According to the latest studies from renowned travel platforms, in the last 2 years, around 70% of Argentine tourists recognized the importance of traveling sustainably. It is estimated that this number will increase year after year and will encourage destinations to work on new ways to reduce the environmental impact resulting from tourism activity.
Miami, one of the most visited cities by travelers in our country, known for its white sand beaches, its lively nightlife, its artistic scene and its varied gastronomy, is in turn a destination highly committed to sustainability and the conservation of its natural beauty.
From the moment the plane flies over the Miami International Airport, an installation of 402 solar panels is seen floating in the lagoon adjacent to the airport. This state-of-the-art infrastructure saves the equivalent of 165 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
The airport also powers the largest energy conservation project in the state of Florida, brought to life by its energy-efficient lighting, heating, and ventilation system that saves $3.2 million each year and significantly reduces energy consumption. water consumption.
When removing luggage, the process is more expeditious and fast thanks to a new automated system that reduces time and resources.
The eco-conscious lodging offer in Miami and Miami Beach is growing. This network is already made up of 25 hotels designated as Ecological Accommodations (Green Lodging) by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. These properties have initiatives for efficient lighting, smart heating, recycled keys and cards, containers for shampoo and other biodegradable hygiene products, and reuse of rainwater, among many others.
Some of these accommodations have earned the prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the US Green Building Council.
Also LEED gold certified, the Pérez Art Museum, Loan Sports Park (home of the local baseball team), and the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science are must-sees on a trip to Miami.
The Pérez Art Museum is a pioneer in the use of 100% recycled plastic for the construction of its structures, an initiative that reduces the consumption of concrete by 35%. In addition, the building is designed to make the most of natural light and its cooling system through ducts located in the ground significantly saves energy. Its neighbor, the Phillip & Patricia Frost Museum of Science, uses natural, non-toxic products to clean all of its spaces and has a solar farm on top of its building.
On the other hand, at the Brickell City Centre, a mandatory stop for shopping lovers, an innovative trellis of almost 14,000 square meters was built that serves as an environmental management system, protecting visitors from extreme climates, capturing the sea breeze to regulate air flow and temperature, and collecting rainwater for later use.
To get around it is always more ecological to choose public transport instead of traditional cars, but what really makes the difference is to choose the use of bicycles. Miami's climate is ideal to enjoy this way of getting around and for this, visitors have the official Citi Bike rental system, which has more than 165 stations powered by solar energy, enabled 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. .