The Politics of Clean Energy: Conservative South Carolina Republican Going Nationwide with Clean Energy Plan

The political persuasion of a clean energy advocate shouldn’t matter, but former South Carolina Republican Congressman Bob Inglis says it lost him an election. Here is his plan:

Conservative South Carolina Republican Going Nationwide with Clean Energy Plan (via Clean Technica)

  Eliminate subsidies for developing new clean energy technologies while at the same time adding the cost of pollution, global warming, and wars to the price of fossil fuels. It’s a variation on a theme that’s been voiced by energy experts and a variety of others, including politicians — a “…

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The Next Trend in Green Construction: The Net Zero Building

The Next Trend in Green Construction: The Net Zero Building (via

It’s an exciting time to be in the renewable energy or green constriction industries. Year after year, new standards bodies are formed and enable all kinds of exciting new building standards and adoption of eco-friendly materials. In 2012, green building trends are moving solidly in the direction…

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Historic Trees Donated to Future Site of Miami’s Museum Park

Gumbo Limbo tree at DeSoto National Monument in Florida (photo credit: Wiki Commons)
Gumbo Limbo tree at DeSoto National Monument in Florida (photo credit: Wiki Commons)

NBC 6 South Florida reports that Swire Properties has donated forty trees from their Brickell CitiCentre site to the future Pérez Art Museum Miami site. The trees, including historic oaks, gumbo limbos and strangler figs, range from 25 to 150 years old.

Arborist Lisa Hammer is overseeing the excavation and the loading the giant trees onto a barge to transport them through the Miami River to the future location of the museum.

Hammer determined the best ways to excavate the trees without causing them harm or shock, Swire Properties said.

“I was responsible for making sure the trees had enough water, no symptoms of stress, and giving the trees treatments that were deemed necessary, such as fertilizer,” said Hammer, who has been practicing for 25 years and has a master’s degree from Florida International University.
She will continue to monitor the maintenance of the trees for one year.

Element Miami International Airport to be LEED Certified

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element Miami, 3525 NW 25th Street · Miami, FL 33142

News Release: February, 21 2012 Element Hotels

Element Miami International Airport Opens

“With its own combination of beautiful natural elements and singular style, Miami is a perfect fit for the Element brand,” said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood. “Element offers guests a bright, energizing environment that’s conducive to both work and play, all while affording easy access to the city and to the airport.”

The Element brand made history with its 2008 launch. It is the first major hotel brand to mandate that all properties pursue the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for high-performance buildings. The Element Miami International Airport features all the brand’s signatures, including:

  • Rise, Element’s hearty and healthy complimentary breakfast
  • Motion, a state-of-the-art, 24-hour fitness center
  • Relax, complimentary evening receptions
  • Restore, a gourmet food pantry
  • A 791-square-foot meeting room with modular furnishings, flexible layout and state-of-the-art technology that can be customized to meet and business or social needs
  • ChargePoint electric vehicle charging station
  • Dynamic gathering spaces, from a lobby flooded with natural light to a multi-storied window wall and from an outdoor fire pit, to water features and a barbecue
  • Light filled guest rooms with a fluid design of modular furniture, swiveling flat-screen televisions, large desks with open shelving, and custom-designed closets
  • The signature Heavenly® Bed
  • Spa-inspired bathrooms with an invigorating rain-shower and dual-flush toilet
  • Fully equipped kitchens featuring filtered water, ENERGY STAR-rated appliances and utensils to prepare a gourmet meal

“We’re very excited to bring Element’s fusion of style, personal wellbeing and sustainability to Miami, and we think guests will appreciate having a fresh option so close to MIA,” said Lew Wiens, President of True North Hotel Group, the hotel’s management company. “Our location adjacent to such a key transportation hub makes Element Miami unbeatable for business and leisure travelers alike.”

What is Santa’s Carbon Footprint?

While the song talks about a white Christmas, the good people over at Ethical Ocean having been dreaming of a green Christmas. They decided to take a look at Santa’s carbon footprint, and have even offered some great tips to help Santa have a more environmentally friendly holiday. Enjoy!

Santa's Carbon Footprint Infographic

via Ethical Ocean – eco friendly products, fair trade and vegan shopping.

Would You Live Here? The Bioscleave House in the East Hamptons

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Bioscleave House, also known as the LifeSpan-Extending Villa, was designed by artists Arakawa + Gins, with architects Lawrence Marek and Aryeh Siegel. I think engineers Dewhurst, MacFarlane and Partners deserve  a lion’s share of the credit for figuring out how to build the 3700 square foot home as envisioned.  Completed in 2008, the 3 bedroom, 2 bath house is an example of their “reversible destiny architecture,” the philosophy that the design of a structure can “counteract the usual human destiny of having to die.” The idea is to create a living space that challenges the occupant with physical and mental exercise in order to stay young – sort of a whole body Sudoku.



Cinema Green tonight at Miami Beach Cinematheque

The Environmental Coalition of Miami & the Beaches and Cinematheque on Miami Beach invites you Cinema Green movie night tonight at 7 and 9 pm.  First, “follow the story of Jen and Grant as they accept the challenge of creating no waste for an entire year” in the “The Clean Bin Project.” Then enjoy “One Beach,” a look at the importance of keeping our Florida beaches “Barefoot Friendly.” There will be an introduction by Luiz Rodrigues, Michael Laas and Commissioner Jerry Libbin, plus a question and answer session with One Beach cast members Barbara de Vries and Leigh Emerson, and Ben Clutter from the Surfrider Foundation.

Cinematheque is located at 1130  Washington Ave on Miami Beach. $10 for General Admission, $7 for Cinematheque, Surfirder & ECOMB Members (must present ECOMB Green Card). FREE for Students K – 8, $5 for High School Students (must present ID). Students can now get 2 Community Service Hours for watching Cinema Green Movies! TICKETS SOLD ONLINE OR AT THE DOOR  CLICK HERE TO FOR MORE INFORMATION

Pinecrest Gardens Needs Your Coffee Grounds

I don’t drink coffee. I know… how weird, right? Both of my parents were coffee drinkers, but I’ve never developed the taste for it. So, about once a month, I have to take a cup of coffee and a container of coffee grounds home from my office. The brewed coffee is mixed with henna for my hair, and the coffee grounds go into the soil in my garden. My gardenias especially love a bit of coffee every spring and summer.

Craig Morell, the horticulure expert at Pinecrest Gardens, also uses coffee for his garden – not his hair. And now he is looking for restaurants to donate their coffee grounds to Pinecrest Gardens, too.  According to their website:

A few months ago, he had a flash of inspiration: “Why not expand my home-garden usage of coffee grounds as an organic soil supplement to a larger scale, say…Pinecrest Gardens?” Gardeners have used coffee and tea grounds for decades on the soil of “special” plants like gardenias and roses, so why not use the artwork of a local barrista to our best purposes?… and so “Coffee for You in the Morning, For Your Garden in the Evening: Grounds for your Grounds” was born.

The local Starbucks have been donating their coffee grounds for the pilot program and Morell has seen “noticeable” benefits already. So if you own or manage a South Florida restaurant and would like to participate, contact Craig Morell by email at


Would you live here? Manhattan Shoebox Apartment

“A couple years ago, Manhattan architect Luke Clark Tyler, lived in a 96 square foot apartment. Instead of upsizing with his latest move, he chose to squeeze himself and his belongings into even less space. Luke now lives in a 78 square foot shoebox studio.”

I believe in reducing one’s carbon footprint by down-sizing the living space, but this is over-doing it for me. I think even my ferrets would find that space a bit small.


Light Bulb Finder – There’s an App for That!

Still not sure if CFL’s are worth it? Trying to find the newest LED? This free app for iPhone and Android helps you make the best – and greenest – choice for your lighting fixture.

LIGHT BULB FINDER is a free mobile phone application that makes it easy to switch from conventional light bulbs to energy-saving equivalents with the right fit, style and light quality. View bulb images, cost, savings, and environmental impact. Create shopping lists, and buy bulbs directly through the app or at local stores.

Excellent use of QR codes too.