Frost Science Museum Awarded Grants Aimed at Improving Miami’s Coastal Resilience

Frost Science was just selected by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Wells Fargo as one of eight non-profit organizations nationwide to receive a grant aimed at increasing community capacity to plan and implement coastal resilience projects and improve the ability of urban coastal communities to adapt to sea level rise.

Resilient Communities 2017 Grant

Virginia Key Beach (photo courtesy: Marc Averette via Wikimedia Commons CC 3.0)

In October, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and Wells Fargo announced $2 million in grants to eight nonprofit organizations engaged in community efforts to “prepare for future impacts associated with sea level rise, water quantity and quality, and forest conservation”.

By taking advantage of natural features like wetlands, resilient shorelines, urban tree canopies, natural forests and healthy upstream watersheds, communities can accrue quality of life benefits today, enhance fish and wildlife resources, and help prepare for foreseeable resilience challenges.

Miami’s Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science was awarded $287,749 from the Resilient Communities grant, and raised matching funds of $392,7111, for the project to restore a total of 17 acres of coastal wetlands at three different public sites, including City of Miami’s Virginia Key.

Wells Fargo and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation launched the “Resilient Communities Program” this year as a 4-year initiative…

… designed to prepare for future environmental challenges by enhancing community capacity to plan and implement resiliency projects and improve the protections afforded by natural ecosystems by investing in green infrastructure and other measures. The program will focus on water quality and quantity declines, forest health concerns, and sea level rise. The program will emphasize community inclusion and assistance to traditionally underserved populations in vulnerable areas.

“Five Star and Urban Waters” 2017 Grant

Aquarium at Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science (photo: Melanie Dawn Molina Wood, all rights reserved)

This announcement comes on the heels of another announcement earlier this month that Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, in partnership with Overtown Youth
Center, Palmer Trinity School, and others, have been awarded a Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program 2017 Grant for East Greynolds Park Mangrove Habitat Restoration.

The grant help help restore “3.44 acres of degraded mangrove habitat critical to native fauna, including the endangered American crocodile and West Indian manatee, at Greynolds Park in Miami-Dade County. The grantee and project partners will engage 400 volunteers to restore natural ground elevation by removing large invasive plants and replanting native saltwater wetland plants, enhancing public green spaces and mitigating against coastal erosion.

Frost Science opened in downtown Miami at Museum Park on Biscayne Boulevard in May 2017, taking over for the original Miami Museum of Science next to the historic Vizcaya, where it had been since 1960. The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science features a new state-of-the-art planetarium, the 500,000 gallon 3-level Gulf-Stream Aquarium, and multiple exhibit rooms throughout the 3-building, 6-level complex. And with it’s rainwater collection system, passive cooling, rooftop solar, and other green building & design features, Frost Science expects to achieve LEED-Gold certification. I think they should get LEED points for being awarded these coastal resiliency grants, too!

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Melanie Dawn Molina Wood is a Miami native currently living in the historic downtown district. She has earned her LEED Green Associate accreditation, the NAR GREEN designation, and an Eco-broker credential. She is also a proud member of the US Green Building Council – South Florida Chapter, and a member of the Sierra Club. For more information about sustainability in Miami, or to connect with a real estate agent anywhere in the world, contact Melanie Dawn by text/phone at 305.801.3133, or by email at MelanieinMiami@gmail.com.

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