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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Green Mile 2019 5K Run/Walk – February 16

Join Miami’s only eco-run this Sunday, February 16, on the Miami Beach Boardwalk at the 22nd Street entrance. The annual 5K mini-marathon coordinated by USGBC Miami helps promote healthy and sustainable lifestyles! Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m., the race starts at 9:00, and winners will be announced at 10:15 a.m. Discounts for pre-registration, and for teams of 5 or more.

2019 Green Mile flyer - USGBC Miami

U.S. Green Building Council Florida is working to make healthy, sustainable buildings a reality for the Sunshine State within a generation. Our diverse membership is comprised of builders, architects, engineers, environmentalists, nonprofits, corporations, students and individuals, providing our nonprofit organization with not only a remarkable passion for sustainability and green building, but also a wealth of knowledge and industry access at every level. As part of a large network that is creating sustainable places to live, work and play across the entire country, our amazing volunteers and staff work both collaboratively and independently to fulfill USGBC’s mission here in Florida.

https://usgbcflorida.wildapricot.org/Miami-Branch

701 Brickell Avenue Re-certified LEED Gold

701 Brickell Avenue, a 33-floor office building in the Brickell Financial District, has earned its Gold level re-certification for “LEED 2009 Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance”.

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701 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL (photo courtesy: Daniel Christensen – CC BY-SA 3.0 Wikipedia)

701 Brickell was originally built in 1986, and is currently owned by TIAA–CREF. It contains 677,677 rentable square feet of Class A office space. The lobby soars 38-feet with floor-to-ceiling windows; and the building includes electric vehicle car charging stations, a 10,000 square foot, tenant-only fitness center, a cafe, convenience store, hair salon, a full service car wash, shoe shine service, dry cleaners, and a flower shop.

A chart showing the points accumulated in each category for the LEED O+M Gold certification

The LEED (Leadership in Engineering and Environmental Design) for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance rating system is a tool for greening existing buildings, and identifies and rewards best practices and measures environmental achievement. LEED also provides an outline for how buildings can use less energy, water and fewer natural resources; improve the indoor environment; and uncover operating inefficiencies.

Ashley Katz, communications coordinator for the U.S. Green Building Council

According to TLC Engineering Solutions, the firm hired to assist with 701 Brickell’s 2013 re-certification:

The 25-year-old Miami high-rise had a history of operational excellence, consistently reaching ENERGY STAR goals; the building was one of the few in ASHRAE Zone 1 with insulated glass and the water-cooled chilled water system already contributed to significant energy savings. Goals for enhancing the building and becoming LEED certified included reduced operating costs, improved marketability and a desirable indoor environmental quality for tenants.

701 Brickell was originally certified “LEED EB O&M v2009 Gold” in 2010, re-certified in 2013, and now again on October 31, 2018. 701 Brickell was also awarded the U.S. Green Building Council’s “Best of Building Award, Best LEED O+M” in 2014.

Miami Realtor® Achieves National Association of Realtors® Green Designation

Miami, FL December 12, 2016 – Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate is pleased to announce that Melanie Dawn Molina Wood recently earned her NAR GREEN designation, the only green real estate professional designation recognized by the National Association of Realtors. She joins an elite group of just 16 Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate agents in Florida (and the only one in Miami-Dade County) to achieve this designation.

Molina Wood achieved this prestigious designation after completing topic-specific course work designed specifically for REALTORS®. The designation courses were created in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of industry experts from across the country; ensuring designees gain comprehensive knowledge of green homes and issues of resource-efficiency in relation to real estate and home owners.

Melanie Dawn Molina Wood, Realtor, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

More specifically, Molina Wood was trained in understanding what makes a property green, helping clients evaluate the cost/benefits of resource-efficient features and practices, distinguishing between industry rating and classification systems, listing and marketing green homes and buildings, discussing the financial grants and incentives available to homeowners, and understanding how buyer and seller preferences may be inspired by resource-efficiency.

“By earning the designation, Melanie Dawn has made the commitment to provide the highest level of professional real estate service to her customers. Builder and consumer adoption of sustainability is rapidly growing and Melanie Dawn is uniquely positioned to guide her clients interested in a more sustainable home buying process,” said Dianne Regalado Kammerer, branch manager of the Brickell and Key Biscayne offices.

“Living green is about making healthy choices that are also easy on your wallet. NAR Green Designees have the necessary resources and relationships to effectively work with you to find your next home or assess your next green project.” said Marc Gould, Vice President of NAR’s Green Designation. NAR’s Green Designation was developed in response to growing consumer awareness of the benefits of resource-efficient homes and buildings. The designation helps consumers understand the positive impact of home performance and identify REALTORS® who can help them realize their green real estate and lifestyle goals.

Molina Wood is also an accredited LEED Green Associate and has her Eco-Broker certification. For more information about Melanie Dawn Molina Wood, please visit www.MelanieinMiami.com or e-mail MelanieinMiami@gmail.com.

Freedom in Nature: Waves Above the Horizon

Canopy at Eco-Couture Fashion Show at FIU in March
Canopy at Eco-Couture Fashion Show at FIU in March

There’s still time to RSVP for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Art Week reception this week.

Join USGBC Miami and a coalition of several other environmental organizations to preview the Freedom in Nature: Waves Above the Horizon installation as part of Freebee’s “FREEDOM” Experiment. This is the first free, collaborative, eco-installation at Art Basel Miami! Come engage in an interactive experience allowing visitors to not only see, hear, smell, and touch, but to actually take part in the masterpiece!Various community artists have found unique ways to pull elements from the waste stream and repurpose them with other materials, sound, and lighting to create an oceanic ambiance.

One of the installations is being created from hundreds of discarded plastic grocery bags. Teams of volunteers have worked for weeks to assemble the canopy called “Waves Above The Horizon.” The exhibit will be featured during the first of a five-day series by FREEDOM in Wynwood. Each day of the series will celebrate “interpretations of artistic expressions, aiming to define the meaning behind freedom.”

Here’s the FREEDOM full line-up:

Tuesday, December 2nd: LAUNCH OF FREEDOM VIP PREVIEW RECEPTION (Invitation Only)

Wednesday, December 3rd: FREEDOM IN NATURE (Free Event; RSVP Required)

Thursday, December 4th: FREEDOM TO BE DIFFERENT (25th ST. ENTRANCE)

Thursday, December 4th: FREEDOM TO HIP HOP (24th ST. ENTRANCE)

Friday, December 5th: LIBERTAD

Saturday, December 6th: ELECTRIC FREEDOM

Sunday, December 7th: SIMPLY FREEDOM

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FREEDOM gallery with be open to the public with FREE admission from December 4 through December 7 during Miami’s Art Week.

The U.S. Green Building Council program for FREEDOM IN NATURE begins at 7:00 p.m. on December 3rd. Registration is at 6:00 p.m. (with a free drink before 7:00), and the reception begins at 8:00. RSVP FOR WEDNESDAY EVENING’S EVENT HERE

Come learn about ways you can make small changes that will create a big difference! Enjoy an evening of GreenWorking, beverages, light snacks, and good company and be one of the first to see this new and exciting exhibit before it opens to the public for Art Basel!

USGBC Inforgraphic: LEED in the World

USGBC LEED in the World infographic
LEED registered & certified projects in the world as of April 2013; courtesy USGBC

 

The U.S. Green Building Council has a new, easy to read, infographic called “LEED in the World”. It lists the number of registered and certified LEED projects internationally, along with the top 10 countries with green buildings.

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design and is an internationally recognized program “that provides third-party verification of green buildings. Building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. Prerequisites and credits differ for each rating system, and teams choose the best fit for the project. Learn more about LEED, the facts, and the LEED rating systems.”

According to the USGBC’s website, building to LEED standards can:

  • Lower operating costs and increase asset value
  • Conserve energy, water and other resources
  • Be healthier and safer for occupants
  • Qualify for money-saving incentives, like tax rebates and zoning allowances

Perhaps this is why, as the USGBC notes, the “numbers show the explosive growth of the green building movement beyond North America, demonstrating the growing global consensus about the worldwide imperative to green the built environment.”

New USGBC report: more than 4.3 million people live and work in LEED-certified buildings

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The U.S. Green Building Council has released its  LEED in Motion: People and Progress report this month. Highlights from the report:

  • USGBC estimates that more than 4.3 million people live and work in LEED-certified buildings, with more than 6.2 million people experiencing a LEED-certified project each day.
  • USGBC estimates that there are 93,120 bedrooms in the 10,714 LEED-certified single-family homes and 1,236 LEED-certified multifamily buildings.
  • Global presence of LEED Professionals: Outside the U.S., Canada leads in LEED credentials held (6,361) followed by South Korea (874) and China (779).

LEED in Motion is a series of reports about the green building movement nationally and internationally, available exclusively to USGBC members, and “equipping readers with the numbers and insight they need to build a strong case for sustainability.”

2013 State of Our Schools Report from the Center for Green Schools at USGBC

U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL 2013 STATE OF OUR SCHOOLS

"2013 State of Our Schools" Report from the Center for Green Schools at USGBC Calls for Immediate Examination of America's School Facilities (via PR Newswire)

Download image Report includes foreword from former President Bill Clinton and highlights $271 billion deficit to bring school facilities up to working order WASHINGTON, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today released…

An Evening at the Palms Hotel & Spa – USGBC Miami

This past Wednesday, I joined my fellow members of the US Green Building Council – Miami chapter – for “An Evening at the Palms Hotel & Spa”. Beginning the evening at the on-site Organic Chef’s Garden for a tour and tasting, we then convened in Queen Palm (one of nine meeting rooms available at the hotel) for the “Inspired by Nature” program. We ended with a tour of the hotel and spa.

The Palms, located at 3025 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach, was originally built in the 1960’s and purchased by Hans-Joachim and Ursula Krause in the early 1990’s, going through several name changes over the years. Still owned and operated by the Krause’s and their daughters, Nicola Meyer and Katja Janzon, the Palms underwent a 20 million dollar renovation in 2008 – 2009 that incorporated green features and a shift to green operational practices.

Their philosophy statement says, “Nature is what inspires everything we do at The Palms Hotel & Spa, from the décor to products & services offered to our core company values. Our commitment to preserving the environment and to care for the world we live is expressed in all elements of our guest experience, and beyond into the local community.” Tanja Morariu’s presentation illustrated how the philosophy is applied throughout the hotel.

Currently, 85% of the lighting has been retro-fitted to LED and they expect to have 95% completed by the end of 2013. They have also installed motion sensors for the lighting in administrative offices and other non-guest areas plus centralized lighting/heating efficiency controls. Next year, the east windows will be replaced with energy-saving engineered glass.

So far, one-third of their toilets are dual-flush and using grey water. The eco-friendly commodes have sinks on top of the tanks for hand washing. The used water then drains into the toilet tank for the next flush. The luxurious “rain” shower heads and faucets are low flow at 1.5 GPM. Guests also have the option to re-use their towels and linens during their stay, thereby conserving approximately 7 gallons of water plus electricity from extra laundering.

The hotel has recycling bins available throughout the hotel, including in all guests rooms, allowing for cardboard, plastic, paper and metal to be recycled. Batteries and light bulbs are kept out of the landfills; and the hotel allows employees to bring these types of items from home for proper disposal through the hotel.

The staff cafeteria uses no disposable items. When an employee is hired, they are given their own beverage bottle (which are also for sale in the gift shop). This initiative alone saves the hotel about $10,000 per year in addition to being great for the environment.

Hotel staff uses Green Seal cleaning supplies, no aerosol at all, and 100% post-consumer recycled paper with soy ink when available. Even the pens provided in the meeting room were partly made of recycled cardboard. Dry cleaning and laundry services are all green certified as well.

Attesting to their commitment to community as well as the environment, the Palms donates “mildly used” soaps, shampoos, towels, linens and paper items to Camillus House and http://www.cleantheworld.org/
The Palms also maintains the stretch of beach in front of the hotel through the Adopt-A-Beach program sponsored by the City of Miami Beach and ECOMB (Environmental Coalition of Miami & the Beaches), and participates in coastal clean-up projects throughout the year. http://ecomb.org/programs/litter-prevention/adopt-a-beach-program/

In 2011, the Palms Hotel & Spa won the Miami Chamber of Commerce Sustainable South Florida Award in the Green Practices Category. They have also been recognized as one of only 17 Miami Beach hotels to receive Florida’s Green Lodging Program designation and have achieved a 3-key rating through the Canadian-based International Green Key Eco-Rating Program. http://www.greenkeyglobal.com/default.asp

Tomorrow: The Palms Essensia Restaurant, Chef Julie Frans and her wonderful organic garden