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Dream in Green’s Setting the Standard Event At The Standard Spa Hotel In Miami


Dream in Green, a non-profit organization located in South Florida, will host its eighth annual “Setting the Standard” fundraising event on Friday, April 11, 2014 at The Standard Spa Hotel in Miami Beach. Proceeds from the event will benefit Dream in Green’s educational programs that promote environmental sustainability and use of eco-friendly resources.

Guests at the 7th Annual "Setting the Standard" event in 2013 (Photo Credit: Dream in Green)

Guests at the Seventh Annual “Setting the Standard” event in 2013 (Photo Credit: Dream in Green)

Dream in Green’s three main programs are its flagship Green Schools Challenge, the Water and Energy Learning & Behavior Program, and the Green Leadership Program. Through the Green Schools Challenge, students and staff work together to increase the energy efficiency and economic sustainability of their schools and reduce the overall carbon footprint of their respective communities. The schools compete in monthly challenges regarding recycling, alternative transportation and green careers, among others. In the Water and Energy Learning & Behavior Program, students, staff and residents of Miami-Dade are taught methods of preserving energy and water. Finally, the Green Leadership Program provides mini-scholarships funded by The Miami Foundation to students in grades 5-12 who are active participants in their schools’ green initiatives.

EcoArtFashion Gown from Reused Plastic IKEA Bags. (Photo Credit: Luis Valenzuela)

EcoArtFashion Gown from Reused Plastic IKEA Bags. (Photo Credit: Luis Valenzuela)

The “Setting the Standard” event will begin with the 2014 Green Innovators Awards to recognize the green initiatives undergone by local companies and individuals. The evening will continue with a cocktail reception offering hors d’oeuvres and drinks, a silent auction and displays of photography art. Luis Valenzuela will present his EcoArtFashion® creations at an exclusive eco-fashion show.

As a green event, “Setting the Standard” is offering additional eco-friendly commuting options when a ticket is purchased. Guests may choose to “green” their commute by investing in the Green Your Car program with Just Green or by adding the option to a ticket purchase. Each contribution is invested in a renewable energy source to combat our carbon footprint. Alternatively, guests can drive and park for free with a promo code to Car2Go. For those driving to the event, valet or garage parking is available and a Swoop electronic vehicle shuttle will provide transportation to the event.

Go green and invest in the Earth’s renewable energy and our future by contributing to this ecologically friendly event.

WHEN: Friday, April 11, 2014 7 – 11 p.m.

The Standard Hotel & Spa
40 Island Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Ph. 305-673-1717

TICKETS: Tickets are $100 each. To purchase tickets and for more information regarding additional green transportation options, please click here.

View of The Standard Hotel (Photo Credit: The Standard Hotel)

View of The Standard Hotel (Photo Credit: The Standard Hotel)

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