Celebrating Planet Earth @ Frost Science

On April 20th, one of my favorite places in Miami – Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science – is hosting an all day series of events in honor of Earth Day 2019.

photo courtesy: Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

Start your day off with a chance to make a difference with a MUVE led clean-up of our local green spaces and bay. Then continue your day by joining the global movement to take care of our planet by learning about the three Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – before chatting with our experts and meeting some of our Frost Science endangered and threatened species through special animal encounters. Connect with onsite scientists who are working on making corals more resilient so they can survive in warmer oceans and discover how important bees are in pollination by participating in a bee pollination relay race. Don’t miss out as it’s sure to be a buzzing day!

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

“Celebrating Planet Earth” events are included in the regular science museum ticket. For more information and ticket purchases, please visit: Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

LOCATION: Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
TIME AND DATE: April 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Making Miami Sweeter & Greener – Free Fruit Trees

In celebration of Arbor Day 2019, the City of Miami is giving away fruit trees to residents on April 13th, 20th, and 27th. “Help make Miami greener & sweeter!”

The Planning Department’s Environmental Resources Division will be hosting fruit tree giveaways in each of the City’s 5 Districts.

City of Miami residents will have an opportunity to receive up to 2 trees per household as part of the City’s Arbor Day festivities. The City will be distributing 1,000 trees between the 5 districts.

City of Miami

Dates & Locations:

  • District 1: Grapeland Park – April 13, 2019: 9-11 am
  • District 2: Armbrister Park – April 27, 2019: 9-11 am
  • District 3: Jose Marti Park – April 20, 2019: 9-11 am
  • District 4: Shenandoah Park – April 20, 2019: 1-3 pm
  • District 5: Hadley Park – April 13, 2019: 1-3 pm

The Details:

  • You MUST be a City of Miami resident. Residents are encouraged to attend the giveaway in their district. Proof of City of Miami residency will be required on the day of the event. Unincorporated Miami-Dade County residents are not eligible to receive a tree.
  • Residents MUST complete the online registration form.
  • Residents MUST bring any of the following as proof of residency:
    • Driver’s License
    • State Issued ID
    • Utility Bill (Cable, Electric, Water)
  • The address provided on the registration form MUST match the address on the proof of residency.
  • Should you register and you live outside of the City of Miami boundaries, your registration will be cancelled. This giveaway is for City of Miami residents ONLY. If you are unsure about whether you live in the City of Miami, please use this link to check your address: http://maps.miamigov.com/miamizoning/
  • Fruit trees types (subject to availability): Mango • Soursop • Papaya • Guava • Lychee
  • Tree quantities for each fruit are limited and will be given away to registrants on a first come first serve basis.
  • A maximum of 2 trees per household.
  • BE SURE TO SELECT HOW MANY TREES YOU WANT. Select 1 ticket for 1 tree and 2 tickets for 2 trees.
  • Should you register for more than 2 trees for your household, your registration will be cancelled.

For more information, please email EnvironmentalRes@miamigov.com or call 305-416-1416.

Miami-Dade County Sea Level Rise Workshops

Miami-Dade County’s Office of Resilience is seeking your input in a series of workshops addressing sea level rise in Miami. The next two workshops are scheduled for April 10 in North Miami Beach & April 13 in Palmetto Bay.

Parts of Miami-Dade County are already routinely impacted by flooding, and local sea levels are projected to be approximately two feet higher than they are now by 2060. Miami is one of a handful of locations in the world expected to be hardest hit with sea level rise, but this also means that our region will be testing ground for climate change solutions. With that in mind, Miami-Dade County would like your input “on how you would like to see your community adapt to accommodate more water.” Community members are asked for their opinions on the social, environmental and economic impacts of sea level rise, and to help devise strategies to address those anticipated impacts.

Registration & Locations

No expertise is required, and there will be technical experts on hand to answer questions. Children are welcome. There will be games and activities for all ages. Refreshments will be provided.

If you are unable to attend one of the workshops, you can still provide ideas on how to address sea level rise. Take the online survey and your suggestions will be considered in the County’s strategy. Survey is available in English, Creole and Spanish.

Greening Your Home – a USGBC GREENWorking Event

Join the U.S. Green Building Council on Wednesday, April 10th, in Coral Gables &/or Thursday, April 11th, in Boca Raton for a unique social experience. Come learn about the latest products and technologies to help you live a more sustainable lifestyle; and network with like-minded industry professionals with a passion for sustainability. Registration is required.

DATES, TIMES & LOCATIONS

  • Wednesday, April 10, 2018 7pm — Miele Experience Center, 4218 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL 33146
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2018 7pm — Miele Experience Center, 7680 Federal Hwy, Boca Raton, FL 33487

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Scientists Capture a Record 17-foot Python in Florida

A New Record and The Research ContinuesThis female was over 17 feet long, weighed 140 pounds, and contained 73…

Posted by Big Cypress National Preserve on Friday, April 5, 2019

Researchers at Big Cypress National Preserve caught the largest python ever found in the Everglades area just west of Miami. According to the Facebook post that accompanied the eye-popping photo, the female python was more than 17 feet long, weighed 140 pounds, and contained 73 developing eggs.

Scientists explained they were using a new research program using radio transmitters to track male pythons back to their nests to locate breeding females. It was this tracking program that lead the team to this giant breeding female.

The team not only removes the invasive snakes, but collects data for research, develop new removal tools, and learn how the pythons are using the Preserve.

Big Cypress National Preserve Facebook post

In 2013, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission held the Great Python Challenge.

It was conceived as a way to raise awareness about this invasive species’ threat to our native wildlife and our fragile Everglades ecosytem. The snakes, which grow to around 15 feet and can weigh more than 200 pounds, have no natural predators in Florida. The pythons are known to eat our protected Key Deer, alligators, endangered wood storks – whatever they can catch. And they are voracious eaters according to The Nature Conservancy, eating nearly 200 pounds of food in five years.

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Beginning in 2017, the South Florida Water Management District created the Python Elimination Program which “incentivizes a limited number of public-spirited individuals to humanely euthanize these destructive snakes, which have become an apex predator in the Everglades.”

While researchers have been hard pressed to provide specific population numbers in the Everglades, a rapid number of increased sightings from 2005 to 2010 is concerning. The species was once relegated to only Everglades National Park and Miami-Dade County, but recent tracking shows pythons are moving westward into locations such as Big Cypress National Preserve and northward into Broward and Palm Beach counties.


The snake is the largest python ever removed from Big Cypress National Preserve, a 729,000-acre expanse of swampland west of Miami in South Florida, according to a statement Friday on the preserve’s Facebook page.

South Florida Water Management District

Zara Brickell City Centre Certified LEED Gold

Zara International Fashion‘s retail store at 701 South Miami Avenue in Brickell City Centre was awarded LEED Gold certification on April 1, 2019.

Front of Zara store showing glass doors with a woman walking through & the shop windows with brightly lit displays
Zara at Brickell City Centre, 201 South Miami Avenue (photo courtesy: Phillip Pessar CC by 2.0 Flicker)

Zara, part of the Inditex family of fashion brands, opened their 30,851 square foot, two-story retail location at Brickell City Centre in December 2017. Zara offers clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and children.

Zara’s story begins with the opening of our first store in the Spanish coastal city of A Coruña in 1975, an early milestone in our company’s long history. Over the years, Zara has remained faithful to its core values, expressed simply in the same four key words that define all our stores: beauty, clarity, functionality and sustainability.

Zara – Inditex

Zara achieved Gold-level certification in the “LEED for Interior Design and Construction: Retail v3 – LEED 2009” category offered by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED for Interior Design and Construction provides “the opportunity to develop indoor spaces that are better for the planet and for people” for retail, hospitality & other commercial properties when the company does not own/control the building itself.

In addition to seeking LEED ID+C certification in their retail outlets, Zara has built it’s brand around sustainability in fashion.

Zara’s “Join Life” collection and the eco-stores are two examples that underline the brand’s unwavering focus on sustainability and improved customer experience. These developments have been further enriched by a range of new and innovative projects, such as the installation of clothing recycling containers in-store and a scheme providing for free at-home collection of used garments to complement the delivery of online orders.

Zara – Inditex

Congratulations to Zara for their commitment to responsible fashion and for obtaining their LEED Gold certification at Brickell City Centre!

Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Dr. Thomas K. Frazer as Chief Science Officer

photo of Tom Frazer in the field with blue skies and palm trees in the background
Thomas K. Frazer (photo credit: Florida Climate Institute)

Yesterday, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of University of Florida’s Dr. Thomas K. Frazer as Florida’s first “Chief Science Officer.”

Creation of the position is part of Executive Order 19-12 (Achieving More Now for Florida’s Environment) signed by Governor DeSantis in January.

“As one of Florida’s leading environmental researchers, Dr. Frazer understands the unique water issues facing our state and the actions we must take to solve them. Since day one, my administration has been laser focused on addressing our pressing environmental challenges and commitment to science-based solutions. With science at the center, Florida can lead the world in environmental innovation and water quality improvement.”

Governor Ron DeSantis
Dr. Tom Frazer collects seagrass along Florida’s Gulf coast in an effort to better understand the effects of excess nutrients and other contaminants on their health. ( 2010 Annual Research Report Photo. UF/IFAS Photo by Tyler Jones)

The choice of Dr. Frazer has met with praise from Florida’s leading environmentalists.

Yesterday’s announcement reflects Dr. Frazer’s impressive credentials and an equally impressive priority for science. Dr. Frazer is one of the nation’s premiere researchers, one who is well acquainted with the unique water challenges facing Florida. Governor DeSantis’ appointment of a Chief Science Officer is itself a historic occasion, one that signals that sound science will be at the core of Florida policy affecting the environment.

Eric Eikenberg, CEO of the Everglades Foundation

With our solid foundation in science as our guiding conservation principle, we thank Governor DeSantis for his bold hiring of Dr. Frazer to the position of Chief Science Officer for the state of Florida. In our long partnership with Secretary Valenstein and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and now more broadly with Dr. Frazer, we look forward to additional opportunities to serve the citizens of and visitors to Florida.

Temperince Morgan, Executive Director of the Florida Chapter of the Nature Conservancy
Thomas K Frazer (photo credit: University of Florida)

Thomas K. Frazer is a Professor and the Director of the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Florida. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries Biology, a Master’s Degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences. According to his resume, Dr. Frazer’s research “addresses contemporary and emerging environmental issues, and it is, by nature, interdisciplinary” and “has authored and/or co-authored more than 175 peer-reviewed publications, technical reports, and book chapters.”

Thank You for Supporting the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act

Representative Ted Deutch (D-FL-22), along with six co-sponsors, introduced the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. Since then, 21 additional Representatives have added their names in support. Thank you to the following Representatives for signing on as co-sponsors so far:

  • Rep. Levin, Mike [D-CA-49] 03/27/2019
  • Rep. Cisneros, Gilbert Ray, Jr. [D-CA-39] 03/26/2019
  • Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13] 03/26/2019
  • Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2] 03/25/2019
  • Rep. Rouda, Harley [D-CA-48] 03/25/2019
  • Rep. Sires, Albio [D-NJ-8] 03/21/2019
  • Rep. Malinowski, Tom [D-NJ-7] 03/21/2019
  • Rep. Craig, Angie [D-MN-2] 03/18/2019
  • Rep. Schiff, Adam B. [D-CA-28] 03/08/2019
  • Rep. DeSaulnier, Mark [D-CA-11] 03/07/2019
  • Rep. Pingree, Chellie [D-ME-1] 03/06/2019
  • Rep. Connolly, Gerald E. [D-VA-11] 03/04/2019
  • Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9] 02/22/2019
  • Rep. Speier, Jackie [D-CA-14] 02/12/2019
  • Rep. Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9] 02/11/2019
  • Rep. Wild, Susan [D-PA-7] 02/08/2019
  • Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20] 02/07/2019
  • Rep. Carbajal, Salud O. [D-CA-24] 01/30/2019
  • Rep. Johnson, Henry C. “Hank,” Jr. [D-GA-4] 01/29/2019
  • Rep. Phillips, Dean [D-MN-3] 01/28/2019
  • Rep. Rooney, Francis [R-FL-19] 01/24/2019 (original co-sponsor)
  • Rep. Chu, Judy [D-CA-27] 01/24/2019 (original co-sponsor)
  • Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18] 01/24/2019 (original co-sponsor)
  • Rep. Peters, Scott H. [D-CA-52] 01/24/2019 (original co-sponsor)
  • Rep. Crist, Charlie [D-FL-13] 01/24/2019 (original co-sponsor)
  • Rep. Lipinski, Daniel [D-IL-3] 01/24/2019 (original co-sponsor)

For more information about H.R.763 – Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019: