Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Ecorazzi has presented “Ten Ways To Go Green On St. Patrick’s Day” Great tips for today and everyday: In order to maximize fun and goodwill, read below for ten surefire ways to make St. Patrick’s Day crazy-green. (And then you can tell those haters pinching you for not wearing

Melanie Dawn’s Fav Five Green Businesses Serving Pinecrest Florida

I am frequently asked to write guest articles for Coldwell Banker’s “Insight Real Estate Blog” serving the Atlanta, Dallas/Ft. Worth and Florida markets. My recurring feature, called “Hear the Eco,” is about various green topics affecting the Miami-Dade real estate market. In a recent four-part article, I wrote about my five favorite green businesses in or near the Village of Pinecrest. They are: Evo’s green

EPA: Multi-Family Housing Near Public Transit is Greener. Melanie Dawn: And in Miami, it’s Beautiful, too!

The EPA has just released a white paperconfirming what most of us know intuitively: multi-family housing located near public transportation is generally “greener” than any other type of housing.  Their graph tells the story very well: It illustrates the two key points in the study about the relationship between housing style/location and energy consumption: •

Top Ren Reasons to Install a Metal Roof – Even in Florida

A metal roof in South Florida may seem counter-intuitive. Under our summer sun, metal gets hot enough to cook an egg, right? But a metal roof actually reflects over 65% of the solar rays compared to only about 25% for asphalt shingle. And coated metal roofing also has a high degree of “thermal emittance,” which

Five Reasons to Compost in Miami-Dade

1. Composting is easy! As easy as throwing away your garbage, in fact. Simply separate compostable garbage into a separate bin. 2. Composting is saves money! Compost doesn’t require any fancy equipment, but it will save you money by reducing what you spend for fertilizers and potting soils. 3. Composting is good for your garden!

The Green Giant – Can a 10,000 Square Foot Home Be “Green”?

There is a green controversy brewing in Berkeley, California. Mitch Kapor, founder of Lotus Development Corp and an international philanthropist, wants  to build a 10,000-square-foot house complete with a 10-car garage. Under Berkeley’s current green point system the house would qualify for Berkeley’s “green” designation despite its size, and that has neighbors and local environmentalists upset.

Realtors(R) Help Consumers Understand the Value of Green

As a member of the US Green Building Council and one of the few designated Eco-Brokers in the South Florida area, I have been an advocate for “green building” for many years. And while I wear my “tree-hugger” label proudly, for most of us our first priorities when buying a home or leasing an office

Park(ing) Day in Coconut Grove This Friday

The US Green Building Council’s South Florida Chapter Emerging Professionals will be participating in this Friday’s “Park(ing) Day,” a worldwide event that inspires city dwellers everywhere to transform metered parking spots into temporary parks.  Started in 2005, Park(ing) Day is a way to draw attention to the need for more public parks in urban areas. This year’s local event is

News From Sebastian Eilert Architecture, Inc

Every month I look forward to reading Sebastian Eilert’s newletter to keep up to date on his latest LEED projects in South Florida. Sebastian, a local architect with international training and experience, is dedicated to sustainable architecture. From his website: With S.E.A. as part of your project team, spaces will be better, healthier and have

Hey Miami Students! Get Your Green On – Enter Miami-Dade’s video contest

April is Water Conservation Month in Florida and Miami-Dade County wants you to “Get Your Green On!” The contest is open to all Miami-Dade County high school students. Create an original Public Service Announcement showcasing environmentally sustainable activities and your commercial could air at movie theaters across the County. Every student who enters will receive