Lifestyle

  • Water: what about it?

    We use it all day, every day. Take a moment to think of all the ways you use water in your daily routine.  It is estimated that the average Miami-Dade County resident uses 134 gallons of water per day. Where does our water come from? How clean is it?  Who manages it?  You should know […]

  • BIG PLANS AHEAD FOR WE-LAB

    Dream in Green’s WE-LAB (Water and Energy – Learning and Behavior) program underwent some changes this past year with the introduction of a new WE-LAB Coordinator to oversee program implementation, changes in the content of the presentation, and the hire of a new Water Use Efficiency Manager in Miami-Dade County to present the information on […]

  • Why are we racing to the next species extinction?

    The words ‘mass extinction event’ are not something we want to hear much less experience in our lifetime. The most famous mass extinction event is the Cretaceous – Tertiary (K.T.) extinction, also known as the end of the dinosaurs.  It is believed that an asteroid barreled into Earth and caused an ‘impact winter’ resulting in the […]

  • Recycle Your Cartons, Miami-Dade County!

    Hey Miami-Dade residents! It’s a new year and it’s time to nurture new, healthy habits. Why not resolve to help improve the environment? One simple way to jump-start your efforts is by remembering to recycle your cartons. All of your favorite food and beverage cartons can live on, long after their contents are gone. This […]

  • WILL ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP HELP SLOW SEA LEVEL RISE IN THE 21ST CENTURY?

    Introduction The science behind sea level rise is now unquestionable: the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities releases enormous amounts of greenhouse gases which trap heat in the atmosphere and cause the Earth’s surface temperature to rise. As the atmosphere warms, ocean water absorbs extra heat and glaciers and ice sheets melt; not […]

  • How Do Small Non-Profits Survive In a Competitive Environment?

    Many friends who are not involved with non-profits find it difficult to understand how integral non-profits are to the overall functioning of the economy and community wellbeing. Frequently the value and work of non-profits for economic and community development, particularly that of smaller, more local organizations, is underestimated. While the good work of these organizations is recognized, their […]

  • Green Collar Jobs

    “Green collar jobs” is the current buzz phrase in the employment sector.  But what does it mean?  How does one find such a career?  Many people are searching for more meaning in their careers, and the growing green job sector offers a great way to find balance between work and a more meaningful existence. Green […]

  • Green Buildings and Ecosystem Building

    Incorporating plants into building design, particularly plants which are native or survive well in local environments, is one of the essential tenets of green building. Using plants helps to purify air in and around buildings, reduce energy use by shading, and to reduce runoff through the planting of swales and rain gardens. Using plants that are well […]

  • The Water, Fuel & Energy Connection

    As the purchase of alternative transportation vehicles that use biofuel or electricity continue to gain popularity in the United States, water will become increasingly linked to transportation energy. In fact, biofuels such as biogas or biodiesel that is produced from renewable resources such as plants, vegetable oils, or treated waste, are often criticized for their […]