(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Residents heading to Home Depot in North Miami over the weekend got more than just a shopping trip. On Saturday, April 23, Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan held her first Eco-Fair in the store's parking lot, located at 5500 NW 167th Street, informing customers about all the ways they can save money and the planet with some easy home energy-saving techniques. Representatives from Miami-Dade County, Home Depot, Florida Power & Light, South Florida Water Management District, and The Big Blue Foundation were on hand with various free activities, giveaways and information.
Parents were encouraged to bring their children, who could take part in a kids' workshop hosted by Home Depot. Several County departments also had information on their services, including Solid Waste, Office of Sustainability, DERM, Transit, GSA, and Water & Sewer. Residents were able to exchange their old light bulbs for energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs and exchange water-wasting showerheads for water efficient models for free. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue collected old cell phones for their Dial-A-Life program, which reprograms donated phones to give to at-risk residents so they are able to dial 911 in an emergency.
"This month, our country celebrated Earth Day, but it's important that residents be conscious of how their actions impact the environment every day," said Commissioner Jordan. "Residents who stopped by the fair learned a lot about how they could reduce their carbon footprint and save their pennies in the process."
This event was organized with help from sponsors Home Depot, Mike Gomez Construction Consulting, Inc., and The Connor Group.
Photo caption 1: Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan (left) learns about Florida's native plants from the University of Florida's Institution of Food and Agricultural Sciences with some residents who stopped by her first Eco-Fair at Home Depot.
Photo caption 2: Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan (in green, center) with children who took part in Home Depot's kids' workshop during her first Eco-Fair.
(Photos courtesy of Commissioner Jordan's office)