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Environment & Public Space

The Science Barge: an urban sustainable farm & education center

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The Science Barge is a self-sustaining floating farm and environmental education center that will provide an urban link to fresh produce, marine conservation and sustainability. The Barge’s goal is to promote ecological sustainability through public demonstration, education and research projects related to the urban waterfront. In particular, its ability to grow crops without soil in a hydroponic greenhouse powered by... more »
Who are you?

CappSci is a non-profit foundation located in Coconut Grove. Our mission is to apply science to challenges of global significance and solve them by combining people, knowledge, and capital.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

The Science Barge will activate underutilized waterfront & add value to a public park without compromising any green space. The Barge produces food in the urban core using renewable energy & a closed-loop water system, which preserve air & water quality by reducing the trucking of food & eliminating runoff into waterways. The Barge will serve as model for South Florida as a leader in renewable energy & sustainable agriculture, with the ultimate goal of spurring investment & jobs.

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

The Barge strives to be net zero & will preserve air quality by producing no emissions. All fresh water is re-circulated, ensuring that no nutrients pollute Biscayne Bay. All waste on the Barge is recycled, composted or repurposed encouraging the implementation of these practices in daily life. Taken together, these technologies embody an ecologically conscious approach to food & energy production that, when adopted globally, can slow climate change and mitigate the threat of sea level rise.

Please give examples of your project's success.

The Miami Science Barge expands upon the highly successful NY Science Barge, designed by CappSci founder, Dr. Ted Caplow. Now in its 7th year, the Science Barge has hosted tens of thousands of students and public visitors and appeared in National Geographic, Science, and the Economist, among others. Dr. Caplow’s original design will serve as our model, but adapted to Miami’s sustainability and environmental challenges. A local advisory panel will be led by Dr. Kenny Broad of UM’s RSMAS.

Organization Name (or individuals name) CappSci

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Civic Engagement

Urban Paradise Guild: Volunteerism Unleashed!

Our GOALS:
1. Engage 10,000+ Volunteers per year.
Every project is designed to:
2. Make Miami a better place to live today.
3. Make Miami's future safer from Sea-Level Rise and Climate Change.

Urban Paradise Guild (UPG) has fielded hundreds or thousands of Volunteers every year from 2009-2014.
Now, we are ready to grow!

UPG is a Volunteer-Powered Organization: 100% of our Staff and Workers are Volunteers!
In the... more »
Who are you?

Urban Paradise Guild, Miami non-profit 501c3, Founded 2008

Missions include
Urban Forestry
Urban Agriculture
Nursery
Experiential Education
Urban Planning & Public Policy

Website: www.urban-paradise.org
Facebook 3000+ Photos

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Community Engagement + Volunteerism allow us to impact virtually all the issues identified in the Our Miami Report.

UPG has a uniquely effective Volunteer-Powered organizational model.

We need to scale up in order to engage more Volunteers. To do so, we need the resources to professionalize.

Goal: engage 10,000+ Volunteers every year.

Shaded Pedestrian/Bike Paths enable safe transit and exercise.
Organic Gardens allow Healthy Choices.
Education creates economic opportunities.

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

Civic Engagement: UPG has thousands of mostly young Volunteers.
Environment & Parks: UPG has ongoing projects that improve 7 locations. Sweat equity is invested 8x per week. All fight Sea-Level Rise.
Experiential Education helps students and adults learn how to learn. Engagement retains talent.

UPG Projects (Gardens + Pedestrian/Bike Trails + Volunteer Work) Improves:
Healthy Choices
Economic Opportunities
Housing Affordability
Pedestrian/Bike Friendly + Transit Access
etc...

Please give examples of your project's success.

New grants allow UPG to add professional staff and resources.

We increase Recruiting and Engagement leading to increases in Volunteerism.

Improved Experiential Education leads to greater satisfaction and more Repeat Volunteerism and Staff Retention.

More resources available for UPG Projects enables greater impacts. We become more effective at protecting Miami from Sea-Level Rise.

Success increases popularity + "brand awareness", and helps us to get more funding.
Repeat from top.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Urban Paradise Guild

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Education

Using QR Codes to Unlock Exotic plants at the Fruit & Spice Park

Quick Response codes, QR codes, will be created and placed on the existing labels of each of the plant specimens in the park. By using their Smartphones, visitors will be taken to the Park website where additional material can be accessed.

Who are you?

The Fruit & Spice Park is a 37 acre educational park in the heart of the Redland in Miami-Dade County that features tropical and subtropical edible and agricultural plants. These are plants that impact the lives of people all over the world.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

By placing QR codes on the labels of the plants in the Park, the Park visitor will have access to an expanded amount of material specific to that plant. By using this method of learning, visitors will have the opportunity to learn at their own pace and level of involvement.

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

Education: This project will allow the visitor to access material that otherwise may not be available to the visitor, such as how man uses the plant, how the plant fits into the Plant Kingdom, and information specific to that plant can be accessed.

Please give examples of your project's success.

The Fruit & Spice park contains over 2,000 plants from tropical and subtropical areas around the world. Our plants are labeled and the Park has a beautiful website created by one of our community partners. By using this established website, we can expand our reach to more visitors and provide more information.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Fruit & Spice Park

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Arts & Culture

ARTSreach

ARTSreach, is an inclusive arts educational enrichment program dedicated to providing the highest quality of active and passive arts experiences in Fine Arts – Dance and Painting - at designated Miami-Dade County Parks’ Out-of-School Programs for at-risk elementary and middle school children. This educational arts outreach project affords hand-on arts and cultural projects, discussions, literacy in performing and visual... more »
Who are you?

The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is a 501 (c)3 organization which fosters the recreational, educational, environmental and cultural life of the Miami-Dade County community by encouraging and soliciting support for our County’s park system.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

ARTSreach is the link between youth and success. Students will use the empowerment tools they have been afforded in the Out-of-School ARTSreach Project as an avenue to discover their cultural experiences and build their talents to be creative and expressive. Art enriches us as individuals and collectively as a society. Art not only provides a healthy outlet for expression but defines our community. Youth who engage in arts are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic success.

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

Arts and Culture - Part of the mission of Miami-Dade County Parks is to bring a wide variety of arts and cultural learning opportunities to the youth of our community. The arts are a powerful tool for engaging and supporting children as they move through adolescence. By giving voice to their thoughts, feelings, and experiences, youth become empowered to face their challenges and pursue their dreams. A well-designed executed art education serves as a critical component to a complete education.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Miami-Dade Parks created an innovative summer arts camp, G.E.M. Girls Empowerment and Mentoring Arts Program. The G.E.M. program received The National Association of Counties’ 2013 Achievement Award and was recognized by FIU for making the 2013 Internships Dean’s List. G.E.M.’s success serves as a model of what we have made possible and we will continue this legacy for ARTSreach, aimed towards all genders. ARTSreach will provide our youth with the tools to turn challenges into opportunities.

Organization Name (or individuals name) The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade

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Environment & Public Space

Youth Interactive Learning Stations at Gratigny Plateau Park

Access to public spaces is an integral part of community well-being. The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is committed to helping create and sustain public spaces, like Gratigny Plateau Park, that are accessible, enriching and vibrant. Installation of interactive learning stations at the park will enhance the children’s cognitive development and discovery while they play. Examples of learning stations include: freestanding... more »
Who are you?

The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is a 501(c)3 organization which fosters the recreational, educational, environmental and cultural life of the Miami-Dade County community by encouraging and soliciting support for our County’s park system.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Access to public spaces is an integral part of community well-being. The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is committed to helping create and sustain public spaces, like Gratigny Plateau Park, that are accessible, enriching and vibrant. Installation of interactive learning stations at the park will enhance the children’s cognitive development and discovery while they play. Examples of learning stations include: freestanding telescope; small conifer maze; trees fun facts; and flower talk tube.

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

As emphasized in the Our Miami Report, access to quality public spaces is a “critical component of a vibrant urban environment.” The creation of Gratigny Plateau Park is an example of how a strong public-private partnership works to foster community resilience and improve the quality of life in Miami-Dade County. The proposed project will continue the partnership’s revitalization efforts and enhance the quality of the park with the installation of four interactive learning stations for youth.

Please give examples of your project's success.

A two-year partnership lead by Local 10 News, supported by the Miami-Dade Parks Department and other community and business leaders, culminated in the development of Gratigny Plateau Park. Transformed into a clean, accessible and safe place for children and adults to recreate and grow, the park was designed to resemble a flower “signaling new life for a community in need.” The new community park contains walking paths, fresh-air fitness stations, playground, benches, and a butterfly garden.

Organization Name (or individuals name) The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade

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Health & Safety

Walk for Life

To increase physical activity and to serve local families and individuals, the Parks Department, the Parks Foundation, the Deering Estate at Cutler, and the Deering Estate Foundation will launch a community walking program that is accessible and welcoming to all. “Walk for Life” is a volunteer supported walking program to get all ages and abilities moving and gaining the health benefits of regular exercise. Participants... more »
Who are you?

The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is a 501(c)3 organization which fosters the recreational, educational, environmental and cultural life of the Miami-Dade County community by encouraging and soliciting support for our County’s park system.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

The pedometer will track route, pace, calories, distance, time and connect these with our local parks, museums, nature centers, or places of special interest along the way. As walkers in the program reach certain milestones, they’ll receive special offers, park passes, discounts on tours and fitness and recreation programs, for those participating in the program. This friendly, simple to use app would motivate walkers and improve activity levels, weight loss, and include social tools.

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

Health & Safety- The Walk for Life Program will motivate members to get out and get moving by providing a fun social atmosphere, special offers, and reports on their progress. According to the American Heart Association the benefits of walking are significant to a healthy lifestyle including, reducing the risk of coronary heart disease, osteoporosis, breast and colon cancer, and type 2 diabetes as well as improving blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and maintaining a healthy body weight.

Please give examples of your project's success.

There are approximately 40 walkers in the Deering Pilot and over 200 walkers already enrolled in the project community-wide. Local, specialty parks, support the volunteer directed program with specialty walks and quarterly trainings for volunteers and participants to increase connectivity to other Parks programs. These walkers not only return week after week for the program, but become more aware of the cultural and natural resources they are enjoying and also recruit family and friends to join.

Organization Name (or individuals name) The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade

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