Environment

Miami-Dade Parks EcoAdventures offers a variety of tours and programs at Crandon Park such as the Sunset & Moonlight Canoe Adventures, Bayside Canoe Adventures, Key Biscayne Bike Adventures, and Kayak Adventures! The Crandon Park Visitors and Nature Center is your gateway to the Bear Cut Preserve, a 264-acre natural barrier island habitat located on the northern tip of Key Biscayne. Guided tours and educational programs are offered year round for all ages - from low tide marine beach and wading tours, to bird watching, canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling and bicycling. Visit the center’s exhibit room and aquariums with different recreated underwater habitats. Bear Cut Preserve Nature Walks are available upon request and self-guided nature trails are available with trail brochures at the Nature Center.
With the overwhelming success of the 2011 ENERGY SENSE Appliance Rebate Program, Broward County again is encouraging residents to go green, save money on utility bills and reduce their environmental footprint by participating in the 2012 program. Through the 2012 ENERGY SENSE Appliance Rebate Program the County has up to $165,000 available in rebates to eligible County residents and businesses, and expects to issue an additional 800 to 1,000 rebates.
In any major public works project, timing is crucial. Finishing the job before a crisis becomes a catastrophe is essential – and completing a project in a timely fashion relies on many components that must come together in a finely orchestrated convergence. A central component to that success is funding – the ability to have the money when and where you need it. When your public works project is something as complicated as beach restoration – with its own set of rules, regulations and requirements layered in atop the usual intricacies of a multimillion-dollar effort – funding is even more crucial. You can’t do half a project and wait until the next appropriations cycle to finish the job, unless you want to watch your investment literally wash away. In beach restoration projects half a project is not better than none, since an engineered beach not built to its original design specifications will not last as long as one which has been properly constructed.
       The Office of the Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust (OCITT) is going green by moving to a paperless agenda and providing agenda package materials electronically.  In the past, the department used over 15,000 sheets of paper every month to prepare the agenda packages for both committee and full trust meetings.  Now, anyone can access the Trust’s (CITT) committee and full trust meeting agenda materials on its website 3 days prior to each meeting.  This new system will save the department over $1,000 per year, streamlines the distribution process and is eco-friendly.
Luxury hotel InterContinental Miami today announced that it has partnered with Greenlight Energy to purchase 15,467,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of wind power in 2012. The purchase is part of a broader corporate-wide sustainability strategy and makes InterContinental Miami the largest green power purchaser in Florida to be named to the most recent 100% Purchaser’s List maintained by the EPA’s Green Power Partnership. The purchase also earns the luxury hotel membership in the Partnership’s prestigious Leadership Club. The EPA's Green Power Partnership is an industry-government partnership that helps increase the use of green power among leading U.S. organizations. Currently, there are over 1,300 EPA Green Power Partners that are collectively buying nearly 21 billion kWh of green power annually.  Beyond the use of renewable energy, InterContinental Miami has a broader sustainability focus that covers design, operations and technologies that reduce energy, water and waste, cut carbon emissions, improve guest health and comfort, reduce operating and maintenance costs and raise guest and staff awareness of sustainability issues. “Our decision to go green was another way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity”, says Robert Hill, InterContinental Miami’s General Manager. “Our Hotel has a reputation as an active member of the community and part of that social responsibility lies in making green and sustainable operating decisions that set an example for others to follow.”  InterContinental Miami has partnered with New York-based green power supplier Greenlight Energy to provide renewable energy certificates (RECs) sourced from wind farms across the U.S. Because RECs are not tied to the physical delivery of electrons, they allow organizations to purchase green power from suppliers other than their local electricity provider. RECs help overcome a major barrier to renewable energy development - the fact that the best renewable resources may not be located close to population centers.  “We commend InterContinental Miami’s environmental leadership,” says Kelly Bennett, CEO of Greenlight Energy. “InterContinental Miami not only has incredible amenities and accommodations, but now they should be known as a hotel of choice in south Florida and in the U.S. for anyone with a focus on sustainability,” adds Bennett. All of the wind supplied by Greenlight Energy is certified by Center for Resource Solutions’ Green-e Energy certification program, ensuring that the purchase is sourced from new renewable generators that meet strict environmental and consumer protection standards. The EPA estimates that InterContinental Miami’s purchase avoids an estimated 10,665 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is the equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from 2,091 passenger vehicles each year or the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of 1,330 average American homes for one year. 
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