- Creating the Sustainable City Concept: In 2006, ECOMB presented to then Commissioner Michael Gongora, a draft blueprint for a greener, more sustainable Miami Beach . Mr. Gongora presented it to the City Commission and proposed the creation of the Sustainability Committee. The Committee was established in 2007.
- Arbor Day Event. In 1998, ECOMB spearheaded, organized and produced this annual event which has been included in the City of Miami Beach application to be recognized as a “Tree City USA.” The City of Miami Beach Mayor and Commissioners now recognize Arbor Day as an annual event.
- Tree Planting Projects. ECOMB has partnered with the City of Miami Beach, the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce and the GreenSafe division of Dade Paper, in re-planting trees at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas Park.
- Dune Restoration: Through a partnership with Florida International University’s students, native plantspecies were reintroduced to the dune habitats along Miami Beach’s shores. This project was eventually taken over and expanded by the City of Miami Beach. Today the Surfrider Foundation – Miami Chapter, carries out most dune restoration projects in Miami Beach.
- Research Projects: ECOMB has also sponsored students’ research projects, from local universities and colleges, on local environmental issues such as mangrove rehabilitation and the identification of exotic plant species.
The organization has also been recognized for addressing a diverse number of environmental issues such as:
- Promoting “smart buildings” in the residential and commercial Miami-Dade real estate market;
- Addressing the lack of trash receptacles in Miami Beach neighborhoods;
- Proposing a plastic straw ban on city beaches (“Ban The Straw” campaign).
ECOMB’s efforts do not end there. ECOMB also sponsors and organizes the Cinema Green Project, the Green Card Program, occasional underwater cleanups and dune restoration projects. And, for the upcoming year, ECOMB plans to launch new educational campaigns at our soon to be restored Miami Beach Center for the Environment – our new headquarters and environmental education center: one of the first LEED Certified buildings in Miami Beach.
Keep your eyes open.
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