High Tide Photo Challenge
October 24-31st 2011
GLEE and Monroe County need you to document the highest tides of the year.
For a couple of days in late October, the “regular” high tides in the Keys will reach new heights. Normal, cyclical events will add to current Sea level rise and produce flooding of areas within ~2.6 feet of sea level.
This normal, but rare extreme high tide event will actually be 1-foot below the most conservative estimate (3') of where normal sea water levels are expected to rise to by the end of this century (upper end estimates are 5’ above current sea level). With what is happening in the Arctic and Greenland, many respected scientists now foresee a likely sea level rise of at least 1.5 feet just within the coming 50 years. The Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact Counties, consisting of Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach, are using 3-7 inches by 2030 and 9-24 inches by 2060, based on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports.
Call to Action:
In order to help Keys residents (and the rest of our nation and its leaders) visualize what will happen if we don’t take strong, immediate steps to decrease carbon emissions (80% reductions by 2050), GLEE and Monroe County are holding a photo challenge to help document what awaits us.
1) Pick your Site(s): We want photos from all over the keys! It is important to choose a site that is both low and recognizable as a “usually above ground” spot. For those in Key West and Stock Island, these maps can help: Sea Level Rise Maps for Coastal Areas
2) Time Your Tide: It is important to be there at the right time. Once you have chosen your area, check the tide chart for the right time for your area (high tide time can vary by up to an hour depending on where your site is located). http://www.saltwatertides.com/dynamic.dir/floridakeyssites.html
3) Send it In: Email your best shots to email@example.com. We will web-post the best shots on our flickr site and highlight them in our November eNewsletter and with a press release. All high tide photos submitted to the cause will become the property of GLEE to circulate nationwide, with full credit to the photographers)
Greening businesses in a plastic-free Keys!
June is Green Business Month and the perfect season for adopting best business practices for the environment and improving your bottom line.
GLEE provides Keys businesses with easy access to information for greening any type of business operation on our Green Business web page at keysglee.com. Check out our Green Business Directory where all members and their services are listed and green certified businesses are highlighted.
GLEE’s Green Business Program offers free downloadable tools that will help you conserve resources, reduce waste and save money. Eliminating use of plastic retail bags and Styrofoam, both made from petrochemicals and toxic to the environment, is one measure you can take to green your workplace. Water conservation is also a priority given our limited resources and ongoing drought.
Sign up for a free Green Business consultation or attend a free workshop and GLEE will help you work toward green certification and all the benefits that come with it. It's time to tailor your workplace operations to respond to the growing demand for green products and services and the need for eco-conscious practices. Click here and send us your name and location for workshop details.
Or sign up to be a GLEE Volunteer to help this program grow..
Sustainability Demonstrated by Green Living Awardees
GLEE’s 4th Annual Green Living Awards were presented in a ceremony Saturday, May 7, at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Gardens.
2011 Green Living Awards, selected by the GLEE board of directors include:
Individual Award: Annalise Mannix, recently appointed to the Monroe County Climate Change Advisory Committee was also a member of the county Green Building Task Force. Learn more...
Student Award: Poinciana Elementary School Recycling Rangers, in one school year, taught 650 students, their teachers and administrators how to recycle, creating a process for recycling in every classroom, office and in the cafeteria. Learn more...
Business Award: First State Bank of the Florida Keys has served as a community leader in using and promoting sustainable strategies that reduce energy usage, promote reuse and increase recycling through education and incentives. Learn more...
Agency/Organization Award: Florida Keys Electric Cooperative conducted 74 free, in-depth energy audits for cooperative members last year and its Marathon solar array, the first grid-connect solar array in the Keys, now serves 29 interconnected solar homes. Learn more...
Local Government Award: Monroe County Commissioners and county staff, committed to GLEE’s Green Living Pledge, hired a sustainability coordinator to manage a $2.3 million energy grant, and adopted resolutions to reduce GHG emissions, while setting policies for energy, fuel, water and waste reduction. Learn more...
2011 Green Ambassador Awards are selected through an online vote system.
Individual Award: Adriana Sanchez-Gomez was born on Earth Day. Her sustainable choices include use of organics, composting, a home garden, recycling, reusing and homeopathy. Learn more...
Student Award: Reade Lawson is a nine-year old who lives on Sugarloaf Key. Learn more...
Business Award: The Hammocks At Marathon is a certified DEP Green Lodging property that has earned a “Two Palm” designation. Learn more...
Agency/Organization Award: Florida Keys Electric Cooperative (See above for details.)
Local Government Award: City of Marathon, which tied with Monroe County for popular votes, will meet goals to have all properties under Advance Waste Water Treatment well before the 2015 deadline. Learn more...
Local Government Award: Monroe County tied with the City of Marathon for votes. See above for details.
Local Youth Hold Promise for Green Future
Monroe County Mayor Heather Carruthers (left), who accepted a 2011 Green Living Award for the county, looks on as nine-year old Reade Lawson is presented the Individual Award by GLEE Chairman Steve Grasley and Executive Director Alison Higgins. The awards are presented annually by Green Living & Energy Education (GLEE) to promote and educate on sustainability.
Erik Vinson and other students from Key West High School Project Protect participated in GLEE’s efforts to Ban the Bag, providing Saturday shoppers with reusable bags donated by Publix. More than 70 shoppers signed a Pledge to Reduce Fossil Fuel Consumption by 10 percent, kicking plastic bag and water bottle habits, conserving energy, water and reducing travel. KWHS teacher Amy Jones advises Project Protect students.
Volunteers Needed to Help Green the Florida Keys!
Want to know more about organizing grass roots efforts and events? Want to collaborate with like-minded individuals, promote green business and sustainable practices?
Now more than ever, GLEE needs individuals like you to help sustain the momentum with programs, outreach and implementation. In exchange for your efforts, we'll teach you useful skills that you can use in many aspects of your life and work.
Straight Talk on Commercial Recycling
Greg Sullivan of Waste Management (WM), recently answered questions about the ins and outs of commercial recycling on KONK Radio's EcoCentric View.
"Working with businesses to become green certified, many are setting up commercial recycling accounts for the first time," said Bridget McDonald, coordinator of GLEE's Green Business Program. "There seems to be a lot of fear and confusion about the cost of recycling."
Sullivan said the fee depends on the size and number of the recycling containers as well as the number of pick ups, so it's a different fee for every business depending on needs.
The table below shows current monthly fees for commercial recycling in Key West. In other areas of Monroe County, rates may vary due to the various waste hauling companies and contracts (5) in place throughout the Keys.
Recycling might cost a bit more to set up, but for many businesses, recycling is either saving them money or their waste hauling expenses remain the same once recycling is implemented. Here's why -- what had been going into the solid waste bin, is now being recycled, reducing solid waste volume, and in some cases, reducing overall fees.
Sullivan also answered some frequently asked questions GLEE gets about commercial recycling with Waste Management.
To read more on commercial recycling, click here and scroll down to the Q & A.
GLEE Expos Offer Keys Communities Green Resources, Workshops
From Key Largo to Key West people are learning how to green their lives thanks to the many who participated in the Green Living Expos Nov. 1-7. If you were there, check out the slide shows of each event at the link below. Couldn’t make it? Check out the link below for green products, services and other sustainable needs offered by our Sponsors and Exhibitors.
Hundreds Pledge to Reduce Oil Use at Hands Across the Sand
More than 400 demonstrators showed up at Key West's Smathers Beach to show unity in the stand against off shore oil drilling and to support clean alternative energy.
Oil spills are terrible. We all abhor what BP has done to the water, the wildlife, and the way of life of citizens of the Gulf of Mexico and the world. However, we need to understand the connection between OUR consumption of oil and the aggressive manner in which oil companies are feeding our addiction.
Join the Florida Keys green movement to manifest clean renewable energy solutions for the Keys while pledging to reduce your consumption of fossil fuels and products made from petrochemicals.
Email your signed pledge to firstname.lastname@example.org