Coral Gables Sued Over Styrofoam Ban

Florida Retail Federation has filed suit on behalf of its members to prevent the City of Coral Gables from enforcing their expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) ban. Florida Retail Federation is a powerful lobbying group representing corporations like Publix, Target, Walmart, and Super Progreso (which owns a 7-Eleven franchise in Coral Gables). The City of Coral Gables

5 Ways Florida Celebrates World Oceans Day

On June 8th each year, we celebrate the ocean, its importance in our lives, and how we can protect it. Florida is a peninsula, surrounded on 3 sides by the ocean, so Floridians understand how important it is. A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival. Every year, World Oceans Day provides a unique

Florida Brewery Creates Edible Six Pack Rings to Save Marine Life

This is just sheer awesomeness for marine animals, seabirds and, frankly, all wildlife (including the human kind)! Saltwater Brewery, a craft beer brewery located in Delray Beach Florida, in partnership with We Believers in New York, has invented six-pack rings made from barley and wheat, two by-products of the beer brewing process. The 3D-printed six-pack rings

7th Annual Southeast Florida Climate Leadership Summit – December 1-3 in Key West

Monroe County and the City of Key West are pleased to host the 7th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit on December 1-3, 2015. The annual summit is coordinated by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, a partnership between Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe and Palm Beach counties, their municipalities and other partners. The Climate

Florida Power & Light Ends Most Energy-Efficiency Rebates

Florida Power & Light has again reduced or eliminated rebates for various energy-efficiency residential upgrades. As of Oct. 1, rebates for the following residential programs have been discontinued: Duct, Roof Coating and Membranes; Roof Replacement; Solar Photovoltaics (PV); Solar Water Heating; and all air-conditioning units except for straight cool, air cooled units with a SEER

Tampa Pledges to Create the World’s First “WELL Certified City District”

“WELL” is a relatively new concept focused on improving “the people live by developing spaces that enhance occupant health and quality of life“. The WELL Building Standard encompasses seven categories of human well-being – air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind – and the building must perform in each to receive certification. And now, “Delos®,

Don’t throw trash in our waterway. This is why.

You may have already seen this on social media – perhaps the most painful 8 minutes I’ve seen in a long time. It reminds me of the rough-toothed dolphin stranding in 2005, where I witnessed a dedicated veterinarian remove an old aluminium can from the stomach of a dolphin. And I do mean “old” –

Medina Aquarius Program at Florida International University

I had no idea that FIU had such a program until I stumbled across it on Google’s underwater street views. Views: Aquarius Reef Base, Florida Keys – United States of America by Google Maps According to FIU’s Aquarius website, The Medina Aquarius Program is dedicated to the study and preservation of marine ecosystems worldwide. As

Love to Dive? Love the Environment?

Coral Restoration Foundation has a voluntourism vacation just for you! Divers interested in aiding in reef restoration and participating in coral restoration and propagation can join marine scientists with Key Largo’s nonprofit Coral Restoration Foundation in an ongoing mission to preserve the coral reefs of the Florida Keys. Participants learn about environmental impacts on Florida’s

Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet

Today is “World Oceans Day” and South Florida is celebrating. It’s no wonder given that we are surrounded by ocean. World Oceans Day, held every June 8th, is the United Nations-recognized day of ocean celebration and action. People all over our blue planet organize celebrations – which can be a huge event in your community,