ACEEE Flunks City of Miami’s Sustainability Efforts

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy gave the City of Miami government only 28.50 points out of a possible 100 in their annual review of how municipalities around the country are implementing energy-efficient policies and programs.  Ouch. ACEEE’s State and Local Policy Database includes comprehensive information on energy efficiency policies currently implemented at the state and local

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

Coral Gables Museum Receives Grant to Expand Green City Program

The Coral Gables Museum announced that it “has received a $200,000 grant from the State of Florida’s Department of Education to expand its Green City Program and provide it at no cost to all K-12 students in Miami-Dade County.” The Green City Program is dedicated to the practice and purpose of teaching future generations about designing

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

Last Chance to Adopt-A-Tree This Year

Just a reminder that Sunday, September 14, from 9:00 to noon is the last Adopt-A-Tree day for the year. Sunday’s event takes place at Miami Dade College North Campus, located at 11380 NW 27 Avenue, Miami, FL 33167.

Think Green – What is LEED

The City of Miami’s Office of Sustainable Initiatives presents . The 9 minute video gives “an overview of the sustainable Initiatives happening around the city, specifically as they pertain to urban development.” Jason Biondi, owner and sustainability consultant with Energy Cost Solutions Group; Pablo Gonzalez, Director of Sustainability at Arellano Construction Company; and Susie Glass,

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

EnergyCAP to Save $2 Million Annually for Miami-Dade County

In a news release issued earlier this week, Miami-Dade County announced the launch of EnergyCAP, a new energy management software which quantifies the County’s electricity consumption and associated costs. EnergyCAP enables the County to measure, manage, and monitor the performance of more than 1,500 facilities, including Miami International Airport, PortMiami, 70 fire stations, 100 parks,