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Congratulations to Mark, our Tweetaway Winner!

Fri, 04/24/2009 – 01:25

Kelly Burnett, Director of eCommerce & Leisure Sales, has been active in communicating the recent One Palm Certification in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Lodging Program. The Omni Hotel is working towards earning their Two Palm status from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The Florida Green Lodging Program launched in March 2004 and establishes guidelines for hotels ?to conserve natural resources and prevent pollution? (Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection). For those attending the Green Cities Florida conference next month and would like to book a room, during your stay in Orlando, you may do so here. The Omni is nestled around the Orange County wetlands and provides a retreat away from the main buzz of the city. Be sure to make your reservations early, as the Omni provides a 21-day advance booking rate starting at $126 during the Green Cities Conference; however, those rates are non-refundable and requires full pre-payment. Below is more information about the resort! Congratulations to Mark Krupinski for winning the 2-night stay at ChampionsGate from the @GreenCitiesNews tweetaway!

This four-diamond resort is surrounded by 1,200 acres of well-preserved wetlands, 36 holes of Greg Norman designed golf, and the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, in the master-planned community of ChampionsGate, located within 25 minutes of the Orange County Convention Center.

In addition to superb golf, guests enjoy five restaurants on-site; a European-style spa; 15 acres of recreation including: zero-entry family pool, pool slide and nearby water playground; an 850-foot lazy river; formal pool with private cabanas; sand volleyball, tennis, basketball; and lighted 9-hole par 3 golf experience.

Located within 6 miles of Walt Disney World? Resort, complimentary scheduled transportation is provided to all four Walt Disney World? theme parks.

Tweet us for conference pass giveaways

Wed, 04/22/2009 – 23:22

@greencitiesnews, the tweet behind the page you are now viewing, invites you to follow us on twitter for a chance to win 2 passes to Green Cities Florida or a 2-nite hotel stay at the 1-Palm certified Omni hotel in Orlando!

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World?s Largest Solar Array Planned for Desoto County, Florida

Wed, 04/22/2009 – 19:26

Advocates of the sustainability movement may tell you that bigger is not always synonymous with better, but when it comes to solar power one Florida developer would beg to differ.? Kitson & Partners, in collaboration with Florida Power and Light (FP&L), have recently announced their plan to construct the world?s largest solar array in Desoto County at Babcock Ranch where Kitson has planned to develop 19,500 homes and 6 million square feet of commercial space on 17,500 acres.

Syd Kitson, a former offensive lineman for the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys, has recently started a campaign to reinvent the American city. ?Babcock Ranch will be a living laboratory for companies, workers and families ready to reap the rewards of innovation. No other place in America will be home to such a concentration of new jobs and technologies, energy-saving advances and global economic leadership,” states Kitson.? This reinvention will not only provide a more sustainable community, but this project is estimated to create 20,000 jobs with only a fraction of that amount to work at the solar plant.? The 25-megawatt plant with cover 180 acres of Desoto County and cost between $350 and $400 million dollars;? along with 3 other current solar array projects in Florida this will only add about .31 cents to the average Floridian?s bill.? Once completed, this solar array will provide enough energy for 3000 households.?? The project may break ground as soon as 2010 and is provoking the accolades of Florida based environmental groups such as the National Audubon Society, the World Wildlife Fund and the Sierra Club.

Along with The Venus Project and Destiny, Florida, the ?Sunshine State? is strengthening its trait as a creative hotbed for sustainable innovation.? The Green Cities Conference could not be taking place at a more opportune time in Florida.? Everyone is recognizing the importance of preservation and conservation, and using this new framework to discover solutions for our economy and environment.

*Note: If you were wondering about Syd Kitson?s NFL legacy; he played for 4 seasons as an offensive lineman and even recorded one reception for 9 yards. ?He also played for one year in Dallas under the coach Tom Landry.

Why the word ?green? needs to vanish

Mon, 04/20/2009 – 14:42

From Richard Cartlidge’s Green Building and Environmental Trends blog

You might not expect this from someone who has a blog with the word green in its title but the word green needs to vanish from our building vernacular! Why? When we call a building green we are using green as an adjective to set the building on a pedestal and show that it is unique. One of my primary goals with this blog is to educate individuals about sustainable building. A building requires a large output of capital, and should be built to last. Sustainable design and building practices represent the future of the construction industry, a concept which is widely discussed at Konstructr.This week Vik Duggal (@vikdug on twitter) discussed the concept behind Konstructr. If we take a minute to stop and think about his message it should become obvious that green is a word which needs to vanish from our vocabulary. Personally I cannot wait until green is no longer used in reference to buildings and returns to its roots as a word used to describe an object’s color. Did the Romans intend to build a green building when they built the temples or the Egyptians when they built the pyramids? No! They built buildings which were made to last, beautiful, sustainable buildings that are still here centuries later. Next time someone asks you about green building tell them its not about “green” its about sustainability. Let us all strive to build the temples and pyramids of our generation.

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