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USGBC Underline Tour – Miami

Today’s blog is about local green news; the kind of stuff that we should all be more involved in. We are so excited to be back at US Green Building Council (USGBC), South Florida events after a summer off.

Today’s event took place 8/10/2016, and started at the Government Center in Downtown Miami. The topic of the meeting (more of a field trip) is the a project that is taking shape called The Underline which is a vision to transform the land under Miami’s Metrorail into a 10 mile linear park, complete with an urban trail and living art destinations.

The Group

 

The event was hosted by Meg Daly, the project’s founder. In her inspiring story she explains that after breaking both arms in a bicycle accident, and having to use the metro rail, she realized how pleasant the shaded area under the rail line was, its resembled New York’s Highline, and how much potential the area had. See more about the project here. The project already has an impressive budget composed of both public and private sources, which is a testament to the extent of which everyone around this project is enthusiastic to see it come to life.

 

Meg Daly Presenting the Underline while riding on the Metrorail

Meg Daly Presenting the Underline while riding on the Metrorail

During the USGBC event attendees got to hear about the project first hand from the founder while riding the metro rail from Downtown to University of Miami, which was fun to hear about the various attractions that are planned for different locations (skatepark included).

After the tour, the group got together at Fado Irish Pub in Brickell for drinks and networking. We also received a presentation from Swire Properties key players about the green features of the newly constructed Brickell City Centre.

Learning about Brickell City Centre first hand

Learning about Brickell City Centre first hand

Overall, the event was a success. Big thanks to all hosts and presenters. To anyone looking to get involved in green building, check out USGBC events and keep it green!