Karla Utting

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 its work as a leading environmental organization with a staff of less than 25 that helps schools reduce their environmental footprint and promoting sustainable behaviors including energy and water conservation, waste reduction and recycling. Other nominees in the Green Pro category included Citizens for a Better South Florida and the Venetian Pool.

“We’re honored to receive the Green Pro Award and are so pleased that others are noticing the positive impact Dream in Green is having in the South Florida community,” said DIG Executive Director Karla Utting. “While the impacts are large, many challenges exist for small, local environmental organizations. Support from organizations like the Coral Gables Chamber is invaluable to our existence.”

Another way to support DIG is by attending 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. Living the Dream brings together South Florida’s environmentally conscious community to support educational programs, celebrate DIG’s success and showcase the Green Innovator Awards recipients with this year include: City of Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, Covanta Energy, Greg Hamra & Leisha John, and 1 Hotel South Beach. Emmy Award-winning WPLG meteorologist 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.

Event sponsors to date include Baptist Health, Florida City Gas, OHL/Arellano, Southern Waste Systems, Stearns Weaver, STS Recycling, and Waste Management, as well as Biscayne Bay Brewery Company and Devotion Vodka. To become an event 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

For a full list of Green Mean Green Award winners, visit the Coral Gable Chamber of Commerce website at For more information about DIG visit

Media Contacts:

Dream in Green: Karla Utting l 786-574-4909 l gro.neergnimaerdnull@alrak

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 block 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.