Karla Utting
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, vision and environmental stewardship in South Florida. Previous award recipients include former City of Miami Mayor Manuel Diaz, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, The Heat Group, Miami Marlins and Waste Management. This year’s honorees include:

  • Green Innovator in Business:              Covanta Energy
  • Green Innovator in Government:       Mayor Philip Levine, City of Miami Beach
  • Green Community Innovators:           Greg Hamra & Leisha John
  • Green Facilitator:                                   1 Hotel South Beach

“This year’s recipients of Dream in Green’s Green Innovators Awards are true leaders in environmental sustainability which are making an impact here in our own community. Having been nominated and selected by the DIG Board of Directors, we look forward to honoring them at our annual fundraiser.” says DIG Executive Director Karla Utting.

Living the Dream brings together South Florida’s environmentally conscious community to support educational programs, celebrate Dream in Green’s success and showcase the Green Innovator Awards recipients. Emmy Award-winning WPLG weathercaster Trent Aric will emcee the award ceremony. Guests will have an opportunity to bid on silent auction items and enjoy a green fashion show during a cocktail reception featuring lavish hors d’oeuvres and premium drinks.

DIG is honored to have the annual event hosted by 1 Hotel South Beach. Recently opened, 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 hospitality through a socially and environmentally conscious platform in celebration of the beauty and preservation of nature.

“1 Hotels is not just a brand, it’s a movement” says Michael Laas, SH Group director of impact. “We are challenging ourselves and others to live in greater harmony with this world, and are so pleased to support Dream in Green in helping raise awareness for current issues facing our environment and paving the way for a better future that we can all be a part of.”

Event sponsors to date include Baptist Health, Florida City Gas, OHL/Arellano, Southern Waste Systems, STS Recycling, Waste Management, and Wilson Elser Law Firm, as well as Biscayne Bay Brewery Company and Devotion Vodka. To sponsor, please contact Karla Utting at gro.neergnimaerdnull@alrak or 786-574-4909.

All proceeds from the Living the Dream fundraiser will benefit DIG programs.  Tickets are $100 per guest and may be purchased by visiting

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Media Contacts:

Dream in Green: Yida Hernandez l 786-574-4909 l  gro.neergnimaerdnull@adiy

1 Hotel South Beach: Samantha Franco l 305-372-2502 l moc.rp-mznull@ahtnamaS


About Dream in Green:

Dream in Green is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop and implement environmental education programs that promote energy/water conservation and efficiency, environmental sustainability, and the use of renewable energy in the public and private sectors, and to raise awareness and deepen understanding of the energy, climate change and environmental issues that are comforting South Florida and global communities.  We build partnerships with schools, local governments, and businesses for the purpose of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, waste, and our reliance on fossil fuels. Our programs emphasize education and behavior change that fosters long-term community sustainability.


About 1 Hotel South Beach:

Occupying one entire city blocks on Collins Avenue, 1 Hotel South Beach sits directly on 600 feet of pristine beachfront. The property offers unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean, Miami’s nature paradise Biscayne Bay and Downtown Miami’s ever-expanding skyline. Throughout the 426-room hotel, the celebration of nature is evident, from the graceful twist of driftwood furnishings to the ever-present sounds of the ocean and abundance of living, natural material. The property features four ocean view swimming pools, fully outfitted cabanas, an 18,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, three superb restaurants and bars from award-winning chef Tom Colicchio, and a stylish rooftop pool and restaurant-bar with panoramic views of the ocean and Miami skyline. In collaboration with LeFrak, the property also features 155 residences.  Located at 2341 Collins Avenue, 1 Hotel South Beach is the first to open for 1 Hotels.