Green Key Village: Net Zero Energy Homes

“Imagine receiving your energy bill in the mail and seeing “$0” in the balance owed” This is what Greg Thomas, developer/builder at Green Key Village, is offering with his “net-zero energy” homes in in Central Florida. At Green Key Village our net zero energy homes are designed to produce as much energy as the average

10 Best Cities for Green Homes – Two Florida Cities Make the List

In honor of Earth Day, Redfin analyzed residential real estate listings in each of their service areas from March 2014 to March 2015, looking for those mentioning “green” features. No, Miami did not make the list (this year) but two other Florida cities did! Congratulations Tampa and Orlando. What exactly counts as a green feature in a home? Green

Miami Herald Op-Ed: Climate change a threat to national security

United States Air Force Lt. Ken Eickmann (retired) and Rear Admiral British Royal Navy Neil Morisetti CB (retired) “have seen first-hand how the risks of climate change affect military operations and national security around the world.” That’s why we are visiting Miami this week to meet with a wide range of local leaders to talk about

Sunshine State Turns Its Back on Solar Rebate Programs & “Disruptive” Technology

Last Tuesday, Florida’s Public Service Commission voted 3 – 2 to discontinue all of the State’s solar rebate programs and reduce Florida’s energy-efficiency goals by more than 90 percent by the end of 2015. Meanwhile Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric and Florida Power & Light will receive billions of dollars in new power plants, including a natural gas

What’s a Litter Decomp-O-Meter?

It’s the newest in a series of informational ads from the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Roadside Litter Prevention Education Campaign. The campaign, which was unveiled earlier this spring, aims to reduce the incidence of littering on Florida highways, promote pride in the beauty of Florida’s landscapes and educate Florida motorists about the dangers and

South Florida’s SuperGreen Solutions Expands Into Canada and Panama

SuperGreen Solutions is a franchise retail chain with its headquarters in Palm Beach, Florida, and stores in 15 states. Late last year, SuperGreen Solutions announced that they’ve signed master franchise agreements in Canada and Panama. Master franchisee Francis Gough has signed 10-unit development deal for three provinces in Canada, including British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

New South Florida Federal Building Goes For Gold

The new federal office building under construction near I-75 in Miramar, which will house the South Florida headquarters of the FBI, is seeking LEED Gold certification. Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is a program from the U.S. Green Building Council that provides third-party verification of green buildings. “Building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn

Every School Should Have A Garden

Love this graphic from Grow Food Not Lawns and it reminded me of a Miami Herald article I read earlier this year about Leewood K-8 Center public school in Miami. Seventh-grade science teacher, Angela Holbrook, started the project with her class August 2012. They planted an organic food garden near their classroom, and students from

October 15: FPL to offer $9 million in rebates for solar water heaters & solar photovoltaic systems

If you are planning any home or business renovations for 2014, you will want to read this: Florida Power & Light is opening its application period for the 2014 solar rebate program starting at 8:30 a.m. on October 15th. You can apply at Residential Solar Water Heating Rebate: $1,000 per installed solar water heater

April is Water Conservation Month in Florida

According to the Miami-Dade County water conservation website,  “we use approximately 134 gallons of water per capita per day” in our county. In observance of Water Conservation Month, they ask for your pledge to reduce your water usage, and they are ready to help: It’s so simple and beneficial to take easy steps to save