Pamela Lanier, who heads the Friends of Sustainable Tourism International (FOSTI) and Ecogo.org, came back from the MiaGreen annual conference with enthusiasm about building practices. MiaGreen covers sustainable practices in the U.S., Latin American and Caribbean.
The MiaGreen Expo & Conference 7th edition took place February 10 at the Miami Airport Convention Center. It is the only event in the United States providing access to the ever-growing, green, renewable and sustainable markets for ALL the Americas.
The tone was set at the opening when Tim Connor discussed “Success is a Sustainable Decision – Are you in the Proper Track?” As Conner says, “Success for everyone, in the end, is a decision – a decision to act rather than wait, a decision to learn rather than remain ignorant, a decision to live with passion rather than with apathy, and a decision to hope rather than despair.”
With its unique marketing mix (USA + Latin America & the Caribbean), MiaGreen has developed as the one-stop interactive conference and marketplace for sustainability, combining a major trade show with front edge extensive educational and networking programs including several levels of LEED training and unique seminars on everything from “Water efficient Strategies for Commercial Plumbing” to “ECOpreneuring: Turning your care for the Planet into Profits” and technical topics like “Three Phase String Inverters and the 1000v Revolution.”
The seminars were led by experts and hands-on specialists. Wisconsin innkeepers John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist spoke about ECOpreneuring and their achievements at Inn Serendipity. They farm their property, act as stewards of their local woods, and operate on a carbon neutral basis using wind turbines and solar cells.
Conference President Jose Garcia-Pineyro focuses on empowering green building, solar, clean tech,and energy savings and the scope and breadth of this year’s program which offered bi-lingual Training in pertinent topics.
The conference closed February 12 with a talk on a subject at the forefront of this nascent industry “What is Really Purchased in Sustainability Materials and Systems and Why?”