Tropical Audubon Society & like-minded partners to host Miami Design Charrette June 21 in Wynwood

TropicalAudubonSocietyConnecting tomorrow’s local leaders with today’s experts to create “Smart Growth” communities in the face of Climate Change

In an effort to connect the next generation of Miami’s environmental visionaries and entrepreneurs with current experts, Tropical Audubon Society (TAS) will co-host a one-day Environmental Leadership Charrette on June 21 in the hip Wynwood Arts District in conjunction with charter sponsor Toyota TogetherGreen and with significant support from Knight Foundation, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt and Greenberg Traurig P.A. (a complete list of event partners appears on page 3). “The Miami Design Charrette” follows the successful October 2013 TAS Environmental Leadership Workshop and provides a unique opportunity to collaborate on growth plans for the burgeoning district.

The Charrette invites Miamians to shape a vision for sustainable growth and will connect Wynwood’s unique population of artists and entrepreneurs with key strategies to cope with the imminent threats of our time: rising seas, diminishing resources and an increasing population. Further, by dividing Miami-Dade County into six focus areas, Miamians have a chance to identify priorities and craft solutions for their respective communities.

Workshop participants will consider how best to accommodate the county’s ever-growing population, while continuing to protect vital environmental resources and providing residents with higher quality of life. Local experts will set the tone for the afternoon think-tank exercise. The sessions will focus on highlighting the difference between Resiliency and Sustainability, presenting current practices around the county, looking into regional planning efforts and showcasing best global practices that Miami could adopt.

The Charrette intends to develop the “Public Voice” around Resiliency and Sustainability in Miami from the ground up and spur Miamians into action by joining efforts to educate our leaders on better planning, including stopping urban sprawl into the Everglades and agricultural lands, and promoting public transit and sustainable growth as ways to preserve the environment and enhance quality of life. Charrette attendees will present their focus group’s outcomes to their local municipalities; event partners will present a comprehensive report to the Board of County Commissioners.

The Miami Design Charrette will be held in Wynwood on Saturday, June 21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Light Box, 404 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127. It will include a bike tour of the Wynwood Murals, and will close with a social happy hour. A nominal fee of $12 covers breakfast and lunch; larger donations will enable interested students and disadvantaged citizens to potentially attend. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, please contact Celeste De Palma at Register today at

WHAT: The Miami Design Charrette —Leadership Skills Applied to Miami’s Challenges in Resiliency and Sustainability

WHO: Tropical Audubon Society, Toyota TogetherGreen, Knight Foundation, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, Greenberg Traurig, P.A., Duany Plater-Zyberk, Chael Cooper & Associates, Dover, Kohl & Partners, Citizens for Better South Florida, Everglades Law Center, Gramps Bar, Panther Coffee, The CLEO Institute, The Light Box, Transit Action Committee, Urban Paradise Guild and Wynwood Walls Tour

WHEN: Saturday, June 21st, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: The Light Box at Wynwood, Miami, FL.

For more information, contact Celeste De Palma at

About the Tropical Audubon Society:

The Tropical Audubon Society (TAS) is a 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization that endeavors to conserve and restore natural South Florida ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats through advocacy and education for the benefit of biological diversity and humanity itself. TAS is a chapter of the Florida Audubon and the National Audubon Society.

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