Thursday, September 27, 2012

Miami Tower to conserve energy with new LED lighting- South Florida Business Journal

The Miami Tower in downtown Miami has been retrofitted with a new exterior LED lighting system to reduce energy costs and carbon dioxide emissions.

You may find the article on the South Florida Business Journal website here.

Three Crafts with Newspapers

You may have some newspapers in your home that you are planning to recycle. Why not give them a second chance and try these easy crafts? You may want to make a bowl with paper mache or a coiled newspaper dish to decorate your place or make some beads for a different look. After you become more proficient with the different techniques shown here, you may want to improvise and try your own versions.

You may find the paper mache recycled bowl tutorial on the sillysimple website here.

You may find the coiled newspaper dish tutorial on the savedbylovecreations website here.

You may find the tutorial to make beads on the astorybooklife website here

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Coral Reefs may be able to adapt to climate change with help from algae- University of Miami

A new study by scientists at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science suggests that many species of reef-building corals may be able to adapt to warming waters by relying on their closest aquatic partners—algae. The corals’ ability to host a variety of algal types, each with different sensitivities to environmental stress, could offer a much-needed lifeline in the face of global climate change.

You may read the rest of the rest of the article here.

Sun-Responsive Roofs- The Casa em Movimento Moves East to West For Optimal Energy Harnessing

The Casa em Movimento is the house of the future. While some may scoff at its solar-panelled roof, thinking to themselves that that is so 2009, they will want to pay more attention to the mechanics behind this particular shelter.

You may read the article by Meghan Young on the Trenhunter website here.

You may find more information on the Casas em movimento  website here.

Open Blue- CNN's The Next List

sent by Dr. Daniel Benetti
from the Open Blue website

 Open Blue Vision.

Open Blue is the leader in open ocean raised fish. We work every day to ensure that Open Blue delivers safe and healthy seafood products to the market while maintaining an integrated open ocean farming platform that is innovative and serves as a role model to the aquaculture industry.
We are dedicated to fulfilling a major void in the seafood industry – a reliable, sustainable source of healthy, premium fish, grown with care in a clean, natural and regulated environment. We currently raise cobia, a premium sashimi-grade, marine white fish that is popular in the high-end seafood market. Open Blue has built a unique enterprise to provide a healthy environment for the fish we raise, where we control quality and maintain full traceability through every step of our open ocean aquaculture process.
At Open Blue, we are dedicated to improving the standards of the aquaculture industry through safe and sustainable innovation. Our vision for an aquaculture industry focuses on safely providing the world with healthy fish from the clean, open-ocean waters, while integrating values of social justice and environmental stewardship. As we continue to innovate and improve our technology and processes in Panama, we hope to expand our operations and facilities closer to major modern and Third World global markets, greatly reducing the energy requirements of transporting fish to market, while creating a sustainable and localized solution throughout the world.

You may see more information on the Open Blue website here.

You may see a video here.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Green Economy in a Blue World, full report- UNEP

  sent by Rachel Silverstein

The world’s oceans and coasts – the  Blue World – are the cornucopia for humanity. They provide us with food, oxygen and livelihoods.
Most of the world’s international trade travels by sea. Sea floors yield important minerals, sand and gravel. Technology is beginning to tap new sources of energy from ocean tides, waves and wind. Coastal habitats provide firewood, fibres and other resources, are natural carbon sinks and protect from storms and surges. Ocean views have been shown to improve people’s wellbeing and are an important reason homes near the sea have higher value. Tourism that relies on clean beaches, safe water and abundant marine wildlife provides many ocean communities with jobs, income and foreign exchange. Ocean recreation offers both market and non-market benefits to residents and visitors of the coasts.

You may find the full report on the UNEP website here.

RSMAS Community Garden Fundraiser- October 4th


You may or may not know that there is an area on our Virginia Key campus dedicated to a garden. It is about time this are makes the jump from a secret garden to a RSMAS garden. Recently, MPO's very own Teddy Allen took it upon himself to prepare the garden with some soil and a little elbow grease. Now, comes the next step. As a growing season fast approaches, it is time for planting. However, there is no funding designated for this garden so the financial backing for these plants and fertilizer will need to be generated by the people. The first attempt at raising some money will be a good old-fashioned bake sale held next Thursday, October 4, from 11:30am-1:30pm. This email is a request for RSMAS members to contact either myself or Sandrine to contribute some baked goods for the sale. If you cannot bake then no worries, bought bakery treats are definitely still appreciated. Also, there will be a box for contributions if you do not like eating desserts or making desserts. A flyer is attached with more details and the RSMAS garden blog entry is here.
Please email Sandrine and me with any questions or concerns. Thanks and see you next Thursday!

Kieran Bhatia

Monday, September 24, 2012

UM Community Participates Globally During the Interantional Coastal Clean Up- Laura Bracken on the RSMAS blog

Saturday, September 15th, was the 2012 International Coastal Clean Up, organized by the Ocean Conservancy (and locally by the Robert Allen Law Firm). University of Miami faculty, staff, and students participated by cleaning up their little pieces of paradise and teaching children about the importance of a clean ocean.

You may read the rest of the post by Laura Bracken on the RSMAS blog here.

Working With Waste- Science Special Issue

A special issue of Science with a lot of articles and videos about
working with waste.

You may find it here.

Finding a New Way to Go- Science

The flush toilet was a transformative invention, but experts say its time may be past and are pioneering ways to recover energy and nutrients from human waste.
At first glance, it's hard to see what the labs of stem cell researcher Michael Kallos and petroleum engineer Ian Gates could have in common. Excrement, however, has brought them together. For the past year, the University of Calgary scientists have been collaborating on inventing a new kind of toilet. Using their common expertise in designing bioreactors, they are devising a toilet that can convert feces and urine into fertilizer, clean water, and a source of gas for heating or electricity.
You may read the rest of the article byGretchen Vogel on the Science website here.

Save Pave the World- Science

Researchers who think about how best to stave off the worst impacts of climate change often have their favorite way of disposing of one prominent industrial waste product: carbon dioxide (CO2). Some urge planting trees to soak up the greenhouse gas; others say capture it and pump it underground. For Brent Constantz, the solution is pavement, and lots of it.
You may read the rest of the article by Robert F. Service on the Science website here.

Marine corals, such as this reef in the North Pacific, inspired the idea for seawater cement.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Eagle Scout candidate organizes ocean clean up near Siltsville- Miami Herald

 sent by Jim Happell, chair of the RSMAS Green Committee, who participated in the clean up

The seven surviving stilt homes – built on wooden and concrete pylons two miles offshore in what is now Biscayne National Park – once were remote getaways for politicians, judges and other Miami bigwigs to gamble and drink illegally during Prohibition.
“The Quarter Deck Club ran a racy operation out here – allegedly,” said Bill Tuttle, lawyer for the “Stiltsville Trust” and caretaker of the Ellenburg House, one of the rickety, historic structures that made it through the winds and tidal surge of Hurricane Andrew in 1992 when 12 others did not.
“Now,” Tuttle said, “about as racy as it gets out here is a Boy Scout cleanup.”

Read more here:

You may see the rest of the article by Cammy Clark on the Miami Herald website here.


The Green in U- University of Miami Green Market

Every Wednesday from 9:00am to 3:00pm
at University of Miami, Miami, FL
During School Year Wednesday Market between the student center and library featuring locally grown organic fruits and vegetables, local honey, baked goods, plants, orchids, some food items

If you are close to the UM Coral Gables Campus on a Wednesday, stroll by the Green Market and enjoy its colors and flavors. You may also taste some free samples and decide to purchase some of its great products. Remember that when you are buying goods from local markets, you are supporting your community.

Handmade soaps, lotions and more from Pixie Dust Naturals

Organic and local raw vegan elaborate salads and more from Lamay's Living Foods

Doesn't this salad from Lamoy's Living food look yummy?

Empanadas galore from The Empanada Lady

Colorful locally produced fruits and vegetable

African Shea Butter and African Black Soap

Honey made by local bees from Bee Land

Have you ever seen a blue orchid?

Guacamole, salsa, ceviche and more from the The Guacamole House

Coconuts for some juice

Organic sourdough bread from Zak the baker

Locally grown fruit tasting from Coconut Grove Farms

Focaccias and baguettes from La Provence

Did you know pocorn comes in those colors?

Come back again

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Dolphins Cycling Challlenge- November 3 and 4

The third annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge (DCC), a two-day, 170-mile charity cycling event to benefit Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, will take place November 3-4.

  The DCC is a tri-county charity cycling event founded by the Miami Dolphins to increase cancer awareness, encourage healthy hobbies, and raise funds for UM’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, which has facilities in Miami, Kendall, Plantation, and Deerfield Beach. In its second year, the DCC was an enormous success, attracting more than 800 riders and raising more than $1,070,000 for cancer research at Sylvester.

You may find more information on the DCC here.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Solar-powered 'supertrees' breathe life into Singapore's urban oasis- CNN

Singapore's latest development will finally blossom later this month, with an imposing canopy of artificial trees up to 50 meters high towering over a vast urban oasis.
The colossal solar-powered supertrees are found in the Bay South garden, which opens to the public on June 29. It is part of a 250-acre landscaping project -- Gardens by the Bay -- that is an initiative from Singapore's National Parks Board that will see the cultivation of flora and fauna from foreign lands.
The man-made mechanical forest consists of 18 supertrees that act as vertical gardens, generating solar power, acting as air venting ducts for nearby conservatories, and collecting rainwater. To generate electricity, 11 of the supertrees are fitted with solar photovoltaic systems that convert sunlight into energy, which provides lighting and aids water technology within the conservatories below.

Read the rest of the article by Laure Said-Morehouse on CNN here.

Eco Art- Plastic Bottle Caps Mosaic by Olga Kostina

Olga Kostina, a Russian pensioner from the Russian village of Kamarchaga, in the Siberian taiga, has decorated her simple wooden home with artistic patterns made from over 30,000 plastic bottle caps.
The Siberian taiga is one of the most beautiful natural ecosystems on Earth, but with a population density of just 3 people per square kilometer, it can be a very lonely place sometimes. But one woman living in the rural area at the edge of the taiga’s endless forests has found a very entertaining hobby to help pass the time when there’s simply no one around to talk to. Olga Kostina started collecting all kinds of plastic bottle caps from soda bottles and when she decided she had enough, she began using them to decorate the walls of her wooden house, in Kamarchaga village.

You may read the rest of the article " Russian Pensioner Decorates Her House with 30,000 Plastic Bottle Caps" on the odditycentral website here.


Photos: © REUTERS / Ilya Naymushin

Museum Park’s vaunted plan shrinks as Miami deals with fiscal crunch- Miami Herald

More than four years ago, the city of Miami eagerly embraced an ambitious scheme for the park portion of the mega-million-dollar Museum Park project on the bay in downtown Miami.
Unanimously approved by the City Commission, the plan for a $68 million, 20-acre green space was supposed to turn most of near-derelict Bicentennial Park into Miami’s version of Chicago’s celebrated Millennium Park. The vision: lure thousands of visitors with lush public gardens, a dramatic entrance on Biscayne Boulevard with rows of royal palms growing out of a shallow pool, a great lawn, glass pavilions and a sculpted mound to provide visitors sweeping vistas of water and greenery.

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You may read the rest of the article by Andres Viglucci on the Miami Herald website here.

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When Nature Recycles- Glass Beach, Fort Bragg, California

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In the early twentieth century this place used to be a garbage dump where people would throw away broken glass among other items. Forward to today and the sea has transformed the beach into a magical site which is part of the McKerricher State park.

See the story of Glass Beach on wikipedia here.
See the McKerricher state park page here.