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Virtual Town Hall: Education’s Role in Environmental Justice

What is Environmental Justice? Exploring common definitions and how education can address them. View the recording of the Virtual Town Hall here.   Dream in Green, a local environmental non-profit, starting a conversation with various stakeholders defining the environmental justice movement as it relates to education. Discussion on how our community, especially students are affected by local issues. Providing resources to understand the social issues involved and learning from guest speakers about possible next steps.   Miami, Florida – Achieving greater equality for all citizens [...]

August 3rd, 2020|

2019-2020 Awards Ceremony

On Thursday, May 28, 2020, Dream in Green hosted its 14th Annual Awards Ceremony. As COVID-19 has disrupted normal life, we adapted our ceremony to the new virtual world. A recording of the ceremony is available on our YouTube channel. DIG staff and Board of Director members spent the evening highlighting all of the amazing teachers, students, administrators and schools that participated in the Green Schools Challenge. Our winners went above and beyond what was expected and inspired others to be environmental stewards. Below are [...]

June 4th, 2020|

Design & Build Competition

February 22, 2020 Dream in Green is proud to announce the winners of the 2nd Annual Design & Build Competition. This competition is the genesis of a close partnership with Florida International University Department of Landscape Architecture. High school students were connected with architect graduate students and together they studied and reimagine areas of Miami to adapt to climate change. High school students were tasked with taking a look at Wagner Creek along the Miami River, studying its historical, social and economic relevance. This [...]

April 2nd, 2020|

Shores Forward: City of Miami & Ocean Conservancy

"(Miami, FL December 13, 2019) -  The City of Miami and Ocean Conservancy announced a groundbreaking partnership to protect the region’s ocean and coasts, including iconic Biscayne Bay and the Miami River. The City of Miami is the first ever “Shores Forward” partner, a brand new initiative led by Ocean Conservancy to partner with local leaders in the fight to conserve Florida’s most treasured asset: its marine environment.   The partnership was announced at a press conference on the Biscayne Bay waterfront outside of Miami City [...]

April 1st, 2020|

Dream in Green partners with the British Consulate General to begin The UK-US Green School Partnership Project

-Nearly $12,000 awarded for implementation of the Green Schools Challenge locally-   December 12, 2019 – Miami, Fla. – both the UK and US share the understanding of the need for quality environmental education for K-12 students.  As a result, the British Consulate is collaborating with Dream in Green to engage students on issues of climate change, environment and sustainability, and to educate them on opportunities in green or environmental careers. Barbara Martinez-Guerrero, Executive Director of Dream-in-Green, and Magda Lowisz, Vice Consul at the British [...]

December 17th, 2019|

Ocean Conservancy and Dream in Green Announce Partnership

SEPTEMBER 12, 2019 Ocean Conservancy today announced a new partnership with Dream in Green, to help the South Florida non-profit craft its curriculum around ocean conservation using science-based content, like Ocean Conservancy’s recent Florida Report. Jon Paul “J.P.” Brooker, Senior Manager & Policy Counsel for Florida Conservation at Ocean Conservancy, will join Dream in Green on Saturday, September 14that from 11:00am to 2:00pm for its kickoff event at Florida International University to discuss the partnership and share more about Ocean Conservancy’s work in Florida. “Ocean Conservancy is thrilled to be working [...]

September 12th, 2019|

13th Annual Awards Ceremony

On Thursday, May 30, 2019, Dream in Green hosted its 13th Annual Awards Ceremony. The evening brought together students, teachers, administrators, environmental activists and green businesses to celebrate another successful year of the Green Schools Challenge.   Throughout the evening Dream in Green honored individuals and schools that excelled in the 2018-19 school year by implementing green practices and adopting the steps to become environmental stewards. Thank you to everyone who attended and showed their support. A special thank you to our sponsors and congratulations [...]

June 11th, 2019|

12th Annual Awards Ceremony

On Friday, June 1st, DIG celebrated its 12th annual Dream in Green Awards Ceremony. The ceremony brought together students, teachers, parents, administrators, facilities staff and our partners to celebrate all of the hard work that went into creating environmental stewards and greener schools during the 2017-2018 schools year. We would like to thank Stearns Weaver for graciously hosting this event at their law offices. Thank you to everyone who attended and showed their support, thank you to our sponsors and congratulations again to all the winners! [...]

June 26th, 2018|

Resilience strategies that work

Building Efficiency 305: Buildings play an important role in Miami-Dade County’s resilience efforts. For this reason, the County has joined a national initiative to cut waste in large buildings and make American cities healthier and more prosperous through energy and water efficiency. The Miami-Dade County Office of Resilience has teamed up with Miami-Dade County’s Water and Sewer Department to launch Building Efficiency 305 (BE305), a locally tailored plan to significantly increase the energy and water efficiency of our existing large private and public buildings. The [...]

March 5th, 2018|

The power of the bulb

Miami Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) is committed to reducing energy consumption in our buildings as both responsibility to tax payers and sustainability. Our approach to sustainability is constantly improving working closely with our consultants and industry available products to shape and implement energy and resource efficiency in our buildings. One of our foci is lighting energy efficiency which is the second largest energy consumption in schools, approximately 15% of the total energy use. As one of our initiatives started during our current General Obligation [...]

March 5th, 2018|

Recycle Across America’s standardized labels for recycling bins are helping schools save hundreds of thousands of dollars in trash hauling fees.

Right now, recycling is often presented in a confusing and inconsistent way. The millions of different looking recycling bins and labels throughout society make recycling seem disheveled and inefficient and this leaves the public feeling apathetic and skeptical about the effectiveness of recycling programs. Seven years ago, founder Mitch Hedlund started the 501(c)3 non-profit, Recycle Across America and introduced the society-wide standardized labels for recycling bins and celebrity led Let’s recycle right!® PSA campaign to combat the issue of confusion at the bin and help [...]

March 5th, 2018|

Ask a Scientist: Hurricanes and Climate Change

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6DwlKG2-n0 Does this year's devastating hurricane season make you wonder what is behind all these powerful storms? At Dream in Green, we believe in the power of science and education. In our new 'Ask a Scientist' series, we sat down with atmospheric scientist at University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, Dr. Amy Clement, to learn about what the scientific community does and doesn't know about the links between hurricanes and climate change. The links between climate change and hurricanes are some of [...]

October 2nd, 2017|

Power Up with Florida Sunshine and Save Money!

Susan Windmiller - President, League of Women Voters Miami-Dade Florida is ranked 3rd in the country for rooftop solar potential, but all the way down at 12th for cumulative solar capacity installed. In Unincorporated Miami-Dade County, where over 1.3 million people reside, only 122 residential permits were issued for solar installations since 2014. We can debate the reasons for lack of solar in the sunshine state for days, if not weeks. But one reason that’s not debatable is the cost of solar. For [...]

October 2nd, 2017|

Bridging Challenges of Telling Sea Rise Stories

U.S. journalists continue to struggle to tell stories of rising seas, leaving the public and policymakers either in the dark about environmental change or uninformed about the challenges and potential solutions. While local newspapers, for instance, have increased their coverage – according to a 2016 report from George Mason University on media coverage of sea level rise and climate change – coverage from national news outlets, particularly broadcast and cable, has been more uneven, with climate news largely ignored[1]. We also know that tenets of [...]

June 9th, 2017|

75 Awards Presented at the 11th Annual Dream in Green Awards Ceremony

Miami, FL – On Friday, June 2nd, DIG celebrated its 11th annual Dream in Green Awards Ceremony with over 120 guests in attendance. It was an opportunity to come together and celebrate the achievements of students, teachers, parents, administrators, facilities staff and our collective progress in achieving a healthier and more environmentally sustainable community. Coral Gables Museum, our first program partner of the Dream in Green Academy, graciously hosted the ceremony. Diego Marques, a star student from Nautilus Middle School, delivered an outstanding keynote speech. [...]

June 8th, 2017|

Watt are you doing about air pollution?

When you turn on that light in your bedroom the last thing on your mind is where that power came from. You never envision enormous power plants continuously burning fossil fuels or natural gas emitting pollutant gases into the atmosphere, into the air you breathe. The fact that energy production and use is the biggest contributor to air pollution is far from your mind. You do not think about the negative impacts on the environment or the 6 million people worldwide that die every year [...]

May 11th, 2017|

Dream in Green Receives Best of Green Schools Ambassador Award

Miami, Florida—March 30, 2017— Dream in Green received the Best of Green Schools Ambassador award from the Center for Green Schools at the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC), in collaboration with the Green Schools National Network (GSNN). The award honorees were announced at the Green Schools Conference and Expo which took place in Atlanta, Georgia last week. Ambassador award: Recognizing individuals who have demonstrated exemplary efforts in promoting green schools in K–12 classroom settings, and have engaged community organizations to create systemic change to strengthen the green schools movement and create a more [...]

April 12th, 2017|

DREAM IN GREEN ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF ITS FIRST ANNUAL ECO-HUB COMPETITION

Miami, February 17, 2017 –Due to South Florida’s vulnerability to a changing climate, Dream in Green’s commitment to responding to local environmental issues and empowering people to take action is more relevant than ever. With this in mind, Dream in Green (DIG) created its first annual Eco-Hub Competition to help schools reduce their carbon footprint and promote sustainable behaviors. The competition encourages elementary, middle, and high schools enrolled in the Dream in Green Academy to compete for a portion of $15,000 to create an eco-hub [...]

February 17th, 2017|

Let’s Build a More Resilient and Sustainable Miami

Do you ever ask yourself “what will become of our future?” From an environmental perspective, it is an important question as Miami sits at ground zero for sea level rise.  The environmental challenges we are set to face will be determined by our success to build the infrastructure needed to make our city more resilient and also to enforce policies and programs necessary to achieve environmental sustainability. We already know that the science behind climate change is undisputed.  As the planet warms, glaciers and ice [...]

January 31st, 2017|

Key Biscayne empowers the community through environmental education and collaboration

Key Biscayne is a barrier island off the east coast of Miami. Its shoreline includes beaches, mangroves, sea walls, houses and seagrass beds, all of which are affected by natural and anthropogenic factors.  The island has a land area of about 1.4 square miles and is surrounded by large state and county parks as well as natural reserves. Shoreline detail of Key Biscayne Key Biscayne is very susceptible to the impacts of climate change. Due to being encompassed entirely by water and having [...]

January 30th, 2017|

LEED in South Florida Schools

Photo Credit: Center for Green Schools South Florida is home to some of the largest school districts in America. Have you ever wondered if your child is learning in a healthy environment? Research shows that a school’s physical environment can significantly affect students’ health and ability to learn. Building designs and materials used for construction can contaminate the environment of classrooms and distract students from lessons. When a classroom is made with non-polluting or regenerative materials and uses sunlight to naturally light up the room, [...]

January 30th, 2017|

Dream in Green is ready to hold its first annual Eco-Hub Competition

Dream in Green (DIG) is holding its first annual “Eco-Hub” competition whereby three $5,000 grants for elementary, middle and high schools are at stake. The submissions are in, a panel of judges has been formed and six finalists have been chosen: Aventura City of Excellence School Tropical Elementary Caribbean K-8 Center Miami Sunset Senior High Dante B. Fascell Elementary Terra Environmental Research Institute On February 4th, 2017, the student Green Team members of the chosen schools will present their ideas to six judges at the [...]

January 12th, 2017|

Seeking New Program Partners for Dream in Green Academy Expansion

Dream in Green (DIG) launched The Dream in Green Academy ® (The Academy) during the 2015-2016 academic year due to concerns about overwhelming teachers with too many independent programs. The Academy provides a platform that promotes collaboration between community organizations for the introduction of environmental education programming at K-12 schools. The concept of The Academy emerged through the realization that a vast number of environmental non-profits and nature centers in Miami-Dade County aspire to reach K-12 students. It was common to find our participating ‘green’ [...]

January 6th, 2017|

Dream in Green Teachers Win 2016 Spirit of Service-Learning Award

Four Green Schools Challenge and WE-LAB  teacher champions won the 2016 Spirit of Service-Learning Award. They were honored on October 22nd at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens by the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of South Florida, the Miami-Dade County Teacher of the Year Coalition, and the Armando Alejandre Jr. Memorial Foundation for integrating service into their curriculum to improve learning, address community needs, and foster lifelong civic engagement among students. “The four teachers recognized by the Miami-Dade Teacher of the Year Coalition are so impressive,” said Josh Young, Director, Institute for [...]

December 23rd, 2016|

Biscayne Green

This January, the Miami Downtown Development Authority (DDA) will be re-designing Biscayne Boulevard into a fully functional pedestrian promenade for the enjoyment of residents and visitors. They will be transforming three of the large parking lots from The Intercontinental Hotel to Bayside into fun and interactive spaces that will allow for people to gather and connect. Farmers markets, yoga, book clubs, workshops, zen gardens, live music...Biscayne Green will have it all and you can get involved! The Miami DDA hosted a community meeting on October 19th where [...]

October 27th, 2016|

Expanding WE-LAB

Dream in Green’s WE-LAB (Water and Energy-Learning and Behavior) program has had a busy and exciting fall. WE-LAB brought on a new coordinator to oversee the different programs including WE-LAB Schools and workshops in Broward and Miami-Dade County. The Academy’s WE-LAB School program kicked off its semester with schools completing their 4 Pillars Challenge including creating a Green Team, taking a green pledge and conducting water/energy surveys. This year The Academy has 26 schools participating as WE-LAB schools, 10 more than last year. WE-LAB has [...]

October 26th, 2016|

United States Environmental Protection Agency Awards Environmental Education Grant to Dream in Green

$91,000 awarded for the implementation of the Green Schools Challenge, Water and Energy Learning and Behavior, and Green Leadership Grants programs August 18, 2016 – Miami, FL. – The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that Dream in Green, Inc. (DIG) is the recipient of the 2016 Region 4 Environmental Education Grant and will receive funding to implement the Dream in Green Academy (The Academy) starting in October 2016 at the outset of the new academic year. EPA received approximately forty eight (48) [...]

October 24th, 2016|

Dream in Green to Honor Miami’s Green Innovators at the 10th Annual Living the Dream Fundraiser

MIAMI – October 21, 2016 – Dream in Green (DIG), along with its sponsors, is pleased to announce the 2016 Green Innovators to be honored at the 2016 Living the Dream Annual Fundraiser on Thursday, November 10 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at The Palms Hotel & Spa, 3025 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. The Green Innovator Awards was launched in 2007 to recognize outstanding companies and individuals for their leadership, vision and environmental stewardship in South Florida. Previous award recipients include Miami Beach Mayor Phillip [...]

October 21st, 2016|

The Palms Hotel & Spa to Host Dream in Green’s Living the Dream Annual Fundraiser, Celebrating 10 Years

Dream in Green is excited to celebrate 10 years of success at their Living the Dream Annual Fundraiser and Green Innovators Awards at The Palms Hotel & Spa on Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 7 to 11 pm. This milestone event brings together South Florida’s environmentally conscious community to support sustainability in our community. We will celebrate DIG’s success and showcase the Green Innovator Awards recipients. The Green Innovator Awards will recognize outstanding businesses, governments and individuals for their environmental leadership, vision and stewardship in [...]

September 18th, 2016|

The Holy Grail of Climate Action

“Climate change is the greatest threat facing humanity today. To avoid catastrophe, we must dramatically reduce the carbon intensity of our modern energy systems, which have set us on a collision course with our planetary boundaries." - Robert Rubin, Co-Chairman; Council on Foreign Relations, Former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Reality Check: We have three choices; reduce our greenhouse emissions, adapt, and suffer. We’re going to do some of each. The question is what the mix will be. The more we reduce emissions, the less [...]

July 29th, 2016|

COMMISSIONER LEVINE CAVA TO SUPPORT ‘GREEN’ SCHOOLS IN DISTRICT 8

Dream in Green is excited to announce a new collaboration with Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava and her team to support Miami-Dade County District 8 K-12 schools’ 'green' initiatives in the 2016-2017 academic year. District 8 includes Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay, Homestead, Redland, the Falls, Princeton, Naranja, Leisure City and parts of West Kendall. Since the beginning of her term Commissioner Levine Cava has voiced her concern over the environmental issues facing South Florida. As a Chair of the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Growth Management, Agriculture [...]

July 19th, 2016|

Introducing our newest staff and Executive Board members

Dream in Green is excited to announce the addition of our newest team member, Ms. Alexandra Ender, who will be managing the Water and Energy Learning and Behavior (WE-LAB) Program and spearheading its expansion into Broward County. Alexandra is in charge of the development of the new WE-LAB Broward Project as well as the implementation of WE-LAB Community and WE-LAB Schools in Miami-Dade County. We welcome Alexandra to the Dream in Green team! We are also pleased to announce the appointment of new officers for the organization’s [...]

July 19th, 2016|

DIG seeks Office Administrator – deadline to apply July 31

POSITION AVAILABLE:  Office Administrator (part-time) Dream in Green (DIG) seeks a part-time Office Administrator to enhance the office’s effectiveness by providing clerical and information management support. This is an administrative position with responsibilities for data and grant management as well as maintaining organizational systems. The position will also assist with correspondence, filing, research, grant writing and communication. RESPONSIBILITIES   Sponsorship/Grant Reporting and Administration Assist Executive Director and Program Managers with relevant grant/funder related tasks Process all data pertaining to current or potential grants and funders Research funding [...]

June 29th, 2016|

Checklist for a more Sustainable Lifestyle

What is a Carbon Footprint? We all have a carbon footprint, a measurement of the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) we create by our daily activities. When carbon is released into the atmosphere faster than it can be reabsorbed by natural processes, it contributes to global warming. Presently, CO2 is being released ~3x faster than it can be reabsorbed, which means that almost everything we do aggravates the problem – from driving a car to lighting or cooling our homes, turning on a computer and [...]

June 15th, 2016|

67 awards were presented at the 10th annual Dream in Green Awards Ceremony

On June 2nd, we celebrated the 10th annual Dream in Green Awards Ceremony – an event that recognizes the teachers, students, facilities staff and administrators of the schools that went above and beyond implementing our environmental education programs. Stearns Weaver, our unconditional sponsor for the past ten years, once again allowed us to host the ceremony at their law firm offices in Downtown Miami. The event was one of many firsts.  Our first partner of The Dream in Green Academy, the Coral Gables Museum, gave [...]

June 13th, 2016|

2016 Summer Internships at Dream in Green

Summary Dream in Green (DIG) is seeking two highly responsible individuals with strong writing and research skills to assist with several projects during the summer 2016. The interns will be involved in the development of new resources and educational materials for the launch of the 2016-2017 Green Schools Challenge (GSC).  They will also assist DIG staff in the completion of a study commissioned by the organization to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the program. The GSC encourages K-12 students, teachers and staff members in South Florida to design and [...]

May 6th, 2016|

We are hiring! Looking for a WE-LAB Coordinator

AVAILABLE POSITION:  WE-LAB (Water Energy - Learning And Behavior) Program Coordinator (part-time) Dream in Green (DIG) seeks a highly responsible professional to coordinate and manage the WE-LAB Program for the Miami-based, non-profit organization. The Program Coordinator will be responsible for the management of the WE-LAB School Program within the Dream in Green Academy, as well as the organization and implementation of WE-LAB Workshops at schools and community centers within Miami Dade and Broward County. Responsibilities include day-to-day management of the program and forging relationships with community partners to ensure the [...]

April 29th, 2016|

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 the answer to all, at least most, of these questions.  Miami Dade College’s Earth Ethics Institute hosted a terrific event at the end of March, the Urban Resiliency Symposium.  The [...]

April 26th, 2016|

M-DCPS sponsors STEM careers and interest with EXPO and other activities

Recently, the Miami-Dade STEM Expo brought together Miami-Dade County's most creative, intelligent, and resourceful students to compete and demonstrate their proficiency in STEM activities. The event took place at Miami Dade College, North Campus. The STEM Expo showcased the fruits of the students’ hard work and provided a learning experience on the responsibility of communicating STEM research and engineering designs to the community. Special guests were Mary Katherine Fechtel, Miss Florida 2015 and Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi, astrophysicist and star of Science Channel’s most watched series [...]

April 26th, 2016|

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 the County’s water conservation programs and incentives. Moreover, we made WE-LAB a focused program for schools and sponsoring cities. WE-LAB is a joint partnership between Dream in Green and Miami-Dade [...]

April 26th, 2016|

Collaboration and communication are critical needs in reaching Miami Dade County’s Resiliency Goals

Mayor Cindy Lerner at the Climate Leaders Summit As the projections for sea level rise and extreme weather events become more of a certainty, elected officials in local government are responsible to our residents and businesses to assure that we appropriately plan for and build a safety network. In Florida, we have equipped ourselves and made sure our residents are prepared against a potential hurricane, but we must now prepare for additional extreme weather events such as inundation, as well as the more [...]

April 15th, 2016|

Students Shined at the UN Climate Change Mock Event

On December 5, 2015 Dream in Green joined the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, Breakthrough Miami and the University of Miami to host The World Climate Project at the former Frost Museum of Science in Coconut Grove. Middle and high school students from Miami-Dade County engaged in role-playing activities simulating the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (or COP21) that took place in Paris from November 30th through December 11, 2015. The initiative, launched by the White House, provided resources to organizations to confidently [...]

January 8th, 2016|

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 death of 71-81% of all species. However, would you be surprised to learn that the Earth has been through five mass extinction events in the past and we are currently [...]

January 7th, 2016|

How we succeeded on Give Miami Day

Give Miami Day is a unique, 24-hour online giving event that provides an opportunity for individuals to build a greater Miami by making a donation to a local nonprofit. The big day took place on November 19, 2015 and Dream in Green was able to raise $10,500 dollars by engaging its supporters. Dream in Green staff and board members devised a plan to ensure we raised awareness about our participation in the event and to reach as many donors as possible. We targeted the ‘green’ [...]

January 7th, 2016|

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 includes cartons you use everyday – milk, orange juice, or creamer cartons that go into the refrigerator, along with non-refrigerated cartons like children's juice boxes, soup broth, soy milk, or [...]

January 5th, 2016|

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 to mention the thawing permafrost found in Greenland and Antarctica which is releasing high quantities of methane and carbon dioxide (greenhouse gases). As meltwater lubricates the bottom of ice sheets [...]

January 4th, 2016|

The Importance of Recycling the Right Way

Last week, Dream in Green's staff toured Waste Management's recycling facilities in Pembroke Pines. To our surprise, it was an eye-opening experience. Many of us think that because we recycle we are doing the right thing. However, that depends on the items we recycle and their condition. Garden hose = NOT recyclable The facility has to be shut down to remove tangled plastic bags   We spotted some items (garden hoses, clothes, cooking pan, toys, yard trimmings, etc.) that cannot be recycled. Therefore it is important [...]

November 5th, 2015|

The People’s Climate March

On October 14th, over 1,500 people came together for one purpose: to demand politicians and South Florida community leaders to take action on climate change and sea level rise with real solutions. Crowds gathered in downtown Miami and walked to the Torch of Friendship on Biscayne Boulevard chanting “the seas are rising, and so are we!” Children, students, parents, business leaders, artists, farmers, scientists and dozens of organizations including Dream in Green staff and Board members showed up. This has been Miami’s largest public demonstration [...]

October 29th, 2015|

The Climate Reality Project Creates 1,280 New Climate Leaders

Dream in Green’s staff, interns and Board members had the opportunity to attend the 30th Climate Reality Leadership Corps training that took place in Downtown Miami from September 28th to 30th. The 3-day event was organized by the Climate Reality Project and led by Al Gore, former US Vice-President and Chairman of the Climate Reality Project, for 1,280 new Climate Reality Leaders from 87 countries. The training provided participants the tools they need to build public awareness on the challenges associated with climate change at a global and regional [...]

October 28th, 2015|

The Dream in Green Academy’s Programs Launch

Dream in Green kicked off its 10th year on September 23, 2015, with a Professional Development Training Workshop to which over 80 K-12 teachers and administrators attended. The workshop, hosted at Westland Hialeah Senior High School, provided teachers information and equipped them with tools to allow them to achieve their green goals. The Dream in Green Academy was launched in August 2015 to ignite collaboration between community organizations implementing environmental education programs at K-12 schools. Schools that enrolled in The Academy this year had the option [...]

October 28th, 2015|

Dream in Green Teachers Win 2015 Spirit of Service-Learning Award

Six of the Green Schools Challenge and WE-LAB champion teachers and winners of the Dream in Green 2015 Innovation in Education Award were recognized on October 2, 2015 by the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of South Florida, Miami-Dade County Teacher of the Year Coalition and the Armando Alejandre Jr. Memorial Foundation, for integrating service into the curriculum to improve learning, address community needs, and foster lifelong civic engagement among students. From left to right: Mrs. Ketty Quindemil (Marjory Stoneman Douglas Elementary) winner in the K-12 elementary [...]

October 28th, 2015|

Miami Youth Tackle World Climate Project

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science and its Upward Bound program, Dream in Green, and Breakthrough Miami have joined forces to implement the World Climate Project to benefit students from middle and high schools in Miami Dade County while building awareness of the greatest challenge facing humanity, climate change. The Project is an initiative launched by the White House on August 20 to provide resources to organizations to confidently lead people in thought-provoking, mock-UN events that simulate the United Nations climate talks to [...]

October 28th, 2015|

Dream in Green Launches the Academy

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Karla Utting 786.574.4909 gro.neergnimaerdnull@alrak   MIAMI - August 25, 2015 – Miami, FL – To commemorate its 10th anniversary, Dream in Green (DIG), a Miami-based non-profit organization, launches The Dream in Green® Academy (The Academy), a new education platform that promotes collaboration with other community organizations to introduce environmental education programs to K-12 schools in South Florida. The Academy builds on the success of the Green Schools Challenge (GSC), DIG’s flagship program, by leveraging its established framework for delivering educational programming to K-12 schools.  The [...]

August 26th, 2015|

Student Carries GSC Lessons Beyond High School

As a student who attended Ransom Everglades School, I was frequently exposed to the importance of environmental protection and the acknowledgement of climate change as an irrefutable—and frankly obvious—scientific fact. My initial arrival at this conclusion was, in large part, due to Ransom’s commitment to “greening” its campus. As a middle school student, I was first introduced to Ransom’s eco-friendly efforts when it became one of the first schools to participate in the pilot year of Dream in Green’s Green Schools Challenge. As one of [...]

August 14th, 2015|

Partnership Opportunity – Universities or Colleges

Summary Dream in Green is commissioning a study for its flagship program, the Green Schools Challenge (GSC). The proposed study, Green Schools Challenge: Evidence-based Practices, will conduct in-depth research and theoretical evaluation to understand the influence the program has on school staff and students’ understanding of the effects of climate change on human health and the environment, behavioral changes, empowerment and leadership building. Understanding this influence is crucial to improve the effectiveness of the GSC and continue to lessen the risks associated with climate change. The [...]

August 11th, 2015|

Sea Level Solutions to the Threat of Climate Change

The rising sea is a topic of grave concern in low-lying, flood prone coastal areas around the world whose ramifications will likely impact most societies. While the methods and means that allow for a successful adaptation to sea level rise are largely local in nature, it will take international, national, regional, as well as local cooperation to efficiently develop and implement the necessary policies and strategies to address this global threat to resources and national security. Some of the world’s largest economic hubs are faced [...]

July 21st, 2015|

The Miami Science Barge: Floating the Future

The Miami Science Barge is a self-sustaining floating laboratory, and innovation test bed, and environmental education center that provides an urban link to marine conservation and sustainability on Miami’s Biscayne Bay. The 120’x30’ steel barge will be equipped to enhance and stimulate the use of STEM education across all ages and will focus on the following three categories: marine experiments, living systems, and sustainable technology. The program’s mission is to create a society of optimistic problem solvers through marine science. The Lead Team includes Dr. Ted [...]

July 20th, 2015|

Miami’s Native Corals in Danger

On June 30th DIG staff attended ECOMB’s Cinema Green screening of Coral City – a documentary starring Colin Foord and Jared McKay, the marine biology/art duo behind Coral Morphologic. The film is both entertaining and educational. Colin and Jared possess a unique talent for making fascinating artwork with coral reefs, while enlightening viewers about the threats that Miami’s coral reefs face and the damage that has been caused. These artists and activists study, revive, defend, document, catalog, and preserve the city’s native corals. They have helped put [...]

July 15th, 2015|

The Green Schools Academy – the Idea

This year marks the 10th year anniversary of Dream in Green (DIG) and its Green Schools Challenge (GSC) program. As an environmental education non-profit, a key aspect of DIG is to work non-competitively at building partnerships with other community organizations in order to ‘spread the word’ about environmental and community sustainability. Recently, environmental organizations have expressed interest or have begun to reach school children through education programs. The teachers targeted or interested in the additional programs are primarily those already participating in the GSC and/or [...]

July 15th, 2015|

Fort Lauderdale Conducts Groundbreaking Climate Training for Employees

The City of Fort Lauderdale recently completed “Climate Change and Sustainability:  Science, Seriousness, Solutions” training for its 2,600 employees in order to encourage them to adopt sustainable practices to minimize the effects of climate change and plan for future conditions to create a stronger and more resilient community. Together with its partner, the Climate Leadership Engagement Opportunities (CLEO) Institute, 30 two-hour training sessions took place in May and June 2015 where employees learned the fundamentals of climate change. Post-training surveys indicate that an average of [...]

July 14th, 2015|

DIG Participates in the Miami Chamber’s 2015 Goals Conference

The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Goals Conference was successfully held June 4-5, 2015 at the Hilton Miami Downtown. The yearly event brings together business and community leaders to develop the Chamber’s programming and goals, as well as the vision that moves the community forward in the upcoming year. Along with local sustainability businesses and community green leaders and advocates,  including Miami-Dade Clerk of the Courts Harvey Ruvin, Dream in Green participated in the Sustainability, Environment and Energy (SEE) committee workshop, which was sponsored [...]

July 14th, 2015|

School Sustainability Leaders Recognized at the GSC Awards Ceremony

On June 3, Dream in Green honored teachers, students, administration and facility staff, winners of the 2014-2015 Green Schools Challenge (GSC) and Water and Energy Learning and Behavior (WE-LAB) programs. During the 9th Annual End-of-Year Awards Ceremony 41 winning green schools were recognized in 18 award categories for taking action and designing and implementing energy and environmental solutions through the creation of monthly projects at their schools. “Our Nautilus Middle School students were able to see the fruition of their work and celebrate their team's achievements. This was an effective learning experience [...]

July 13th, 2015|

WE-LAB Expands to Cities in South Florida

When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) selected Dream in Green (DIG) as the sole awardee of its 2013 Environmental Education grant for the implementation of the Water and Energy Learning and Behavior Program (WE-LAB), it was with the condition that the program be easily replicated across the country.  Almost two years later, having successfully implemented WE-LAB throughout Miami-Dade, in late April 2015 WE-LAB was launched in Broward County with a workshop at the City of Hallandale Beach attended by over 65 city residents.  Participants learned about [...]

July 13th, 2015|

Dream in Green Receives Green Pro & NACo Achievement Awards

Dream in Green's (DIG) environmental education programs are recognized for their excellence by two prestigious organizations, The National Association of Counties and the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. At its fifth annual Green Means Green Awards, The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce honored DIG the “Green Pro” award for its work as a lead organization in helping schools reduce their environmental footprint and promoting sustainable behaviors including energy and water conservation, waste reduction and recycling. This is the second consecutive year Dream in Green receives an award from the Coral Gables Chamber [...]

July 13th, 2015|

2015 Summer Internship

Title: Summer Internship Summary Dream in Green (DIG) seeks a highly responsible individual with strong writing and research skills to assist with several projects in preparation for our 2015-2016 Green Schools Challenge (GSC). The GSC encourages K-12 students, teachers and staff members in Miami-Dade County to design and implement energy and environmental solutions at their schools by completing a series of monthly challenges throughout the academic year. Responsibilities Willingness to support Dream in Green mission Assist with the Green Schools Challenge Guidebook update Assist with the [...]

June 9th, 2015|

41 Miami-Dade Schools Receive Awards from Dream in Green for their Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

June 5, 2015 – Miami, FL – On Wednesday, June 3rd, 41 schools were honored at Dream in Green’s Annual End-of-Year Awards Ceremony.  The event celebrated students, teachers and staff representing 115 elementary, middle and high schools who participated in the 2014–2015 Green Schools Challenge (GSC)/Water and Energy Learning and Behavior (WE-LAB) programs. Throughout the academic year, schools complete a STEM-based curriculum that promotes environmentally sustainable behaviors, including energy and water conservation, waste reduction and recycling.  The 1st place GSC award was given to John I. [...]

June 5th, 2015|

Dream in Green Wins the 2015 Green Pro Award from the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Karla Utting gro.neergnimaerdnull@alrak  Miami, May 1, 2015 – Dream in Green (DIG) is honored to have been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Green Pro Award at the 5th Annual Green Means Green Awards, hosted by the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, on April 24, 2015. The Chamber’s Green Means Green Awards recognizes individuals, corporations, emerging professionals and others in the community that have placed a strong emphasis on sustainability and green practices. DIG was recognized for [...]

May 1st, 2015|

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 contribution to the economy is not acknowledged nor is the connection understood.  In reality, they provide a source of employment and income which directly stimulates facets of the economy in [...]

April 16th, 2015|

2014-2015 Green Schools Challenge Highlights – January to April

As the school year winds down and the end of the 2014-15 Green Schools Challenge (GSC) program cycle draws near, we highlight some of the great accomplishments of the GSC Green Teams. In response to the Alternative Transportation monthly challenge in January, the Green Team at Pinecrest Elementary encouraged school families to create carpooling groups and developed a “Walk Safe to School” campaign to help reduce the amount of air pollutants emitted by automobiles. The Green Team at John I. Smith K-8 kicked off a [...]

April 14th, 2015|

Dream in Green to Honor Miami’s Green Innovators at the 9th Annual Living the Dream Fundraiser

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Karla Utting 786.574.4909 gro.neergnimaerdnull@alrak MIAMI – April 13, 2015 – Dream in Green (DIG), along with its sponsors, is pleased to announce the 2015 Green Innovators to be honored at the 2015 Living the Dream Annual Fundraiser and Green Innovator Awards on Friday, May 8, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at 1 Hotel South Beach, 2341 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. The Green Innovator Awards was launched in 2007 to recognize outstanding companies and individuals for their leadership, [...]

April 13th, 2015|

FAU Pine Jog Environmental Education Center: Connecting 9-12 Grade Learners with Professionals in the Fields of Environmental Science and Research.

Placed-based learning is a critical tool for a well-rounded student. The key is for students to experience first-hand the anthropogenic impact of ecosystem interactions with instruction from knowledgeable researchers, educators and professionals. These interactions help students demystify the work involved in developing a sustainability framework for the future. The Tiblisi Declaration (1977) is considered a framework of understanding to help create environmentally literate citizens for those in the environmental education and sustainability field. It states five clear objectives that should be targeted in educational programs [...]

April 10th, 2015|

WE-LAB MAKING IMPACT IN SCHOOLS

The Water and Energy Learning and Behavior Program (WE-LAB), linked to the Green Schools Challenge, is being implemented in 25 public and private schools seeking advanced sustainability curriculum focused on the Water/Energy Nexus. Students have learned about the significance of protecting the watershed, built model aquifers, and created water savings public service announcements through the implementation of monthly challenge projects with the schoolsÂ’ green teams. In April, WE-LAB Schools will be hosting Eco-Summits to share their achievements and to be recognized for their accomplishments during [...]

April 10th, 2015|

Environmental Educators Successfully Unite to Urge County for Grant Funding

Having experienced programmatic impacts from administrative delays by Miami-Dade County in issuing a competitive process for environmental education grant funds, seven non-profits organizations including Dream in Green (DIG), Citizens for a Better South Florida, Fantasy Theatre Factory, Friends of the Everglades, Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center, Officer Snook and the South Florida National Parks Trust, successfully united to urge County Commissioners to direct the Mayor to issue emergency funding and award the remaining funds through a Request for Proposals (RPF) process. In fiscal year 2014, [...]

April 10th, 2015|

Keep Throwing Stars

If you are one of the devoted change makers working on the pursuit of environmental sustainability, and you truly understand the scope of our challenges - the planetary boundaries we’re exceeding, the realities of climate change, the billions of dollars fueling the climate denial machine and the impacts of human activity on our world, then you understand we're on a rough path, a road that runs up a steep hill most of the time. Depending on the work you do, it’s completely understandable that you might [...]

April 8th, 2015|

Living the Dream 2015 Fundraiser 5/8/2015

Bringing together South Florida’s conscious green community in support of environmental education programs.  Come and join schools, government agencies, and community-based organizations who share an interest in creating a greener Miami, as we celebrate Dream in Green’s achievements and showcase the 2015 Green Innovator Awards recipients. The Green Innovator Awards, launched in 2007, recognizes outstanding companies and individuals for their leadership, vision and environmental stewardship in South Florida.  This year’s honorees include: Green Innovator in Business:              Covanta Energy Green Innovator in Government:       Mayor Philip Levine, City of [...]

March 16th, 2015|Tags: |

1 Hotel South Beach to Host Dream in Green’s Ninth Annual Living the Dream Fundraiser and Green Innovators Award

PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Karla Utting 786.574.4909 gro.neergnimaerdnull@alrak    Miami - March 10, 2015 - Dream in Green (DIG) is pleased to announce that 1 Hotel South Beach will be hosting its 2015 Living the Dream Annual Fundraiser and Green Innovator Awards on Friday, May 8, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Opening mid-March 2015, 1 Hotel South Beach is the first hotel for SH Group's new 1 Hotels Brand, which is set to be an industry game-changer, with goals of truly upending the world of [...]

March 12th, 2015|

Rewarding Career in Sustainability

“Building Green” essentially means designing and putting together a building that will last as long as possible, be as inexpensive as possible to operate (energy and water efficient, low maintenance, etc.), and with the highest quality of interior air- in regards to comfort and health- as possible, while creating as little waste as possible.  In this regard, it could also be labeled, “Best Practices Construction,” because, quite frankly, doesn’t everyone want that?  Once that connection is made, it is easy to understand why “Green” is [...]

March 9th, 2015|

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 Careers are defined as anything involving working in green jobs that are focused on sustainability or the preservation of the environment.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of [...]

March 9th, 2015|

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 suited for a particular environment helps reduce the need for irrigation, pesticides, and fertilizers. Using the right plants can also be aesthetically pleasing and attract desirable wildlife such as birds [...]

February 4th, 2015|

Commitment letter from Miss Earth Florida to Dream in Green

Dear Dream in Green supporters: As Miss Earth Florida, I'm so excited I will be able to collaborate with Dream in Green on future fundraisers and events! Miss Earth Florida is the state pageant for the Miss Earth competition. I will be competing for Miss Earth United States this July in California. If I were blessed with the national title, I will be off to the Philippines for three weeks to compete for the international Miss Earth Pageant. Aside from my title, seven years ago [...]

January 22nd, 2015|

Dream in Green Announces New Board Leadership

Dream in Green (DIG) is pleased to announce the appointment of new Board officers including Ms. Jenny May serving as Chair of the Board of Directors, Ms. Allie Miles serving as Vice-Chair, Mr. Gabriel Coelho serving as Secretary and Mr. Matt Flax who continues to serve as Treasurer. Their terms started October 08, 2014. Perspective from Board officers: why they are committing their time and talent to serve Dream in Green (DIG)? Jenny May has been involved with DIG since 2008. She serves as Chair of DIG for [...]

January 21st, 2015|

Why Everglades Restoration matters: The importance of maintaining ecosystems in a human-dominated landscape.

The rise in the human population, coupled with expanding resource use, supported largely by the use of fossil fuels, is leading to changes in the biosphere at rates greatly exceeding the evolutionary past. Today we find ourselves at a time where there is little doubt that human activities are leading to changes in the composition and chemical reactions of our atmosphere.  The consequences of these changes, their specific and global impacts, the rates of change, and the ability of living beings to adapt to these [...]

January 21st, 2015|

Everglades Literacy for All: The Everglades Foundation Invests in Education

Preserving and protecting America’s Everglades requires a new generation of Floridians that understand and appreciate its importance.  In 2013, the Everglades Foundation partnered with Florida Atlantic University’s Pine Jog Environmental Education Center to enhance this awareness throughout Florida and beyond.  Collaborating with school districts, curriculum development specialists and selected schools, the two organizations developed a first-of-its-kind comprehensive Everglades education curriculum for K-12 students.  This unique Everglades Literacy Program is based on seven guiding principles linked to specific learning objectives and related lesson plans at each [...]

January 20th, 2015|

GSC/WE-LAB Teachers Share Success at Dream in Green’s Mid-Year Meeting

On January 16, teachers implementing the Green Schools Challenge (GSC) and Water and Energy Learning and Behavior (WE-LAB) came together at the program’s Mid-year Meeting to share success stories regarding energy and water conservation and waste reduction at K-12 schools in Miami-Dade County. This program was kindly sponsored by the Carton Council and Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The Challenge began in October with 115 K-12 schools enrolled in the GSC and WE-LAB programs. Over the past four months, teachers and staff have created Green Teams; encouraged [...]

January 16th, 2015|

WE-LAB Workshops Educate 1,000 Households

A major milestone was celebrated by Dream in Green (DIG) and its partner Miami-Dade Water and Sewer as it reached its 1,000th household educated through the Water and Energy Learning and Behavior Program (WE-LAB) workshops.  Free to participants, WE-LAB workshops (or “labs”) provide engaging science-based, Water-Energy Nexus information to Miami-Dade residents explaining how decreasing the demand for energy and water can positively affect air quality and improve the water supply. Since its launch one short year ago, 35 workshops have been held reaching over 1,000 [...]

January 14th, 2015|

The Institute for Regional Conservation: How to Save Everything

The Institute for Regional Conservation (IRC) is dedicated to the protection, restoration and long-term management of biodiversity on a regional basis, and to the prevention of regional extinctions of rare plants, animals and ecosystems. Our mission means that, in a given region, we want to save EVERYTHING! This includes the large charismatic species of national and international concern (think Florida Panther) right down to the smallest and most inconspicuous of native plants (such as the soon-to-be federally listed Florida Bristle Fern). There is no species [...]

January 8th, 2015|

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 high water consumption in their production. For example, Corn-based ethanol, which is generally considered an eco-friendly fuel, places a very high demand on water supplies, and on average it takes [...]

January 7th, 2015|

Miami Talks About the Future of Water – “We Have to Get It Right!”

On December 10, 2014, American University Center for Environmental Policy and the Everglades Foundation co-hosted a forum to discuss initiatives in Florida and nationwide to address water quality issues from a policy perspective and as a market-based approach.  The event is part of a series of dialogue sessions on “The Future of Water,” presented by the Center under the auspices of the William K. Reilly Fund for Environmental Governance and Leadership. The event included a diverse group of leaders from local government, business and non-profit communities including [...]

January 7th, 2015|

Business Community Rallies Behind STEM Education

On October 28, 2014, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Sustainability, Environment and Energy Committee held a panel discussion on "The Role of STEM Education in the Growing "Green Collar" Economy." Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics - referred to as STEM Education, will play a key role as our nation transitions towards a clean, green economy and sustainable future. Participants learned how community colleges, K-12 schools, and institutions of higher education are working to address the emerging career opportunities in our expanding green economy. Representatives from Miami-Dade College, FIU, [...]

January 7th, 2015|

Turning Plastic Bags into Art @ ART BASEL

Ecocouture, the US Green Building Council, the Paradise Key community and Dream in Green are collaborating to bring a "green" art installation to Art Basel in Wynwood as part of Freebee's “FREEDOM” event. This art piece will be created using plastic bags tied together to create visual awareness about the physical space plastics occupy in our oceans. There is an area in the Atlantic Ocean spanning the distance between Virginia and Cuba called the Great Atlantic Garbage Patch. This area, a soup of plastic, contains [...]

October 20th, 2014|

Recycling 201: Un-Learning How to Recycle

If the title of this article caught your attention, then it served its purpose. Don’t worry, this is not a bait & switch. An arguably more accurate (though less concise) title might have been “Un-Learning bad habits about recycling through a deeper understanding of what really happens to the stuff you’re sending to the recycling facility that you shouldn’t.” So let’s un-learn a few things about recycling, shall we? Recycling is great when it’s done right. When done correctly, recycling reduces the amount of waste sent [...]

October 20th, 2014|

Lets’s Go To the Beach with Surfrider

By Mike Gibaldi, Vice Chair, Surfrider Foundation Miami Chapter We love to go to the beach to surf, swim, paddleboard, chill out with friends and family or just gaze upon beautiful Mother Ocean. We protect what we love, right? The Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit grassroots organization, exists to protect YOUR beach. As our favorite playground, we want to make sure it is safe, clean and accessible for everyone, and stays that way, ALWAYS. Interestingly, we are protecting it from ourselves. Wherever you live, work or play [...]

October 16th, 2014|

DIG Stands at Ground Zero with US Senators and EPA Administrator and Keeps an Eye on Sea Level

On October 7 Dream in Green staff attended a press conference in Miami Beach which brought together key stakeholders in the Miami community to talk about the reality and impact of sea level rise in our community. The event was put together by eyesontherise.org, a collaboration of four journalism professors from FIU, hundreds of college and high school students, and a dozen Miami area scientists, media and technology professionals, and the CLEO institute. The rally begun early in the morning as high school students measured the salinity, quality, [...]

October 15th, 2014|

DIG Builds Relationships at Regional Climate Summit

Dream in Green staff participated at the 6th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit held on October 1 and 2, 2014 in the City of Miami Beach. The Summit, coordinated by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, attracts innovative thinkers and leaders from business, government, academia and the non-profit community to exchange ideas and dialogue at panel discussions and networking breaks. The 2014 theme, “Regions Connect ? Global Effect,” was about advancing policy and catalyzing action locally and regionally, as well as connecting [...]

October 14th, 2014|

The ABCs of a LEED® School

By: Joseph R. Snider, AIA, LEED AP According to the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC), 25% of the population spends their time in school each day and educational facilities represent the largest construction sector in the United States. As the US continues to grapple with finding ways to improve education and the performance of our students, there is a growing discussion about the importance of the physical spaces in which we teach and learn. It seems intuitive that a comfortable learning environment would be the foundation [...]

October 10th, 2014|

2014-2015 Green Schools Challenge and WE-LAB Kicks Off!

Dream in Green kicked off its 9th Annual Green Schools Challenge (GSC), on Thursday, September 25, 2014, with a Professional Development Training Workshop for K-12 teachers, administration and facilities staff at Miami Springs Senior High School. The all-day training provided teachers with instruction on the GSC and WE-LAB programs through large and small-group sessions led by DIG staff. Special guests were invited to the workshop to present information about their programs and work in South Florida including: Victor Alonso from Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Donna Fries [...]

September 30th, 2014|

Kids Can Too – An Intro to College Ready Recycling

By Michael Joseph Green The average kid has the clout and creativity to change the world, more than ever before. With their cell phones in hand, Internet at their fingertips, and access to instant data, today’s youth process information faster than ever. They increasingly understand information more clearly than their predecessors and at an earlier age. Our youth see the world from a completely different angle, opening a whole new world of opportunity for solutions to world issues like energy, pollution and water conservation. My name [...]

Did you know that you vote everyday?

Greg Hamra The world is filled with passionate, green-hearted, environmentally conscious people who recognize the immensity of our world's problems, who see a world spinning out of control. They want to do something about it. They must do something about it.  Some are driven to support educational institutions like Dream in Green or Everblue, to spread the word by teaching others how they can reduce their environmental footprints. We celebrate the well-deserved victories. They include greener schools and more informed citizens who save resources, produce less [...]

July 14th, 2014|

Crafting Sustainable and Resilient Practices at the Miami Design Charrette

Dream in Green joined forces with tomorrow’s local leaders and today’s experts to create “Smart Growth” communities in the face of Climate Change.   Tropical Audubon Society and like-minded partners hosted a one-day environmental leadership charrette on June 21, 2014 at The Light Box in the trendy Wynwood Arts District.   Focused on highlighting the difference between resiliency and sustainability the charrette invited Miamians to shape a vision that will deliver innovative solutions to some of the most relevant and imminent threats of our time: [...]

July 2nd, 2014|

WE-LAB Workshops Making an Impact

In nine short months, DIG and its partners, Miami-Dade Water and Sewer and Public Works and Waste Management departments, has successfully held 18 workshops through the Water and Energy Learning and Behavior Program (WE-LAB), touching the lives of 501 participants to date. The analysis of data collected through pre- and post workshop surveys shows that participants understanding of the connection between water and energy has increased.  This summer, additional workshops are being held in collaboration with Baptist Hospital, the Miami-Dade County Community Action and Human Services [...]

July 2nd, 2014|

Dream in Green Recognizes Leader Schools in Sustainability

On May 22, Dream in Green honored the winners of the 2013-2014 Green Schools Challenge (GSC) and Water and Energy Learning and Behavior (WE-LAB) programs. During the 8th Annual End-of-Year Awards Ceremony 78 winning green schools were recognized for taking action, making an impact and living more sustainably.   JustGreen, an energy solution initiative working towards a cleaner planet, presented the first place GSC winner, Robert Russa Moton Elementary with a donation of carbon credits. This offset will help balance the school’s carbon footprint and make it the [...]

Dream in Green Wins Awards on Earth Month

During the spring, Dream in Green (DIG) received recognition for its excellence in programming work by two prestigious organizations, EarthDay Miami and the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. At its fourth annual Green Means Green Awards, The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce honored DIG the “Green Machine” award for its work as a lead organization in helping schools reduce their environmental footprint and promoting sustainable behaviors including energy and water conservation, waste reduction and recycling. The Green Means Green Awards recognize individuals, corporations, emerging professionals and others in the community [...]

June 27th, 2014|

Robert Morgan Educational Center Students Host Earth Day Celebration, Educate School-Wide Population

On April 24 Robert Morgan Educational Center celebrated Earth Day 2014 by hosting a school-wide Eco-Summit. The celebration, held during the students' lunch period, helped to raise awareness about actions that protect the environment. The school’s Green Team, the Science National Honor Society (SNHS), received a $500 grant through Dream in Green’s Green Leadership program in support of this event. Specifically for this event, they created banners and posters containing environmental messages, printed T-shirts for their members, bought paint for their hand painting stand, gave out fruit [...]

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E.W.F Stirrup Elementary Students Host Eco-Summit and Arbor Day Celebration

On April 25 E.W.F. Stirrup Elementary celebrated Arbor Day at their annual school Eco-Summit, the final activity of the Green Schools Challenge (GSC). The Eco-Summit kicked-off with a tree planting ceremony and included facility staff, teachers, students, the school Principal, Dr. Hernandez, as well as special guests from Perris Ellis and Dream inGreen. This year, the event featured a unique performance by Pre-K students as they sang ‘We Planted a Tree” to end the ceremony. This annual celebration was spearheaded by GSC teacher champion, Ms. Jenkins. During the ceremony, students involved [...]

April 25th, 2014|Tags: , , |

Dream in Green Schools Win Back-to-Back Samsung Education Contest

Have you ever considered how math and science might benefit the environment? Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow National Education Contest focuses on how science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education can help the environment. Last year Leewood K-8 Center won the contest and this year G.W. Carver Middle also won. Both schools are part of the Green Schools Challenge. To become more environmentally aware, students at G.W. Carver Middle began monitoring the school’s energy and water bills. In addition, students conducted a comprehensive energy audit at home. But [...]

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Creating Sustainable Paradise, One Habitat at a Time!

Written by Sam Van Leer, Founder of Urban Paradise Guild Urban Paradise Guild (UPG)was created to put the tools in your hands, so you can be the change you wish to see in the world. We offer volunteer opportunities every day of the week! Every UPG project protects Miami from the causes, and sometimes the effects of Sea-Level Rise (SLR). Expect real work, and a real workout. What will you do? Urban Forestry: Protect, restore or create Native Habitat, and put the life into wildlife [...]

March 31st, 2014|

Sustainable Energy for a Warming Planet

Written by John Parker, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Science, Florida International University Many scientists think that climate change is the most serious long-term threat to natural ecosystems and human society, posing a global risk to human health, water supplies and food security.  97% of climate-change scientists agree that global warming is caused primarily by carbon emissions from human activities, particularly the burning of fossil fuels. Carbon dioxide levels are higher than they have been for over 800,000 years. Scientists have documented an increase in extreme [...]

March 25th, 2014|

Students Take the Environmental Sustainability Message Home and to their Communities!

As we approach the end of the program cycle, GSC Green Teams are ramping up efforts to continue to save water and energy and spread the environmental sustainability message learned from exciting monthly challenge activities relating to our six core topics: Energy Efficiency & Conservation, Water Conservation, Waste Reduction & Recycling, Alternative Transportation, Green Careers and Green Buildings. In April, Green Teams will be busy organizing a school Eco-Summit to educate the school population and wider community about the importance of sustainable practices in their daily [...]

March 21st, 2014|

Carbon Footprint for Dummies, and I’m the Dummy-in-Chief

Via Melissa Hunsberger, GSC Coordinator Carbon emissions, carbon footprint and carbon offsetting; scientists and environmentalists use these terms often, but I imagine that few of us, myself included, have taken the time to investigate each of their meanings or how they play a role in our daily lives. Starting at the beginning is usually a good place to start. Carbon, I haven’t thought much about this element since studying the periodical chart in middle school, but truth be told, it’s essential to all living things. [...]

March 19th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

Walk the Green Carpet with Us

For a change of pace, head over to The Standard for one of the greenest get-togethers of the year. Dream in Green invites you to party dockside, enjoy breathtaking views of the bay, and specialty cocktails at our ‘Setting the Standard,’ fundraiser from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on April 11, 2014 at The Standard Spa in Miami Beach. The affair kicks off with the presentation of the 2014 Green Innovator Awards, recognizing local companies and individuals for undertaking green initiatives. The honorees at the event "Setting the [...]

March 19th, 2014|Tags: , |

Ransom Everglades Students Focus on Environmental Stewardship

Environmental stewardship has been an important part of Ransom Everglades and is one of the school’s six major goals with in its 2009 improvement plan. Students at the school took water conservation to the next level by replacing older plumbing fixtures with high-efficiency fixtures with motion sensors, retrofitting existing traditional filtered tap water fountains with water bottle filling stations throughout campus, reducing the demand for disposable water bottles. Students are afforded the opportunity to join sustainability and gardening clubs. School gardens provide experiential learning opportunities for [...]

March 8th, 2014|

Nautilus Middle Eighth Graders Win Awards at Future City Competition

The 2013-14 Future City Competition asked students from around the country to tackle tomorrow’s transportation needs by designing ways to move people in and around their city. Student competitors were placed in real world situations and became problem solvers as they brainstormed ideas and design solutions. Students from various grade levels at Nautilus Middle competed in the Future City Competition, sponsored locally by Florida International University (FIU). Using SimCity, an engineering software, students first designed a virtual city, conducted research and wrote up their findings. [...]

March 8th, 2014|

Miami Country Day School Students Lead Lots of Green Initiatives

The Green Task Force at Miami Country Day School has participated in and led a variety of green projects throughout the year. The Task Force, made up of students and staff, improved the school’s recycling program, installed LED lighting systems in some of its classrooms, and planted trees and bushes near several of the buildings on campus in order to help reduce air conditioning usage. In addition, students created a large community garden and an edible wall garden with many of the vegetables and herbs being used [...]

March 7th, 2014|

DIG Annual Fundraiser: Setting the Standard – 4/11/14

Come and Join Us We will be having a great night filled with entertainment like the Green Fashion Show, Silent Auction and Green Innovator Awards. Peruse a Photography Art Display and be supplied by Cocktails and delectable range of Bites. Tickets: [icon icon="ticket" size="small" style="none" shape="inherit"][/icon] Closed  | Contact Karla The Event: [icon icon="calendar" size="small" style="none" shape="inherit"][/icon] April 11th 2014, [icon icon="time" size="small" style="none" shape="inherit"][/icon] 7 - 11pm [icon icon="home" size="small" style="none" shape="inherit"][/icon] The Standard [icon icon="map-marker" size="small" style="none" shape="inherit"][/icon] 40 Island Avenue.  Miami Beach Florida 33139 | Tel: (305) [...]

January 27th, 2014|