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Fresh water isn’t free, and it certainly isn’t unlimited.  That’s why the Miami-Dade Cooperative Extension Division is hosting a Rain Barrel & Water Conservation Workshop on Saturday, September 11.  The workshop will be held at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Participants will learn how they can use water more efficiently to conserve this important natural resource, all while saving money. There will also be an opportunity to exchange your old showerheads and light bulbs for new ones that are more energy efficient.







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.

NatureScape Broward and partners will be hosting a workshop on Broward Urban Oases for Migrating Songbirds on Friday, August 6, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Long Key Natural Area and Nature Center located at 3501 S.W. 130 Ave. in Davie. Launched by Audubon, the Urban Oases Program is designed to promote landscaping that will improve the value of urban green spaces for migrating songbirds, save water and energy, increase the urban tree canopy and contribute to the cooling and beautification of our urban environments.
The findings of a US-funded research project on the Soufriere / Scott’s Head Marine Reserve (SSMR) in Dominica will be one of the highlights in a regional policy discussion in Rouseau, Dominica on Tuesday, July 20. The research was done by the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES) of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) – a leading US conservation organisation with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The discussion will examine the lessons from the Soufriere / Scott’s Head Marine Reserve which is one of only two legislated locally managed marine areas in the Eastern Caribbean. Some of the recommendations coming out of the research are: Get a legal-administrative review of SSMR / Local Area Management Authority (LAMA) legislation, by-laws and procedures to fix inconsistencies and ensure all are in place to support the new management plan.