Sustainability

Make Every Day, Earth Day

Home. It’s not just where we live. Brevard County is a unique place that we call home. Earth Day is the perfect time to remind us all how precious the Space Coast is and how our daily actions and intentional thinking can keep it precious for every generation to enjoy.

Across Florida in a Nissan Leaf

Current electric cars are not for every driver, but if you can be flexible, it’s amazing what you can do in a plug-in vehicle. I recently test drove a Nissan Leaf. Early that morning, as I drove to the dealer, I got a call. The car we were going to drive didn’t arrive. Would I be willing to go and get one from the other side of the state of Florida?

Why do we do this?

We committed to helping preserve and improve the quality of life available to all residents of the State of Florida. Our mission is to help individuals, families, businesses and organizations reach their fullest potential and accomplish their evolving goals.

Sea Turtle Preservation Society Open House

The Sea Turtle Preservation Society is having an open house and invite the public to come and discover everything they do to help protect and preserve Brevard County’s Sea Turtles.

Eco-Explorers Summer Camp

The Sea Turtle Conservancy has teamed up with Brevard County Parks & Recs through the EEL Program to offer a one-of-a-kind water-loving summer camp.

Tell Us About Yourself

GreenBrevard.com tells local stories about people and organizations doing good things in the community. Share your best practices, good deeds, and the people who make a difference in Florida’s Space Coast.

What Do You Mean by Green?

“Green” can mean many things. For us, it first defines the natural beauty of Brevard County and our desire to see it preserved. But beyond environmental issues, thinking “green” encompasses many aspects of intentional living that keep us balanced, healthy and inspired.

Florida State Energy Legislation Webinar

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy invites you to join us for a webinar to learn about what’s happening in terms of energy policy for Florida in the current legislative session.

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Hacienda Girls Ranch

Hacienda Girl’s Ranch is based on the philosophy that regardless of circumstances which may have left a girl homeless, she should be given an equal opportunity for healthy, emotional and physical growth.

Richard on the Radio

Fort Lauderdale’s 93 Rock caught up with Richard Evans, CEO of the Community Greenhouse Foundation, for an Earth Week interview.

PlanetShifter.com Lands Innovation Network

PlanetShifter.com is a virtual people resource collective and transparent by design: you are a member and you have works to share and critiques to share and a new product or service to nail.

Act Locally

As the Volunteer Coordinator and Coordinator for Student Community Service, Mr. Weber is on the beach almost every day cleaning up. He will talk of the his experiences with umbrellas, towels and other finds.

Together Green

he five-year TogetherGreen initiative was launched this past spring to fund conservation projects, train environmental leaders, and offer volunteer and individual action opportunities that significantly benefit the environment.

A New Energy Plan

America is blessed with the world’s greatest wind power corridor and abundant reserves of clean natural gas, the Pickens Plan will utilize these tremendous resources to build a bridge to the future.

Campus Sustainable Conference

The Annual Campus & Community Sustainability Conference is hosted by the University of Central Florida and the Council for Sustainable Florida, this event is about more than just life on campus – it’s about moving Florida toward a more sustainable path.

Florida Energy Grants

Florida’s DEP announces a new program to provide renewable energy matching grants for demonstration, commercialization, research, and development projects relating to renewable energy technologies.

Green Up Your Business

Community Greenhouse Foundation has developed a program to help you reduce electric and water usage, to encourage recycling and use of recycled materials, and to reduce the amount of solid waste your organization produces.

Change a Light Day

This year, there are additional actions you can take to Change the World beyond lighting, such as using a programmable thermostat, enabling computers to power down when not in use, and looking for the ENERGY STAR label when making a new purchase.

Urban Lifedesign Group

Community Greenhouse Foundation is proud to announce a new Strategic Partner serving the South Florida communities to delivery it’s “Greening Residential America” program.

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Florida Solar Energy Center

The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), a research institute of the University of Central Florida, is the largest and most active state-supported renewable energy and efficiency institute in the United States.

Help Save Sea Turtles

This program, the Sea Turtle Emergency Response Program, has been developed to provide better beach coverage to search for and rescue post-hatchling sea turtles that have washed back ashore after a large storm event.

Green Travel Site

The newly launched green travel Web site offers resources for families and travelers looking to get away without depleting their wallets, gas tanks or the environment.

Florida Celebrates the Year of the Reef

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Coral Reef Conservation Program is encouraging public awareness of coral reefs and their impact on Florida’s marine environment.

Green Earth Expo

Slated as the “World’s largest sustainable commerce and lifestyle trade show event”, the Expo will feature major automakers, alternative energy providers, green construction fabricators and contractors, Green service providers, energy efficient appliance manufacturers, as well as health & wellness groups and organic retailers.

Green Communities At Work

One of the main reasons the Community Greenhouse Foundation sponsored the Green Communities program was the idea of communities sharing good news and stories about the way people and organizations are doing positive things as they related to green sustainable living in their communities.

A Little Wasted Water Can Make A Lake

Wow! We use a lot of Water! I was on the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Public Works web site the other day searching for how to get new water service and stumbled onto a Conservation Checklist.

Cocoa Beach Hotels In Florida Green Lodging Program

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today welcomed both the Hampton Inn and Courtyard by Marriott into the Florida Green Lodging Program. The designations are the first for Brevard County and the 37th and 38th for the program, a…
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Florida’s First LEED Silver Home

John and Pam Pare weren’t home when Hurricane Charlie buried their Orlando home under a massive oak, but reality sank in quickly. The family had gone away for the weekend, and never spent another night in the home they had…
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Green Regional Project

The U.S. Department of Energy recently named the Florida Solar Energy Center at the University of Central Florida as one of only two sites nationwide that will share a multi-million dollar grant to accelerate the adoption of new and developing…
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Homebuilder Debuts Greener Home

Home builders are starting to see the light. The green light that is. Mercedes Homes revealed their commitment to helping the environment with the unveiling of the company’s second greener home in Brevard County. The Green for Life program, was…
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Get Green Directory Launches

Connected to both the green building industry and the health & wellness world, Get Green Today Expo helped us see the need to create a place where consumers can find and connect with businesses and people who make a difference….
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LEED Energy Modeling Tool

Florida Solar Energy Center releases EnergyGauge Summit Premier 3.13, easy-to-use, state-of-the-art software that saves time while completing required energy modeling calculations for LEED projects. This tool is for construction-industry professionals. The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), a research institute of…
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igourmet.com Supports Green Building

Founded in 1997, igourmet.com is America’s leading online gourmet food and gift retailer. They recently announced their desire to help sustainable development not-for-profit, Community Greenhouse Foundation. CGF is a not for profit professional services organization that facilitates and promotes greener…
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Get Green Today Expo

Get Green Today Expo is a new venue created to raise awareness and create exposure for cleaner, greener products and services. There are so many little things a consumers can do better to use less power, conserve water and live better, saving money and lessening their individual impact on our resources. From health, beauty and wellness to exciting new technologies, we’re excited about the opportunity to help bring these better ways of doing things to Floridians.

Clean Tech Revolution

Talk radio host Laura Ingraham recently went against political lines as she interviewed author Clint Wilder about his latest book, The Clean Tech revolution. She started her bit, noting that when she picked up the book, she expected to read global warming hype and Al Gore political rhetoric. She was amazed by the basic premise, one that those familiar with the green building world have been trying to get out to the public for the last decade. We can use technology to make our world a better place. And businesses who lead this new tech wave will thrive.

Idealists Unite

I recently discovered I was an idealist. Well, I’ve always been passionate about many aspects of life. I’ve always volunteered and worked with many non profit groups to make my community a better place. Yet it wasn’t until recently that someone labeled me as an idealist.

Webster says an idealist is “one guided by ideals; especially one that places ideals before practical considerations.” It leads that an idealist is “an adherent of a philosophical theory of idealism; an artist or author who advocates or practices idealism in art or writing.”

One Simple Step to Saving Gas

Three dollar gas is impacting the American psyche, but in ways you’d never have expected. You might think we’d see dramatic changes in the way we live and drive, yet the opposite is true. Instead of market price slowing consumption, the price must still not be high enough the make anyone second guess their driving habits. I’m shocked. Despite almost four thousand dead US servicemen and women, despite rising gas, despite world economic climate, the price of gas does not seem to be openly effecting us. And drivers where I live aren’t slowing down.

The Trouble with Conservation

Again, energy issues capture the headlines and again we see a call for fuel conservation. Isn’t it amazing how often we return round about back to where we’ve started–with no real change or action to be seen?

Renewable Energy in Disaster Relief

Bill Young, a researcher and disaster relief expert at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), will give a free presentation for the general public on disaster preparedness using renewable energy technologies on February 22.

Hospice Care

A Ray of Sunshine for the Living. “What are your hopes and fears?” That is what you will hear from a hospice nurse when she walks into the home of one of her patients. Together a hospice nurse and her…
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Founders Forum

Established in 1985, Founders Forum is a non-profit organization dedicated to the needs of entrepreneurs within the Brevard community. The organization’s mission is to serve the community by fostering the success of new and existing businesses, creating an environment where…
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Sugar In My Tank

I’ve been following transportation and energy news for quite some time. It seems impossible to see real change in ou lifetimes. Yes, we see new technology, we experience glimmers of hope, but ultimately nothing changes. That’s why news in Brazil is so exciting.

In Search of Greener Printing

For years we’ve known about the inportance of using recycled papers and the environmental hazards of the printing process. And for years, some have made excellent progress in the field, while many are still unaware of the benefits of printing cleaner and greener.

To Build A Dream

Dr. King is an inspiration–and shows us how great America can become if we work together towards the common good. So much is in place to divide us. We need to build bridges–and there is a group working to build a monument in our nation’s capital that does so.