including:

  • Accessibility: Compliance, Comparisons, and Communications
  • Climate Adapted Design: Regions, Infrastructure and Finance
  • Hotel Design and Development
  • Integrated Project Management
  • Leading Organizations
  • Master Planning: Moving Toward a Sustainable City
  • NCI Charrette System Program
  • Smart Cities: Building and Regenerating Communities at the Intersection of Planning, Design, and Technology
  • Transformations: Reusing, Renovating, and Expanding Existing Buildings
  • Urban Agriculture and the Form of the City
  • Urban Retail: Essential Planning, Design, and Management Practices
  • The Walkable City