Green Apple Day of Service
Since the City of Miami Beach's Family Service Day and USGBC's Green Apple Day of Service occur on the last Saturday of September, the two groups joined forces in 2013. The City continued to promote their beach clean up and restoration projects, while USGBC Miami brought the effort into the schools. In past years, we have worked with Biscayne Elementary, Fienberg-Fisher K-8, and Miami Beach Senior High School. Projects have ranged from planting vegetable gardens, tree plantings as part of a campus beautification effort, planting butterfly gardens as habitats for native and endangered species, and many other community-based efforts.
Helping Miami Grow
USGBC's ADVANCE program is a platform for students and young professionals to go into the community and carry the green torch by working with local nonprofits that have shared values, and identifying specific projects that can move both organizations' missions forward.
In the summer of 2016, four emerging professionals from the Miami Branch of the USGBC South Florida Region entered a "pitch" competition at our national leadership conference, Convergence, in Jacksonville, Florida. Michael Caballero, Chi Chi Truong, Kenyona Pierre, and Aida Lora submitted a team pitch for their project "Helping Miami Grow." Their project won by a unanimous vote and the earned $1,000 in seed money to help kick off their project.
Helping Miami Grow is an effort to combat food deserts in Miami through an aquaponics system and an enhanced curriculum. Our goal is to work with schools in underserved communities and help the students learn about where their food comes from and the importance of healthy eating. To watch their pitch and find out more about this project, please visit the video below: