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Environment & Public Space

Colony1: A Sustainability Center for Miami using Art+Science

The Art of Cultural Evolution is an environmental and arts non-profit organization committed to urban sustainability. The organization has recently been awarded a 50 year land grant from Miami-Dade County to build Miami's first sustainability center, an eco-friendly community and sustainable ‘living building’, Colony1. It will be the 15th certified ‘living building’ by the Living Institute in the world and the first... more »
Who are you?

I'm the director of Art of Cultural Evolution, engaged community member and parent to future community members. With rising concerns of environmental issues and climate change, I dedicate all of my time to making Colony1 happen.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Colony1 helps on multiple issues, as resiliency in the face of climate change includes everyone. Our bulk food store reduces carbon foot print, toxic chemical in packaging, supports local farmers, local economy and recycles glass containers for people to get low cost high quality food. In addition we are teaching people to grow food and also how to cook food in our teach and event kitchen. Beyond food, we have an art+science residency program that produces quarterly exhibitions.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Colony1 addresses climate change, sea level rise and economic resiliency. By leading the way forward in consumer habitats and providing an educational platform in which environmental education is brought to the public through creative arts Colony1 helps create resiliency in Miami. Resilient architecture, street planning, jobs, food, water, energy and community is all encompassed in the Colony1 project.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Colony1 has received a land grant from Miami-Dade County in Wynwood, grants from Awesome Foundation, ERM, Miracle Gro, Pollination Project and has raised over $5,000 from crowd sourcing. Colony1 has had several local articles in Curbed, New Times, Edible and local blogs. In addition community volunteers come every Friday and Saturday working on Colony1's gardens. Colony1 collaborates with Miami Dade College providing service learning hours and participates in public festivals and fairs.

Organization Name (or individuals name) art of cultural evolution

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Health & Safety

Mobile Food Pantry

The Mobile Food Pantry (MFP) is one of Feeding South Florida’s (FSF) most innovative and effective approaches to bringing nutritious foods into neighborhoods that have been deemed food deserts. The residents in these areas have limited access to nutritious food and/or retail grocery stores and live below the federal poverty level. Through the MFP, individuals and families are able to access foods vital to a healthy diet.... more »
Who are you?

Feeding South Florida's mission is to end hunger in South Florida by providing immediate access to nutritious food, leading hunger and poverty advocacy efforts and transforming lives through innovative programming and education.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Food insecurity (not knowing where you will get your next meal), caused by low wages and little access to healthy food, is a significant barrier that prevents so many from living, working and thriving in Florida. According to Children’s Health Watch, food insecurity is linked to increased hospitalizations, developmental problems, and higher obesity rates among children. For older adults, food insecurity is tied to increased risk of heart disease, osteoporosis, kidney failure, and memory loss.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Feeding South Florida Mobile Food Pantry addresses the Our Miami Report Health and Safety Goals 2 and 3. In particular, the 23.9% of the population of Miami that is considered obese, the heart disease death rate of 352.4 per 100K among individuals ages 35 and above, and the stroke death rate of 60.3 per 100K among individuals ages 35 and above all have direct links to the access members of our community have to healthy food options.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Each week, FSF and Glory Temple Ministries, located in the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami, host a Mobile Food Pantry (MFP). Hundreds of families in need receive fresh fruits and vegetables in a farmer’s market style distribution. Individuals have the option to choose the items they like with the same dignity as shopping in a regular open-air market, rather than receiving donated items that they may not use. Each week, an average of 16,842 pounds of food are distributed through this MFP.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Feeding South Florida

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