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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EPA: Multi-Family Housing Near Public Transit is Greener. Melanie Dawn: And in Miami, it’s Beautiful, too!

The EPA has just released a white paperconfirming what most of us know intuitively: multi-family housing located near public transportation is generally “greener” than any other type of housing.  Their graph tells the story very well:

It illustrates the two key points in the study about the relationship between housing style/location and energy consumption:

• “Choosing to live in an area with transportation options not only reduces energy consumption, it also can result in significant savings on home energy and transportation costs.”


• “Fairly substantial differences are seen in detached versus attached homes, but the most striking difference is the variation in energy use between single-family detached homes and multifamily homes, due to the inherent efficiencies from more compact size and shared walls among units.”

The EPA study also included a surprising correlation between proximity to public transportation and foreclosure rates:

“Location efficiency can contribute to or undermine a home’s affordability, and these impacts can also extend to a household’s financial stability. One analysis of some of the causes behind the U.S. financial crisis suggests that vehicle ownership and a lack of access to public transportation may be just as predictive of mortgage foreclosure rates as low credit scores and high debt-to-income ratios.”

In his 2010 book, “Foreclosing the Dream: How America’s Housing Crisis is Changing Our Cities and Suburbs,” Dr. William Lucy, professor of urban and environmental planning at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, said much the same thing:

““Location is more important than ever, and how location is interpreted has changed,” Lucy said.


With foreclosures and repossessions contributing to housing surplus predominantly in the outer suburbs and suburbs, these locations are not considered as being safe investments or as having good resale potential for 30- to 45-year-olds, who later need to sell for career advancement.”

Dr. Lucy and the EPA white paper also seem to be in agreement with other market studies that discuss the increasing demand for urban multi-family housing close to public transportation. The EPA study references a 2010 analysis completed by RCLCO and wrote, “that demographic changes are underway which are leading to rapid growth in the number of households without children. These households demonstrate a preference for more walkable, vibrant “urban” places with good transit access…”

In Miami we have been reading about this shift for several years now. In an October 2006 Miami Herald article by Elaine Walker, she talks to Allen and Stella Donelan about why they are moving to Downtown Dadeland:

“He also hates the hour-long commute to his U.S. Post Office job — he will cut that by two-thirds. With the Metrorail virtually next door, the Donelans plan to get rid of their second car.”

Multi-family housing located in “walkable” neighborhoods near public transportation and other amenities allows residents to save on transportation and other energy costs while living green.

And in Miami this means living on some of the most beautiful real estate anywhere in the country. The corridor from the northern edge of Downtown Miami, through Brickell, Coconut Grove, South Miami and Downtown Kendall/Dadeland boasts mid- and high-rise condominiums with Biscayne Bay views as well as attached and detached homes in tropical garden settings.

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Park(ing) Day in Coconut Grove This Friday

The US Green Building Council’s South Florida Chapter Emerging Professionals will be participating in this Friday’s “Park(ing) Day,” a worldwide event that inspires city dwellers everywhere to transform metered parking spots into temporary parks.  Started in 2005, Park(ing) Day is a way to draw attention to the need for more public parks in urban areas. This year’s local event is scheduled to take place between 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. along McFarlane Road in Coconut Grove. Donations and support will be provided by Pie Studio, Home Depot, AFH, the City of Miami, Coconut Grove community organizers, the NET, the BID and the Miami Parking Authority. The MPA has designated 10 metered parking spaces along McFarlane Road which will be transformed into temporary urban parks for the day. Commissioners Sarnoff and Suarez are scheduled to appear, and the public is invited to attend.


USGBC Emerging Professionalsare the energetic and dynamic leaders of tomorrow’s green building movement. The program is geared toward individuals out of school and under 30, but does not exclude anyone who may be interested. USGBC Emerging Professionals seek to engage all those who are interested in learning about and advocating for sustainable building practices. So who are Emerging Professionals? Certainly many are young architects and engineers, but they also include young lawyers, education and healthcare professionals, sustainability consultants, and anyone else interested in the future of green building.”