The 5th Edition MiaGreen Conference took place in Miami, Florida on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2013. For the past five years, MiaGreen has provided a meeting grounds for green-minded leaders and entrepreneurs from the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean, and has become, according to the MiaGreen website, “the one-stop, all-inclusive, interactive conference and marketplace for SUSTAINABILITY, combining a major trade show with front edge extensive educational and networking programs."
Amongst the fascinating topics were LEED training courses for architects and LEED professionals, including “Lessons from 200 LEED Projects and LEED Version 4 Preview,” and an eight-hour “Green Associate Training & Exam Prep.”
Other classes included “Designing & Building Greener Americas” by AIA Miami, “How to Be Green and Profitable: New Thinking, Acting & Tools,” “Best Practices for Rooftop Solar,” and “Water Challenges in Sustainable Projects.”
It was especially a pleasure to meet the ladies from Emiliana Vineyard, one of the largest sustainable vineyards in the world located in Chile.
Another noteworthy attendee was Michael Pewther from Spirit Airlines, an airline company that is leading the way in the aviation industry. Some of Spirit Airline’s initiatives include developing a new, fuel-efficient fleet of aircrafts, encouraging passengers to travel light with their "Bring Less, Pay Less" program in order to reduce fuel consumption, and designing an eco-friendly seating configuration.
Visit the Green page of Spirit's website to learn more about how Spirit compares to other major airlines in the green arena.
Miami Beach Mayer Matti Herrera Bower commented that Miami is an international hub of trade and culture. It’s exciting to have an event here providing a platform for companies around the Americas to network, educate themselves about the latest in green, renewable, and sustainable products and processes.
MiaGreen 2013 was a wonderful experience to see the commitment of all the people who had come from around the U.S., South America and the Caribbean to preserve our environment.