It’s Summer Time Miami!

A summer-time PSA from the folks over at EnergyStar.gov: Is it time for a new EnergyStar pool pump?

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Miami City Hall Goes Green in Support of the Paris Climate Agreement

Tonight and this weekend in support of #climateagreement @Tomas_Regalado @kenrussellmiami @FrankCarollo_ @FrancisSuarez @KeonHardemon W Gort

March for Science Miami on April 22 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

The March for Science Miami is to celebrate our enthusiasm and passion for science and to call for support in safeguarding the scientific community.

 

We will come together on April 22, 2017 to unite, as a community, and to call for science that upholds the common good, and for policies that enact evidence-based science in the public’s interest.

 

Scientists work together to help understand, and build, a better future for us. Science is constantly expanding, and is a continual process that should not be withheld from the public– especially tax-funded research. Without science, we would not have the modern medicine we use today, or the education that teaches children and adults to think critically, ask questions, and evaluate.

 

We will gather together at Museum Park on April 22, 2017, to stand united for fellow scientists, and science enthusiasts, and to pledge our dedication to open, inclusive, and accessible science!

For more information: March for Science Miami

Register for the march at Eventbrite

Sustainable Home Developer Wins Builders Association of South Florida Platinum Award for Single Family Homes

Beatriz Baldan & George DeArmas accept the Platinum Award for The Sanctuary at Cutler Bay Project by 3Ci, Inc (photo courtesy: 3Ci, Inc)

Sanctuary at Cutler Bay, a LEED registered community by developer Sustainable 3Ci, Inc, was awarded the “2016 Florida’s Best” Platinum for Single Family Homes by the Builders’ Association of South Florida at last week’s signature event in Orlando.

Sanctuary at Cutler Bay homes are self-sustained, self-reliant homes, featuring water reclamation systems, energy efficient appliances, and are solar- powered for the future… 3Ci’s mission is to develop and construct environmentally sustainable homes offered to the consumer at an affordable price. These elegant, Key West style homes will dramatically reduce the amount of pollutants and reliance on fossil fuels that go into building and operating a traditionally constructed home. Their environmentally friendly homes have the added benefit of drastically reducing monthly utility bills. The HERS Index estimates the monthly utility bills will average only $71 dollars per month.

“I think this award, which we are grateful to receive, shows the beauty of our design and connectivity to the natural surroundings, located right next to the mangroves of Biscayne Bay. Energy efficiency resonates today,” says George de Armas, Co-Founder, 3Ci, Inc.

I have had the pleasure of knowing Beatriz and George for the past few years, and have been tremendously impressed with their commitment to sustainability, environmental issues, and an overall healthier future for Miami. One example, that I hope George does not mind me sharing, is his hobby of growing mangrove seedlings on his porch as part of the ongoing Old Cutler Bay habitat restoration efforts.

In keeping with their philosophy, Sanctuary at Cutler Bay homes will be as beautiful as they are “green”. The 4 bedroom, 3 bath houses will feature over 2600 sq.ft. of interior living area with high ceilings, floating staircases, and open sunny floor plans. The gourmet kitchens will include Energy Star appliances, LEED certified countertops, and Low VOC – Formaldehyde free cabinets.

The exterior details- terraces, walkways, lighting, and landscaping, are designed with the same attention to detail. Our rain water collection system will provide all the water needed to maintain the lawns, shrubbery and plants. All efficiencies are provided with a conscious focus to reduce the impact on the environment while reducing the cost of energy and maintenance.

If you would like to visit the developer’s sales office for more information about Sanctuary at Cutler Bay, let me know! I will be very happy to introduce you to Beatriz and George, and to their amazing award-winning homes.

Saturday: UnderLounge Festival at Underline Brickell Backyard

The Underline is a proposed 10-mile linear park that will run below the Miami Metrorail from the Miami River to the Dadeland South Station. In the words of it’s founder, The Underline

will connect communities, improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety, create over a hundred acres of open space with restored natural habitats, encourage a healthy lifestyle, provide an easily accessible place to exercise, create a mobility corridor that integrates transit, car, biking and walking, provide a 10-mile canvas for artistic expression, attract development along US1, and generate significant economic impact.

To learn more about the Underline Linear Park, you are invited to attend The UnderLounge festival at the future site of the Underline’s Brickell Backyard. It’s FREE and fun for all ages! The Underlounge festival will feature live musical performances; face painting, balloon animals, caricature artist, arts and crafts and storytelling for the kids; a fitness section with yoga, boot camp and basketball; and even a pop-up pet park with a pet costume contest, doggie jacuzzi, and dog café.

WHO: Friends of The Underline Young Professionals Organization
WHAT: The UnderLounge
WHEN: Saturday, October 15th, Noon-6 PM
WHERE: Brickell Metrorail Station, 1001 SW 1st Avenue

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USGBC Miami Presents: An Exclusive Transit Tour of the Underline & GREENworking

400x221Underline_BrickellNext Wednesday, August 10, the U.S. Green Building Council Miami is hosting a presentation of the Miami’s planned Underline Linear Park from a unique perspective – one of the elevated MetroRail trains that run above the proposed park location.

The Underline is a vision to transform the land below Miami’s Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park, urban trail, and canvas art. It will stretch from the Miami River to Dadeland South Station and become an iconic and world-class urban trail.

Meg Daly, the project’s founder, will narrate the southbound leg of the ride, describing plans for each segment of the park. She will talk about how her vision for this park grew from an idea she had while traveling on the MetroRail with two broken arms in 2013 to being very close to the start of construction on “Brickell’s Backyard” just three years later.

On the return trip, we will hear about the MetroRail elevated train itself, including upcoming plans for it and other public transit in Miami-Dade County. EasyPasses have been generously provided by the Transportation and Public Works department.

After the Underline MetroRail tour, everyone will head over to a local venue at Mary Brickell Village for some GREENworking and refreshments.

Space is limited, so REGISTER for your spot now!

WHEN: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
WHERE: Government Center MetroRail Station, 101 NW First Street, Miami, FL 33128 (Meet under the trees in front of Government Center by the 1st Street entrance. This is next to the Metro Station escalator. Street Parking and Garage parking are available around Government Center or take public transit there. Please arrive no later than 6:15pm so that we may leave on the same train.)
COST: $10 for advanced tickets, $20 at the event. There is no additional cost for the MetroRail ride, and you will be provided one drink ticket for the post-ride GREENworking

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Pools of Our Lives

Today is the first day of summer, and here in South Florida that means our swimming pools will be in especially heavy demand. As any pool owner knows, the energy needed to run the pool filtration pump can add some serious dollars to our electric bills – an average of $460 per year according to EnergyStar.gov!

Their studies also show that replacing your old pool pump with an EnergyStar rated pump could save you up to $340 per year in electric bills, and pay for itself in less than two years. Best of all, many manufacturers are offering rebates on new EnergyStar pool pumps:

Pool pump manufacturers offering rebates on EnergyStar products 2016

DID YOU KNOW?

If all pool pumps sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified, the energy cost savings would grow to about $155 million each year and 2.5 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented, equivalent to the emission from more than 260,000 vehicles.

Here’s to a Happy & Enery Efficient Summer Everyone!

Freedom in Nature: Waves Above the Horizon

Canopy at Eco-Couture Fashion Show at FIU in March
Canopy at Eco-Couture Fashion Show at FIU in March

There’s still time to RSVP for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Art Week reception this week.

Join USGBC Miami and a coalition of several other environmental organizations to preview the Freedom in Nature: Waves Above the Horizon installation as part of Freebee’s “FREEDOM” Experiment. This is the first free, collaborative, eco-installation at Art Basel Miami! Come engage in an interactive experience allowing visitors to not only see, hear, smell, and touch, but to actually take part in the masterpiece!Various community artists have found unique ways to pull elements from the waste stream and repurpose them with other materials, sound, and lighting to create an oceanic ambiance.

One of the installations is being created from hundreds of discarded plastic grocery bags. Teams of volunteers have worked for weeks to assemble the canopy called “Waves Above The Horizon.” The exhibit will be featured during the first of a five-day series by FREEDOM in Wynwood. Each day of the series will celebrate “interpretations of artistic expressions, aiming to define the meaning behind freedom.”

Here’s the FREEDOM full line-up:

Tuesday, December 2nd: LAUNCH OF FREEDOM VIP PREVIEW RECEPTION (Invitation Only)

Wednesday, December 3rd: FREEDOM IN NATURE (Free Event; RSVP Required)

Thursday, December 4th: FREEDOM TO BE DIFFERENT (25th ST. ENTRANCE)

Thursday, December 4th: FREEDOM TO HIP HOP (24th ST. ENTRANCE)

Friday, December 5th: LIBERTAD

Saturday, December 6th: ELECTRIC FREEDOM

Sunday, December 7th: SIMPLY FREEDOM

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FREEDOM gallery with be open to the public with FREE admission from December 4 through December 7 during Miami’s Art Week.

The U.S. Green Building Council program for FREEDOM IN NATURE begins at 7:00 p.m. on December 3rd. Registration is at 6:00 p.m. (with a free drink before 7:00), and the reception begins at 8:00. RSVP FOR WEDNESDAY EVENING’S EVENT HERE

Come learn about ways you can make small changes that will create a big difference! Enjoy an evening of GreenWorking, beverages, light snacks, and good company and be one of the first to see this new and exciting exhibit before it opens to the public for Art Basel!

Miami in the Top Ten US “Most Walkable” Cities

Walk Score BrickellThe City of Miami may have an overall Walk Score of 73 (which puts us in the “Top Ten Most Walkable” cities in the United States) but my little slice of the Magic City in the Central Business District scores a “Walker’s Paradise” rating of 92 while parts of the Brickell Financial District score a 94. What is your city’s Walk Score?



New Urbanism: America’s 10 Most Walkable Cities (via Green Building Elements)

You may know the best bars and restaurants in town, but what’s the ‘walkable’ rating of your city or closest metropolitan area to your home?  Aside from fresh air, exercise, and the ability to bump into new and old acquaintances, walking is beneficial to the environment.   80 Americans are…

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Miami MetroRail Orange Line to Miami International Airport

On July 28, 2012, City of Miami celebrated its “Sweet 116” and the official launching of its MetroRail Orange Line to Miami International Airport.  The new Orange Line runs on existing track from the Dadeland South Metrorail station north to the Earlington Heights station where is separates and continues to the airport. The MIA station is located at the developing Miami Central Station which also houses the gorgeous Rental Car Center. From there, passengers board  the MIA Mover, a USGBC LEED Gold-certified automated people mover to the airport terminal.

I attended opening day, riding the train between MIA and Downtown’s Government Center station, taking photos and video along the way: