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City Commission Approves Construction of Art and Science Museums in Downtown’s Museum Park (Miami, FL) The City of Miami Commission today approved three resolutions that allow the construction of the Miami Art Museum and Miami Science Museum’s new facilities to begin as part of the Museum Park Miami project. “Today is a great day in the City of Miami.
Market gardening is the commercial production of vegetables, fruits, flowers, and other plants, on a scale larger than a home garden, yet small enough that many of the principles of horticulture can be applied. It is oriented toward local direct marketing, such as farmers markets. The Market Gardening course is comprised of eight classes as well as hands-on activities which together cover the different aspects of the design, startup and operations of a successful, sustainable market gardening business. Presentations for Market Gardening Click here to view a wonderful article by Sarasota Herald Tribune on Dr. Robert Kluson's Market Gardening Classes.
Welcome to the Small Farm and Ranch Program of Sarasota County Extension. Here you will find resources and programs highlighting opportunities for county residents to participate in the local food system of Sarasota County. This program seeks to assist small and mid-size landowners who are considering growing crops and animals for profit or personal use. It makes available the latest information designed for both beginning and experienced small farmers and ranchers. To put things in perspective, small farms represented more than 90% of all farms in Florida, based on the USDA definition of up to $250,000 in sales .
The food system of any community can be defined as the "Who, What, Where, When, Why and How of our food from farm to plate ". In other words, how does the system of food production, processing, distribution, consumption and waste management function to provide all of us with our food needs. A sustainable food system is collaborative network of farmers, consumers and communities to partner to create a more locally based, self-reliant food system. Here is a list of 10 reasons to buy local foods that is offered by Vern Grubinger of the University of Vermont Extension Locally grown food tastes better Local produce is better for you Local food preserves genetic diversity Local food is safe Local food supports local families Local food builds community Local food preserves open space Local food keeps taxes down Local food benefits the environment and wildlife Local food is an investment in the future
Ocean Futures Society is proud to offer autographed copies of our new four-book series, Explore the National Marine Sanctuaries with Jean-Michel Cousteau . Autographed copies of West Coast and Southeast are shipping now! Explore the National Marine Sanctuaries with Jean-Michel Cousteau -- Four-Book Series From the Southeast Preface: The National Marine Sanctuary sites were designated in part because they were imperiled. Created more than 100 years after the national park system, these underwater treasures have been more difficult to explore and we have worked hard to learn their true value.
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If green is the new black then social entrepreneurship is the hottest rising trend, but it is a trend that seems here to stay. Indeed, the realization that making a profit can also have a positive impact on the communities in which businesses operate is solidifying in the marketplace. As consumers become more socially and green-aware, there is increasing demand for products and services that respect the environments and people around us all.
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Green Buildings in Miami Buildings in the City of Miami total over 280 million square feet, have an estimated value greater than $53 billion, and consume over 5 million MWH of electricity per year. The building sector represents over 50% of Miami’s greenhouse gas emissions and almost all building energy comes from electricity, which is fairly unique in the US.
Welcome to ECOMB’s New Headquarters and future home of the On December 2009, after many years of negotiations with the City of Miami Beach, and with the full support of its staff, specially Mayor Matti Bower, City Manager Jorge Gonzalez, Assistant City Manager Hilda Fernandez, the City’s Asset Management Office staff, and all City Commissioners – Michael Gongora, Jerry Libbin, Jonah Wolfson, Deede Whithorn, Ed Tobin and Jorge Exposito, the City Commission voted unanimously to allow ECOMB to lease the 210 Second Street property, owned by the City, for an annual nominal amount, and turn it into our new headquarters and environmental education center. In partnership with the City of Miami Beach and other lo cal organizations and businesses, the Center’s goal will be to provide environmental programs and services to residents and visitors, in order to assist them in reducing their personal or business carbon footprint.
With funding from the U. S. Department of Energy and the City of Miami, the Museum has launched a Green Roof Demonstration Project at its current facility. The project will explore different types of green roof designs to learn more about which design could work best in South Florida’s subtropical climate, providing valuable information for the green roof components planned for MiaSci’s new building downtown at Museum Park. In particular, the Museum is interested in learning which design could potentially help retain the most storm water, and which could help keep temperatures coolest, above the roof and inside the building. Working with landscape architects Rana Creek, who recently completed the green roof on the new California Academy of Sciences, the Museum has designed an experiment to test different combinations of soil depth, plantings and irrigation.