By: Paola Montenegro
Paola is an incoming Senior at Barry University studying Political Science. She is a Barry Service Corps Fellow and a member of the Ecological Sustainability Team. Paola researched marine debris as part of her summer project as a Miami Waterkeeper Intern.
Miami Waterkeeper on Panel for 2017 Florida Region Mini Honors Institute: Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
Beta Pi Theta chapter answers the question, “What are the three major obstacles keeping our oceans from being healthy?
Across July 21 - 23, 2017 Miami Dade College’s (MDC’s) Beta Pi Theta chapter hosted the 2017 Phi Theta Kappa Florida Region Honors Institute at the Hialeah Campus. The institute included three days of compelling speakers on this year’s topic: How the World Works: Global Perspectives, which sparked thought-provoking discussions and provided leadership development opportunities to students. Miami Waterkeeper was honored to participate for day three, as part of a panel discussion with Rescue a Reef, discussing protection of our Florida waters.
Mara Hoffman, the New York-based clothing and swimwear designer, hosted an elegant Miami dinner to kick-off Swim Week, in support of Miami Waterkeeper. It was a gorgeous evening for mojitos and a sit-down dinner at The Standard, a luxury boutique hotel in Miami Beach overlooking Biscayne Bay. Fashion industry professionals from all over the world enjoyed a three-course meal, great conversation, and a guest spotlight from Miami Waterkeeper’s Kelly Cox. After a humbling introduction from Mara Hoffman, Kelly shared Miami Waterkeeper’s mission and educated fashion industry leaders on ways they can become involved to protect and preserve their local watersheds. Water is integral to South Florida’s health, economy, and culture, yet our water resources are continually threatened. The privilege to participate in events such as these only allows us to broaden our impact to educate diverse groups in the community and promote swimmable, drinkable, fishable water for all. We would like to thank Mara Hoffman and her team for allowing us to be a part of such a wonderful evening, as well as The Standard for their ongoing partnership of Miami Waterkeeper.
We had a chance to learn more about her, her brand, and why Mara was so eager to share the night with us during this Q&A.
by Emily Hernandez
Graduate Student wins Data Challenge and evaluates economic & environmental health of Biscayne Bay thanks to NOAA Habitat Focus Area Grant