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"Shores Forward" Partners To Protect Marine Life. And Architects Gear Up To Build Sustainable Homes.

The new initiative Shores Forward is fighting to conserve Florida’s marine environment.";

On this Tuesday, Dec. 17, episode of Sundial:

Shores Forward Partnership To Protect Marine Life

The Ocean Conservancy and the City of Miami have announced a partnership to protect South Florida's oceans and coasts, including Biscayne Bay and the Miami River. 

This is part of "Shores Forward," a brand new initiative led by the Ocean Conservancy to partner with local leaders in the fight to conserve Florida’s marine environment. The City of Miami is the first partner. One of the key parts of the partnership is a comprehensive city-wide survey of the city’s pollution footprint. J.P Brooker, senior manager for the Ocean Conservancy, joined Sundial to discuss the partnership and how the survey will work. 

Building For A More Sustainable And Eco-friendly Future

Climate change threats to South Florida are shifting the way architects think about building for the future.

When local architect David Rifkind and his former wife built their home in South Miami in 2011, they had sustainability in mind. “We [architects] have enormous power in terms of being public intellectuals, activists and teachers,” said Rifkind on Sundial. “We have an opportunity to set an example.”

Their goal was to build a home out of mostly recycled materials that would be zero-waste and leave no carbon footprint. They called their home “tin box.” 

David Rifkind, Interim Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design at Florida International University, joined Sundial to discuss why and how he built his home and share what conversations architects are having about building more eco-friendly.