To celebrate Earth Day, I’ve launched my project “Sustainable Tampa Bay: Examining People, Planet and Profit.”
Through interviews with Tampa Bay ‘green’ experts, it was found that while the region is struggling to adapt green practices, there are significant grassroots movements in both Tampa and St. Petersburg. Most stress the need for public education on these issues. The online project examines both personal and business perspectives within the ‘green’ movement, detailing the benefits of sustainability, energy efficiency, and education through storytelling and multimedia components.
The online project “Sustainable Tampa Bay: Examining People, Profit and Sustainability”, is broken down into three sections: Sustainability, Energy Efficiency, and Education. These categories emerged after interviews with ten Tampa Bay ‘green’ experts ranging from ‘green’ business owners to sustainability consultants to educators at local colleges and universities. The categories represent the three most important issues facing the Tampa Bay community.
This project was produced as a requirement for graduation at the University of South Florida for a Master’s degree in Mass Communications: Multimedia Journalism.
Last month, I did a post on Tampa Bay ranking at the bottom of the “Green Cities” list.
Turns out, Florida (as a state) doesn’t fare so well either. It ranks third in overall energy use nationwide, only behind Texas and California. The report was issued by the New York State Energy Research Development Authority, which looked at both energy use and energy efficiency.
New York is the second most energy-efficient state in the United States on a per-capita basis, behind Rhode Island. The least-efficient states are Wyoming and Alaska, ranked 50th and 51th, respectively. The study includes Washington, D.C.
A few green business tidbits from around Tampa Bay:
- MOSI (Tampa’s Museum of Science & Industry) is planning to build an 11-acre alternative energy plant that would serve to educate visitors and provide electricity for the facility. The search committee is looking for companies across the board that can use solar, wind, biomass hydrogen or algae to create 20 megawatts of electricity an hour.
- There’s an $8 billion national commitment for the developmeny of alternative, green energy — resulting in a plan to build a biomass plant in Hillsborough County. According to officials, a new biomass plant in this area could greatly improve the power grid infrastructure and provide greater resistance to storms and other natural disasters. Additional benefits could include improvements to other infrastructures in the bi-county area, specifically roads and waterways.
- The Lakeland Center is being outfitted with 1,232 solar panels on the roof; the panels cover the size of about an acre. Iit is estimated that by 2018, the solar panels will be able to generate 24 megawatts of power, or enough power to supply 7,200 homes, city spokesman Kevin Cook said.