Thursday, March 29, 2012

What's blooming in Miami?- March

Hells Bay, Everglades, Mid March- picture by Andy Kough

picture by Andy Kough


Geiger Tree- 152 St.-March 29

                                         Yellow Tababuia- Marlin Road-March 21

Urban Beekeeping-

Rooftop Bees in Brooklyn-picture from

Urban beekeeping is getting more common.Please see some pictures of  urban beekeepers on the daily green website here.

Also you may want to read "Urban Beekeeping on the Rise"  about beekeeping in New York city by Jie Jenny Zou on here.

This is the year you garden- CNN

picture from CNN
Eatocracy's Managing Editor Kat Kinsman attempts to vegetable garden on a roof deck in Brooklyn, NY in USDA Hardiness Zone 6b. Feel free to taunt, advise or encourage her efforts as this series progresses.
Please see the whole article here.

The Waterlust Project- Patrick Rynne

Waterlust is a project founded by Patrick Rynne, PhD student in Applied Marine Physics at RSMAS as a collaboration between a variety of people to make a series of short films about our relationships with water.
You may find the Waterlust website here.
Waterlust is also on Facebook here.

Isla- Yoan Capote

Isla (see-scape), 2010
Oil, nails and fish hooks on Jute on plywood
200 x 800 cms

Isla is not only a beautiful painting by Yoan Capote, but it is also an amazing work that took 6 months with the help of 30 assistants.
Find out why on Yoan Capote's website here.

Yoan Capote at Rivington Place. Photograph © Thierry Bal 2008

Born in Pinar del Río in 1977, Yoan Capote lives and works in Havana. He completed his art studies at the Instituto Superior de Arte (1991-95), Havana, where he then went on to teach visual art between 2001-03. He received the UNESCO prize during the 7th Havana Biennial (2000) with the artists' collective DUPP (Desde una Pragmática Pedagógica).
He has received several fellowships and residencies including Vermont Studio Center Fellowship (2002); Brownstone Foundation Residency, Paris (2003); Mattress Factory Residency, Pittsburgh (2004); Cuban Artists Fund Grant and Fellowship, New York (2004); Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, New York (2005); and John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, New York (2006).

University of Miami to participarte in Earth Hour 2012- Ian McKeown

 University of Miami to Participate in Earth Hour 2012.
All campus members encouraged to join in!!!!!

 On Saturday 31 March 2012 at 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm the University of Miami will once again join hundreds of millions of people across the globe in switching off the lights for one hour. Earth Hour, the world’s largest public action for the environment.
Through our Green U program we believe that we have a responsibility to reduce our ecological footprint. We would like to invite you to join us in what promises to be an amazing and inspiring global celebration of our collective commitment to the planet.
Earth Hour began as a single-city initiative – in Sydney, Australia – in 2007 and has since grown into a global movement with hundreds of millions of people from more than 5,000 cities and towns in 135 countries/territories across every continent switching off their lights.  Some of the world’s most famous landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Great Pyramids of Egypt, Buckingham Palace, Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer statue, and the Empire State Building have stood in darkness as a powerful symbol of landmark environmental action.
This year the University of Miami will participate on the Coral Gables, Medical, and RSMAS campus.  Lights will be shut down in various voluntary areas of the Clinical Research Building, voluntarily on the marine campus, and all of the fountains and associated lights will be off on the Coral Gables campus.
However, we still need your help to make this a university wide success by switching off all non-essential office lights and unplugging non-essential equipment before leaving the building on Friday 30 March 2012, the day before Earth Hour. If you live on campus leave your dorm and enjoy the beautiful South Florida weather and shut off all your lights and unplug non-essential items before you leave. In addition, you can participate from home!!
Participating in Earth Hour is easy, fun and absolutely free. Sign up to switch off by joining the Green U- University of Miami facebook page where you can find links and videos with more information on the event.  We encourage you to upload pictures and stories of your participation!!!!
       Thanks again for sharing your hurricane pride for this incredible event.
                       Ian McKeown
                       University of Miami Sustainability Coordinator!/pages/Green-U-University-of-Miami/215493501847718

Thursday, March 22, 2012

World Water Day- Frequently Asked Questions

World water day is today.
Why is water a key to food security? How much water is needed to produce our food? If you are wondering, please see the answers and more on the World Water Day website here.

Also please watch this video from WWF suggested by Angela Colbert

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

RSMAS ROID Relay Race- Patrick Rynne

March 15


It is time to put our differences aside and throw down some good ole' fashion competition. 2 weeks from today, we will be hosting the first annual RSMAS paddle board inter-divisional galactic relay race championship....or as it shall be hereby known as, The ROID. The purpose of The ROID is fourfold, first its a fun way to raise some money for the MSGSO student travel fund. Second its great exercise and proper excuse to get outside. Third, its fun and social. And fourth, and most is the unequivocal means of determining which division is king of the castle.

For all information about the race, how to enter, the schedule, the race course, the rules, etc etc etc....go the following site

email me if you have any questions

may the Roid be with you


More on Patrick' website here

Getting started in your garden- CNN

picture from CNN

Spring will be here tomorrow and with the arrival of beautiful days, some of us will start gardening. Here are a few tips to start you garden from Jeremy Harlan on the CNN website here.

Monday, March 19, 2012

March is Seagrass Awareness Month

Learn more about Seagrasses on the Florida Department of Environmental Protection website here.

Do your part to protect Seagrasses by reading some tips in the article by Chris Verlinde on the University of Florida IFAS extension website here.

Celebrate Seagrass Awareness
Month with Commissioner
Saturday, March 24
10:30am – 2:30pm
FDEP Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves / 
(305) 795-3485
1277 NE 79 St, Causeway, Miami FL
Join us at the Biscayne Bay Environmental
Center as Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson
proclaims March as Seagrass Awareness Month.
The proclamation reading is at 10:30am, followed
by a Biscayne Bay kayak excursion around noon.
Reservations are only required for kayak excursion. 

The Planting Tribe- Yves Rocher Fondation

from the website:
In 1992, the Rio Earth Summit was a truly historic event.
Never before had so many world leaders been assembled for this key issue: the health of our planet.

Yves Rocher was one of the four French companies invited to the summit, an opportunity that enabled Jacques Rocher, Honorary President of the Yves Rocher Foundation, to advocate for the cause of the Amazon forests by publishing a petition signed by 300,000 people.

Organized under the aegis of the Uniteds Nations, it was at this conference that the concept of Sustainable Development was developed. To follow up on this concept, the world's leaders will meet again in Rio in 2012...
an anniversary that will be celebrated by the Planting Tribe!

Please see more information here.

Zoo Miami volunteer has classified more than 1,200 species of flaura- Miami Herald

Bob Beck-picture from the Miami Herald

An 87-year-old volunteer has catalogued every plant, bush and tree at Zoo Miami.
Please see the whole article by Ana Veciana-Suarez on the Miami Herald website here.

Read more here:

Friday, March 16, 2012

100 Examples of Recycled Art and design- Trendhunter

MIBO paper animals
From recycled furniture to garbage jewelry, check out some of the cool designs and the article by Josh Triantafilou on the Trendhunter website here and say which one is your favorite.
Scroll down under the article to see the other recycled art examples.

10 Green Giants- CNN Money

10 companies who have gone beyond what the law requires to operate in an environmentally responsible way.

See the whole article on the CNN Money website here.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Colleges take aim at bottled water- Miami Herald

Miami Herald article on Sunday, March 11, 2012
suggested by Albert Boyd

New York- Bottled water is coming under attack on college campuses.
More than 90 schools, among them Brown and Harvard, are banning the sale or restricting the use of plastic water bottles, unnerving the $22 billion retail packaged-water industry in the United States.
Freshmen at colleges nationwide are being greeted with stainless-steel bottles in their welcome packs and encouraged to use hydration stations where free, filtered water is available. Brown, which once sold about 320,000 bottles of water a year, ended sales in dining halls in 2010. Harvard and Dartmouth College are installing hydration stations.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Office Max- alternative green products

When ordering office products for work or for home, please always try to consider a green alternative when available.
Office Max has a line of green products and here are some examples.

-Instead of buying a wall calendar or a paper notepad, consider buying a reusable calendar board or a wall dry erase board  like the ones below.

-Try to purchase products made from recycled materials, like the correction tape below.

-Try buying products made of renewable resources like the pen below, which majority of components are made from corn, which is biodegradable. It has a 22% lower carbon footprint per pen versus conventional plastic pens.

Corporate Run/Walk 2012- Team RSMAS numbers

Thanks for all of you who signed up! 46 is an amazing number but with your help, we can do even better!
If you want to join us, please go here and pick one of the two links for RSMAS (employees or guests)
Please note that the last day for the early registration discount is March 22 and the last day to register is April 5th.
Please remember to email me after you sign up, so I may add you to the RSMAS team list.

almost there!

RSMAS first flea market- MSGSO

On March 7 was the first RSMAS flea market, organized by MSGSO. It was a great idea to recycle or reuse items that one didn't really need anymore and make a little bit of money in the same time. The weather was a little overcast and the market was moved to the Slab breezeway but it didn't stop the fun.
There were all sorts of great things on sale including RSMAS gear, beautiful handcrafted jewelry, SCUBA gear, backpacks, furniture, frames, storage ottomans, games, sleeping bags, cupcakes and Persian food made by RSMAS students and much more!
Kuddos to MSGSO for this initiative and we hope to see this flea market again.

Liz Williams

Corporate Run/Walk UM pep rally- pictures and updates

pictures by Albert Boyd

Registration is now at 472, which is more than last year – we are officially the largest Team UM in history!!  In response to this news, Benefits Administration has agreed to extend the $10 employee discount to the first 750 employees!

Earth Hour 2012- March 31 at 8:30 p.m.

from the website:

More than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour 2011, sending a powerful message for action on climate change. It also ushered in a new era with members going Beyond the Hour to commit to lasting action for the planet. Without a doubt, it’s shown how great things can be achieved when people come together for a common cause.

Find out more here.

If you are at home, consider switching off the electric lights and light some candles. It might a good time to tell stories to your kids, play a board game or go outside watch the stars.

Message from Ray Alfonso, RSMAS Facilities Director:

The RSMAS campus will again be participating in the annual event called Earth Hour<>. The University of Miami supports this initiative and would like to see our  involvement in it with buildings and lights across campus shut off for an hour from 8:30pm to 9:30pm on Saturday March 31st.

Please remember to shut off all the lights when they leave work on Friday/

Baynanza Sign up info- Ian Zink

A simplified guide to those (like me) who don't read details well :

1) Go to website listed above or here
2) Fill out form - select Historic Virginia Key Beach (south)
3) Come Saturday, April 21st, 9am to RSMAS (bring kids, volunteer hour forms, etc as needed)
4) Pick up trash/recyclables until 12pm (or we get done...) and get t-shirt from VA Key Station
5) Enjoy BBQ (BYO food/drink as needed) and company of fellow RSMoids while basking in sunshine on a clean beach!!

In the past, we have walked over to pick up our t-shirts at the close of the event.

Please remember to bring sunscreen/hat/shoes/old cloths/lip balm/sunglasses/water bottle/garden gloves
WE PROVIDE trash bags, gloves (disposable), opportunity to feel good about your efforts!

Anyone with a volleyball out there?  Maybe we can get a mini-tourni (or just some fun games) started for the afternoon....

Thank you from the RSMAS Green Committee (...and Mother Nature...)

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Ian C. Zink