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 households across Miami-Dade County.
January 2014 to January 2015
Cumulative Annual Savings* (Based on a two person household utilizing the EPA WaterSense Calculator x 1011 households)
|WE-LAB Program Totals||Equivalents|
|Water Savings||2,224,200||40,440||loads of laundry a year|
|Electricity Saved (kWh)||493,368||5,104||months or||425||years||running a refrigerator|
|Emissions Reduced (Co2)||753,195||23,965||days or||66||years||taking one car off the road|
|Money Saved||$ 75,825||18,956||cups of coffee|
Due to the success of the WE-LAB Workshops, in February DIG is launching an aggressive outreach program to increase public and stakeholder understanding and awareness concerning the Water/Energy Nexus. Through this program, DIG will promote countywide adoption of stewardship behaviors by engaging and motivating residents and businesses based on their understanding of the Water/Energy Nexus. To host a WE-LAB workshop or have staff attend at your event or speak to your neighborhood or business, contact WE-LAB Program Manager.