Monday, October 29, 2012

Fully Biodegradable Shoes- Trendhunter

Fans of rubber footwear like Crocs can now slip their feet into something a little more eco-friendly with the biodegradable 01Ms.

Please see the rest of the article by Wes Walcott on the Trenhunter's website here.

Please find the onemoment website here.

Queen Butterflies mating- Pictures by Sarah Boyd

You may find more information about the Queen butterflies here.

The Turkey Vultures are back!

The turkey vultures come back to Miami every October, usually around the last two weeks.They announce cooler weather and the start of the Holiday season and they remind us of a natural cycle that we are not usually aware of since the seasons are not marked here like in other parts of the country.

You may read more about turkey vulture on the Turkey Vulture Society website here.

You may see the post I wrote last year here.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Miami Corporate Run/Walk 2013- Design the UM shirt

The Corporate Run/Walk isn't until April 25th, 2013 but we need you to design the UM shirt for the event. Please see attached.The deadline will be December 31,2012. Submit your design (jpeg or pdf file) to
Get creative and let's have RSMAS  win the contest!

12 Tips to Turn your Clutter into Cash- Miami Herald

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A dozen tips for turning your clutter into cash

By Amy Dunn
The News & Observer

In the months leading up to our move from a 3,000-square-foot house with a walk-up attic to a home nearly half that size, I was on a mission:
Purge the clutter we had managed to collect in the course of 30 years of marriage and see how much cash we could raise for an anniversary trip.
If we didn’t need it, love it or use it on a regular basis, we put it up for sale.
There’s nothing like an impending move to speed the emptying of the closets, the far recesses of the attic and the frozen-in-time bedrooms of children who have left the nest.
But even now, a full year after our downsizing, the purge continues. Beyond the cash toward our trip, we’ve found that less clutter has fringe benefits. There’s less to dust, less to organize, less to haul to and from the attic.
Among the unwanted, unloved and no-longer necessary items we have sold: a bookcase, an antique jelly cupboard, an antique wardrobe, a dining room table, two pieces of Ben Owen III pottery, a graphing calculator, dozens of books, Christmas decorations, old appliances, out-dated iPods, toys, clothes, broken jewelry and even a used rain barrel.
The kitty for our trip is hovering at $2,500, and counting.

Read more here:

 You may fid the rest of the article on the Miami Herald website here.

Where Gardens Grow on Roofs- Miami Herald

sent by Albert Boyd

Estela Lopez and her husband, Sergio Hernandez, grow fruits, vegetables and lavender in a rooftop garden in Mexico City.
Tim Johnson / MCT

Read more here:

On Mexico City’s flat roofs, tiny gardens help feed families, provide an urban respite

Climb to a rooftop and scan the horizon of this metropolis, and you’re likely to see nearby rooftops or balconies with vegetable gardens.
Urban rooftop gardening is on the cusp of a boom here, sponsored by a City Hall that sees gardening as a way to alleviate poverty, provide residents with their own healthy food and add some green to one of the world’s most populous cities.
In a program begun five years ago, Mexico City’s municipal government has given grants to 3,080 families to build gardens on their rooftops, sometimes sheltered by simple greenhouses to protect from nightly mountain chill and occasional hail. Many more families have attended urban gardening classes and struck out on their own to grow tomatoes, lettuce, chilies, scallions, guava, passion fruit and other edibles.

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

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

BIQ House: A sustainable building powered by algae- Ecochunk

You may read the article by Anupam Jolly on here.

Tutorial: Little Rock Ghost Town- MADE

MADE is a great site with a lot of tutorials. Here is one to make a Halloween village with recycled products. Feel free to try your own version.

Tutorial on MADE's website here.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Science Comics and more- Rosemary Mosco

from Rosemary Mosco's website:

A field naturalist by training, I'm interested in connecting people with environmental science through field experiences and creative communication projects.
I've worked in diverse science and communications roles with organizations such as the National Park Service's Center for Urban Ecology, CIUT FM radio, and FLAP. My nature cartoons have appeared in several publications including The Globe and Mail and Torontoist.
I hold a M.S. degree in the Field Naturalist Program at the University of Vermont, an integrative field program that examines the pieces, patterns and processes in the New England landscape. I completed my thesis work on web-based and place-based climate change communication.
I also earned a B.A. in Anthropology from McGill University.

You may find her website here.
You may find her Science Comics here.

Miami and the Beaches Environmental Film Festival- Film Schedule

Wednesday, October 24
at 7:00 p.m. : "The Carbon Rush"
at 9:00 p.m.: "Oceans"

Thursday, October 25
at 7:00 p.m: "The Island President"
at 9:00 p.m.: "Cape Spin: An American Power Struggle"

Friday, October 26
at 7:00 p.m: "The Big Fix"
at 9:00 p.m.: "Dolphin Tale"

More details here.

RSMAS Community Garden- One week after planting

One week after planting, the seedlings seem to be growing nicely. They were watered every day except for the week end. Only two kind of plants don't seem to thrive like the others: the lettuces and the eggplants. Only three  of the lettuces survived and the eggplants have been suffering from pests. One of he tomatoe plants will need a cage soon or a stick. Please contact Kieran  at if you want to donate either one.Thanks for supporting the garden!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Pangaea Exploration

Pangaea Exploration operates the expedition sailing vessel Sea Dragon. Over the past 2 years Sea Dragon has sailed a staggering 50,000 miles across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans carrying out important research on the state of the marine environment.
In 2012-2013 the team will continue their work in the Pacific with an expanding mix of partner organisations and scientific experts.
On each leg a new vibrant mix of individuals join the vessel as crew. Read more about how you can make a difference to conservation and be part of the team aboard the Sea Dragon.
The Sea Dragon sails to some of the most beautiful places in the world. View full 2012 Expedition Gallery.


We believe that the depth, complexity and sheer inertia of the threats to our oceans is significant. Practical solutions and the resources to implement them do still exist. The central challenge is our collective will to act, to care. We also believe that our ultimate success depends on a future generation of inspired conservationists.
We have a two-part mission.
  1. To actively strengthen the health of marine life through Exploration, Conservation and Education work.
  2. To inspire and develop a new generation of leaders in conservation science, communication, education, art and policy leadership.
Our role is to help bring these threats to scientists, policy makers, commercial leaders and everyday citizens. We at Pangaea Exploration support, enable, connect and sometimes, lead the many talented people working on marine conservation worldwide. We go to sea to observe, document, learn, listen and communicate. As J.Y. Cousteau believed, "we must go and see for ourselves".

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get Better. It's not
- The Lorax, Dr. Seuss

You may find the Pangea Exploration website here.

Green Halloween: 12 Tips to Keep Things Eco-Friendly- Networx

Why buy disposable costumes when you can repurpose a bike helmet to make a totally green baby turtle costume? (Photo by Sayward Rebhal)

"Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, but unfortunately, the standard celebrations are often out of line with my ethics. For example, almost everything associated with Halloween is disposable, single-serving, or synthetic. Eek! To me, needless waste is a whole lot scarier than ghosts or goblins."

Please see the rest of the article by Sayward Rebhal on the Networx website here.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Miami Corporate Run/Walk 2013 on April 25th- Save the date

October 10

Good morning,

Please save the date for the Miami Corporate Run/Walk 2013 which will be on April 25th, 2013 at 6:45 p.m. Please note that it will be the same date than "Take our daughters and sons to work" day.
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 22,599 participants from 830 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.
Last year RSMAS won the President's challenge cup for the team with the most participants, with 68 people including students, faculty, employees, family members and friends.
Please contact me if you have any questions.



Please see some pictures and articles from last year here:

on the Green blog here.

on E-Veritas here.

on the RSMAS blog here.

Orchid tree- UM Coral Gables campus

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Michigan hospital builds a grenhouse and grows its own organic produce- Springwise

We’ve seen numerous examples of grocery stores building rooftop greenhouses and then selling the resulting produce, and we’ve even seen a company set up to help others do the same. What we hadn’t spotted until just recently, however, is a hospital taking similar steps. Enter Michigan’s Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, which launched an organic greenhouse of its own earlier this year.

You may see the rest of the article on here.

Food Day- October 24

from the Food Day website:

Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Food Day, created by CSPI, is powered by a diverse coalition of food movement leaders, organizations, and people from all walks of life. Food Day takes place annually on October 24 to address issues as varied as health and nutrition, hunger, agricultural policy, animal welfare, and farm worker justice. The ultimate goal of Food Day is to strengthen and unify the food movement in order to improve our nation’s food policies. Join this push for a stronger, more united food movement by signing up to organize or attend Food Day events in your community.

Please see more info here.

Please see below the Food Day activities at UM. Please note that one lecture will be on October 23.

Monday, October 15, 2012

RSMAS Community Garden- The first planting

On Sunday, it was a little overcast but this didn't deter a handful of gardening aficionados (Teddy, Kieran, Christy and Candice) who came to plant the first plants in the RSMAS Community Garden. From 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., they raked, dug, planted and watered with love the piece of land which is now the recipient of the first community garden on this campus. Please feel free to go check on the plants. Also if you want to participate in the gardening, watering or just want to know updates, please send an email to Teddy at and he will put you on the Garden email lists :

On the plant list:
Tomatoes (Big beef, Pink brandywine, Solar fire, Early girl)
Eggplant (Black Beauty)
Red Bell Sweet Pepper

Left to right: Kieran Bhatia, Teddy Allen,  Christy Borski and Candice Canady.