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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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Transportation

Achieving a Walkable Wynwood

The Wynwood BID has, in only one year, become a force for change within the business and arts district of Wynwood. Change is everywhere you look--from new, ground-up construction of residential buildings for the first time in over a decade; monthly art walks that attract over 15,000 people to the district; even the presence of several microbreweries to open this month. Wynwood has never been stronger.

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Who are you?

The Wynwood Business Improvement District was created in 2013 thanks to the vision of neighborhood land owners. The BID works as a committee within the City of Miami to ensure that services are augmented to create lasting, positive change in Wynwood.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

The Wynwood BID will continue to spearhead efforts to ensure that: 1) Wynwood becomes pedestrian/bike friendly; it will be walkable, have signs and maps, and be well lit at night; 2) Increased access to transportation (trolley; DecoBikes; better parking; alternative methods); 3) The Wynwood BID will continue to advocate at the city, state, and county levels for the betterment of Wynwood, including a new plan for denser residential development essential to a walkable city.

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

Interestingly, Wynwood is at the epicenter of arts in Miami, and this project addresses all eight areas of The Our Miami Report. We have chosen to focus discussion on the broad-based impact to transportation because Wynwood, like South Beach, has a unique opportunity to become Miami's most walkable neighborhood. We will partner with The Miami Foundation to ensure that the broadest public is aware of all efforts--current and future--to improve transportation throughout the 101 acres of Wynwood.

Please give examples of your project's success.

In only one year of operations, the Wynwood BID has:
- become an effective voice for the neighborhood with city, county, and state agencies and officials;
- improve safety and security through a partnership with police, and install cameras;
- establish one way streets; DecoBikes; and new crosswalks
- work with FP&L so that all streetlights work and new ones are added;
- provide Women of Wynwood street teams; and
- work with urban planners PlusUrbia to master plan oversights in Miami21.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Wynwood Business Improvement District

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