Summer was here!
Returning from vacations, camps and other summer fun activities, it is back to school time.
The University of Miami continuous to offer the Contemporary Sustainable Design elective presented by me and I am looking forward to another great semester of eager youngsters looking to incorporate better practices into their future path.
Hurricane season is in full swing and it is important to properly secure your home. Look for some guidance from the Miami Dade County. Properly weatherizing your home and office will also help to be ready as well as reduce cold air leakage and save energy. Government support for weatherization is available and makes this is a great time to tackle this type of project.
With man made events like the BP oil spill in the gulf we are reminded of our delicate presence on this planet. The disaster surely struck close to home and it will take years to clean up. Sustainability remains a key component for our local economy beyond the building industry. Do your part to ensure improved practices locally by preserving water, energy and resources. Send a message to the big guys to make the right decisions for our planet. Florida voters are especially urged to act on the Florida Oil Spill Law. We cannot afford more oils spills, drilling or poor practices that put profit before our environment.
Even when returning to the work routine, remember that it takes a single act to start the largest change. So take a little time to do something green or learn more about green practices. Start recycling, change a light bulb, plant a fruit tree, weatherize your home or send a letter to a decision maker...anything helps.
Sebastian Eilert, AIA, LEED AP+ BD+C