Taking Root: the Vision of Wangari Maathai – February 15 at 5:30 – Cinema Green

On Wednesday, February 15, at 5:30 p.m., ECOMB’s Cinema Green Project, in partnership with Earth Ethics Institute at Miami Dade College, presents “Taking Root: the Vision of Wangari Maathai” from the Stand Up, Rise Up! film series. The film will screen at EcoTech Visions, 670 NW 112 Street, Miami, FL 33168. There will be a panel discussion following the film. All Stand Up, Rise Up! films are free, but tickets through Eventbrite are required.

Taking Root: the Vision of Wangari Maathai

Taking Root tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy—a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration.

About Cinema Green

Bringing about environmental change and awareness in our community is one of ECOMB’s primary goals. And this is exactly what Cinema Green Project is all about: through the screening of environmental documentaries, educate and increase the awareness among Miami-Dade County residents about pressing ecological issues in South Florida and around the world.

 

The Cinema Green Project, produced in collaboration with the Miami Beach Cinematheque, is a monthly film series that fuses lessons learned from each screening with an opportunity to get involved in local sustainability efforts, yielding a more environmentally conscious society. In doing so, ECOMB hopes to inspire advocacy and action amongst the community and provide opportunities for positive change to occur.

About ECOMB

ECOMB is an environmental education nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable living practices, fostering environmental stewardship and preserving our community’s ecology.

The Stand Up, Rise Up! film series is being shown at various locations in Miami, from January 25 through March 22. The next film is “Taking Root: the Vision of Wangari Maathai ” on Wednesday, February 22, at Miami Dade College InterAmerican campus, 627 SW 27 Avenue, Room, Miami, FL 33135.

Looking for a few good volunteers for EEL

Miami-Dade County’s Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program was created in 1990 to purchase and preserve over 20,000 acres of native pinelands lands and other sensitive areas.

Each year, the EEL program looks for volunteers to help restore and maintain these endangered areas. “The workdays are fun, hands-on activities throughout all kinds of interesting natural areas.” Workdays are from 9 a.m. to noon unless otherwise noted.

Here is January’s EEL volunteer schedule:

  • Saturday, Jan. 10: Arch Creek Park and Preserve, 1855 NE 135th Street, North Miami, Work: Trail maintenance
  • Friday, Jan. 16: East Greynolds Park, 16700 Biscayne Boulevard — by the dog park, Work: Clean up
  • Saturday, Jan. 24: Deering Estate at Cutler – North Addition Preserve, 16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Miami, Work: Clean up

For more information, email eel@miamidade.gov or call 305-372-6611.

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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 http://greenbuildingelements.com)

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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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 gardens@pinecrest-fl.gov

 

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 green that, in thought and execution, you are totally green all over.)

Check it out: http://www.ecorazzi.com/2011/03/14/ten-ways-to-go-green-on-st-patricks-day/ and have a great St. Patty’s Day!

Five Reasons to Compost in Miami-Dade

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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! Gardens that are composted produce more fruits, vegetables and flowers; and compost contains no petroleum products the way most commercial fertilizers do.

4. Composting is good for the planet! The EPA estimates that about 25% of your household waste is yard trimmings, vegetable scraps and other compostable items. Composting helps reduce our local landfills and emissions from the incinerator plants.

5. Composting is FREE! Compost workshops are being offered by Miami-Dade County, in cooperation with the University of Florida, and taught by a Master Gardener.

Learn how to start and maintain a compost pile to turn your yard waste and food scraps into rich soil this Saturday, February 5th, from 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. at the Coral Gables Farmers Market located at 405 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables, Florida 33134. For more information, contact Lize Luna at 305-248-3311 ext. 242 or Barbara McAdam at ext. 245 or email Barbara at bmcadam@ufl.edu.
A rain barrel workshop immediately follows from 1:00 – 2:00. The rain barrel workshop is free, plus Miami-Dade residents will have an opportunity to purchase a rain barrel for $40. The event also includes a showerhead and light bulb exchange courtesy of Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department. For more information, contact Lize Luna at 305-248-3311 ext. 242 or Barbara McAdam at ext. 245 or email Barbara at bmcadam@ufl.edu.

And for more information about real estate and environmental issues in Miami-Dade, visit my web page at http://www.melanieinmiami.com/

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 space are cost and comfort. For too many years, “green building” was viewed as an expensive, slightly quirky, niche market. I am glad to see the growing awareness that green saves green.

Increasingly, green building practices are associated with cutting energy costs and saving money, and a growing number of home buyers are looking for these features. According to the 2010 National Association of Realtors® Home Buyer and Seller Profile, 88 percent of recent home buyers considered a home’s heating and cooling costs important in their home search.


“Many of today’s consumers want homes and communities that are sensitive to the larger environment, but in today’s economy, they’re also cost-conscious, and energy-efficient home features appeal to these buyers,” said NAR President Vicki Cox Golder, owner of Vicki L. Cox & Associates in Tucson, Ariz. “As green building issues become more important to buyers, sellers and businesses, more and more Realtors® are bringing value to the real estate transaction by developing green business practices.”

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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 scheduled to take place between 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. along McFarlane Road in Coconut Grove. Donations and support will be provided by Pie Studio, Home Depot, AFH, the City of Miami, Coconut Grove community organizers, the NET, the BID and the Miami Parking Authority. The MPA has designated 10 metered parking spaces along McFarlane Road which will be transformed into temporary urban parks for the day. Commissioners Sarnoff and Suarez are scheduled to appear, and the public is invited to attend.


USGBC Emerging Professionalsare the energetic and dynamic leaders of tomorrow’s green building movement. The program is geared toward individuals out of school and under 30, but does not exclude anyone who may be interested. USGBC Emerging Professionals seek to engage all those who are interested in learning about and advocating for sustainable building practices. So who are Emerging Professionals? Certainly many are young architects and engineers, but they also include young lawyers, education and healthcare professionals, sustainability consultants, and anyone else interested in the future of green building.”