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 area is in a low income neighborhood and susceptible to the effects of climate change, most notably sea level rise so it was important for students to include the current challenges and future threats to the area. Student teams were matched with graduate students from the Department of Landscape Architecture to act as their mentors on this project. Each team was required to build a 3D model of their redesigned area. Dream in Green invited high school students to present their final projects on February 22, 2020 at FIU’s School of Architecture & Design.

Seven judges were invited to view the students’ final models, ask questions and listen to a short presentation. We would like to thank our judges which included representatives from the Ocean Conservancy, Miami-Dade County Office of Resiliency, the Nature Conservancy, UK Consulate, FIU School of Architecture and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

1st place – Coral Reef Senior High School

2nd place – Miami Palmetto Senior High School

3rd place- Carrollton School of Sacred Hearts

Special Merit – Miami Sunset Senior High School

Special Merit – Robert Morgan Educational Center

We would like to thank our sponsor of the event, the UK Consulate General of Miami and FIU for hosting this event. A special thank you to David Rifkin, FIU Associate Professor, for helping with the creation of the Design & Build Competition.

About Dream in Green

Dream in Green (DIG) is a Miami-based 501(c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to empower individuals, especially youth, to lead in the response to climate change and other environmental challenges facing South Florida. DIG assists diverse organizations, including schools, households, governments and businesses to reduce their environmental footprint. Through establishing partnerships in our community, we develop, implement and oversee educational programs and workshops that promote environmentally sustainable behaviors among all age groups, with a particular emphasis on K-12 students.  Dream in Green would like to thank the British Government for their support and contributions to the Green Schools Challenge. We look forward to working with our new community partner to educate our children, teachers and residents further.