Friday, February 24, 2012

Solar Energy Myths- Trendhunter

Tony Seba discusses the  realities of solar energy. Please see the article by Sophia Pelka and the video on the Trendhunter website here.


Tony Seba- picture from


Pinecrest Earth Day Festival- April 15th

Date: Sunday, April 15, 2012 
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
  • Farmer's Market
  • Wildlife Shows and Presentations
  • Plant Exhibitions
  • Green vendor booths
  • Food
  • Area School Talent Show
  • Green and Eco-Friendly Workshops presented by the CLEO Institute
  • Greater Miami Youth Symphony Concert
More details on the Pinecrest Gardens website here.

Miami Corporate Run/Walk 2012- Team RSMAS and Pep Rallies

The Miami Corporate Run/Walk 2012 will be on Thursday, April 26th. For those of you who have never heard of it, it is a 5K race (3.1 miles) downtown Miami involving all the Miami businesses. Last year there were 20,400 participants from over 600 companies. The event is organized by TeamFootWorks, a non profit organization which promotes fitness education and donates to local and national charities. It is a great event to participate to.

Ashley Falcon is the UM team leader and  she put together a very useful guide. Please contact me at if you would like me to send it to you. She also created a facebook page here.

Registration opened on Monday. Please go here and pick one of the two links for RSMAS (employees or guests). This is so your packet will be delivered to RSMAS. Please note that students, friends and family are guests. There is no restriction in the number of guests. The first 500 participants to register will get a UM shirt. The first 500 UM  employees to register will get $10 discount. As of today, there are 175 participants.

This year there will be the President's Cup Office Challenge. A trophy will be awarded to the team with the most participants (not just registered).

I am the team leader for RSMAS. Please note that there is only one team (UM) when you sign up and that the different teams are only for the challenge. Please email me after you sign up on line if you would like to be on team RSMAS and I will include your name on the list. Team RSMAS already has 17 people registered. Last year, the office challenge was won by a team of 60. With your help, we can get the cup! Go team RSMAS!
Please feel free to contact me if you have any question.

The Pep rallies will be on medical campus on March 6 at 4:15 p.m. and Coral Gables campus on March 7th at 12:00 p.m. Please note that there won't be a Pep Rally at RSMAS.

Miami Corporate Run 2011-Team UM

Biscayne Everglades Greenway Bike Festival- February 25 and 26

sent by Manuel Collazo


Start: Saturday, February 25, 2012


41 North Krome Avenue 
Homestead, Florida

Registration Closing Date

Friday, February 24, 2012 @ 11:59 PM US/Eastern

You may find more information here.

President Obama at the University of Miami on Energy

sent by Albert Boyd

President Barack Obama visited the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus, yesterday at 2:30 p.m. to deliver a speech at the BankUnited Center Fieldhouse. The event was for UM students only. You may find the video and the transcript of the remarks by the President on energy on the White House website here.

Please find the News Release from the UM website here.

Picture credits: University of Miami

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Living Rooftops- Trendhunter

With limited space at our disposition, why not use the rooftops to create gardens?
Please see the list and pictures of some interesting rooftops put together by Stanley Tanner on  here.

picture from
ACROS Fukuoka, in Fukuoka City, Japan

Greenlit: How Green is Hollywood?

Thursday, February 16
8:00 pm

Miami Beach Cinematheque
1130 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach |Florida | 33139 | (305) 673-4567

More details here.

Friday, February 3, 2012

RSMAS Community Garden- The New Composter

David Bryan donated a beautiful composter he built to the RSMAS Community Garden. Please feel free to start adding material in it. Please see the list of what to compost from Gaiamlife (website here)
Please DO NOT add any meat products.

Green / wet materials
  • Fruit and veggie scraps
  • Egg shells
  • Tea bags, tea leaves
  • Fresh green grass clippings and plant trimmings grown without pesticides or weed killers
  • Plate scrapings (excluding meat and bones)
Brown / dry materials
  • Dry leaves, dried grass clippings
  • Wood shavings or sawdust
  • Nuts and shells
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Pinecones, pine needles
  • Shredded egg cartons (the paper kind)
  • Shredded newspaper and tissue paper
  • Twigs
  • Hay
  • Peanut shells
  • Cold wood ashes
  • Dryer lint
  • Shredded cereal boxes and other paperboard items

David Bryan

David and Ballard

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Art with Newspapers- Gugger Petter

from her website:


For the past twenty one years, I have worked with newspaper as my main medium, creating both two and three dimensional works with this material. My fascination with newspaper consists not only of its being "the diary of our lives," it also presents me with a black/white/and limited color palette, which has always been my choice. My work is most often based on a oversized image of an observation of daily life, which can be seen as an abstraction as well as a representational image, where surface, subject matter, color and content all convey tension between opposites.

Holding a profound respect for this material, I have never regarded it as "recycled" or "trash." Even the yellowing aspect of newsprint has been an important factor in my work, and I often encourage this process of yellowing before my work leaves my studio.

Newsprint is normally known as a fragile material, but through my manipulation of the paper, which is rolled tightly into tubes and later sealed by varnish, it is transformed into a very strong and solid material. Yet I tend to "see" it as being fluid, since I construct each piece in the same free manner, much as a painter might use his brush.

Although my work is constructed by weaving, it holds no intended connection to this tradition, and is only used as a constructive tool. The weaving technique permits me to create the desired heavy textured structure - a surface of controlled chaos which I often treat as a canvas by applying paint to the finished surface.

I find the informative aspect of newspaper quite important. Since each piece I create holds all the world/local news of that particular time frame, it becomes an historic piece within itself. All artists date their oeuvre with great importance - reflecting their moment in time. My works not only hold a date, they also represent an historic documentation of our lives. This information may not be of importance to the viewer, but for me each piece becomes a diary.


Garden in Miami- Pinecrest Gardens

post suggested by Amel Saied

from Wikipedia:
Pinecrest Gardens is a 20-acre (81,000 m2) park in Pinecrest, Florida on the corner of Southwest 111th Street (Killian Drive) and Southwest 57th Avenue (Red Road).
It was the original location of the Parrot Jungle, a theme park started in 1936 until they relocated to the city of Miami's Watson Island in 2003. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places as the Parrot Jungle Historic District in 2011.
The park includes a variety of sites including a Botanical gardens, butterfly exhibit, swan lake, petting zoo, children's playground, and a popular splash-n-play area. 

There is also a green market every Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
For more information about the gardens, please find the website here.

Recycling CDs and DVDs-

What to do with old CDs and CD cases and DVDs? How to recycle them? You will find out by reading the article on here.

Old CDs and DVDs may also be recycled at Best Buy. See here for more information.

National Bike to Work Month, Week and Day- May 2012

The Green committee will be sponsoring two events in the late spring/early summer and I wanted to mention them now so that people could put them on their calendar.

We will also be promoting National Bike to work month, week, and day which are May, May 14-18, and May 18, respectively. I will be contacting local bike shops for items to raffle off for those that bike to work on the national bike day. Last year we provided a cold breakfast to those who rode their bike on National bike to work day. This year I will be showing off my camp cooking skills and will provide a hot breakfast to those who bike to work. We will also do some bike repair/maintenance clinics during bike to work week. Look for more details later this spring.

If you are interested in helping promote "green" issues at RSMAS consider joining the Green Committee. We meet on the third Thursday of the Month at noon in the MAC conference room. Our next meeting will be on Feb 16.

Jim Happell
Green Committee Chair

More information about Bike to work month here.
More information about Bike to work day here.

Baynanza 2012- April 21st

The Green committee will be sponsoring two events in the late spring/early summer and I wanted to mention them now so that people could put them on their calendar.

April 21st is the annual Baynanza beach cleanup.  I have contacted Miami-Dade County to start the process of having the beach area in front of RSMAS and the hatchery facility (the area between the historic Virginia Key Beach and Seaquarium) added to the list of official Baynanza cleanup sites. The county people in charge of Baynanza are definitely interested in making our beach area part of their official cleanup sites, but I contacted them too late to have this done for 2012. It is very likely that we will be an official site for the 2013 cleanup. For this year Baynanza officials will send their excess people from the historic Virginia Key Beach site along the Bear Cut shoreline to the RSMAS dock where they will help clean up our beach area. If you are interested in helping with the cleanup this year make sure you sign up for the historic Virginia Key beach site and that way you will get a t-shirt. On-line registration will be available in mid February and I'll send the link once it is open. We will also plan to have some volleyball games and a bring-your-own BBQ for RSMAS folks in the afternoon after the cleanup.

We see getting the RSMAS beach area on the list of official Baynanza cleanup sites as a great outreach opportunity for RSMAS. We are hoping that there are RSMAS people who would be willing to do some outreach activities, like touch-tanks, aquariums, shark stuff, etc. Any outreach activity that would be interesting to the public and would help promote RSMAS and the research we do here is welcome.

Jim Happell
Green Committee Chair

More information on Baynaza here.

Critical Mass Miami

picture by Collin from the critical mass Miami website

The Miami Critical Mass meet up group was founded in December 28, 2006.
The website is here.

It is about:

Meet other Critical Mass participants, people who are enthusiastic about the mass-cycle event that shows that cycling in your city can be fun, safe and better than polluting with cars!

Help To Promote Bicycle Awareness & Safety.

Get Involved in Alternative Transportation.
Have Fun with People in the Community!
Costumes & Props encouraged!

Below are pictures from the meet up on January 27. See if you can recognize some familiar faces.
Photos from Manuel Collazo