April 18, 2011

Sustainability starts at the local level

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How the Office Sustainability is helping Miami go green

sustainatopia-logo JD LasicaAt Sustainatopia the other day, Angela Sager, an Energy Management Specialist in the Office of Sustainability at Miami-Dade County, describes how her office works with companies devoted to energy efficiency, renewable energy and community energy campaigns.

green-bicyclingWhile the federal government may be at the forefront of funding innovative programs that will take us to our shared energy future, it’s the programs at the local level that will get us there. Miami’s Office of Sustainability, for example, is administering a $12.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and is welcoming enterprises that are demonstrating innovative approaches to energy.

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Miami-Dade recently unveiled a very cool site, green.miamidade.gov, which highlights green businesses, showcases best-of-breed projects and offers sustainability tips and rebates for some simple high-efficiency changes in the home.

Angela describes how her office is working on private-public partnerships to develop relationships to grow the market in south Florida for renewable energy or renewable fuels.

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  • It is great to hear about government programs to promote green energy and sustainability. Because so many buildings and so many services are operated by government agencies, I’d also be interested in learning what the government itself is doing on its own turf to save money through sustainability. For example, I was quite surprised to learn that a major Postal Service sorting center has a park on its roof and has implemented energy saving practices to the tune of $23 million. I’d like to see more of that at all levels of government.