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goals. In 2011, through a competitive bid process, Twentyfifty was selected as the subcontractor to develop and implement energy reduction programs made possible through a federal grant awarded to the city of Naples. Ziff- Levine teamed up with Waterfield, as well as David Corban Architects and PlugSmart, to launch NpowerNaples. com, a free, community outreach energy-saving program, and to estab- lish the city of Naples’ Green Business Program. The colleagues have been working together throughout the fiscal year ending October 2013 to certify 30 businesses within Naples city limits and are looking forward to seeing this number burgeon in the future.

For more information, call 239-248- 7101, email or visit, NPowerNaples. com or on Facebook, NPowerNaples.

Mike Bauer, City of Naples

Natural Resources Manager The Npower Naples team and Dr. Mike Bauer, manager of the Natural Resources department for the city of Naples, were grati- fied and proud when Naples Mayor John F. Sorey III not only championed the Green Business Program, but also signed a proclamation declaring the month of June 2013 as Green Business Recogni- tion Month. “Mayor Sorey invited all businesses and organizations within the city to save energy and resources, and to grow a healthier community for becoming a leading sustainable city in the region,” reports Bauer, a longtime advocate for sustainability.

A second Green Business Recogni-

tion event is scheduled at 8 a.m., Octo- ber 2, in Council Chambers at Naples City Hall. “Residents and members of the business community are invited to attend and show their support,” notes Bauer. To help businesses learn about

how to save money, energy and re- sources, as well as how to operate in a more environmentally friendly manner, the Naples Green Business Program collaborated with the Collier County

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chapter of Building Managers Interna- tional to offer “Lunch and Learn” work- shops that focus on creating operational efficiencies. Among other projects, the Natural Resources Division’s new sus- tainability intern is tasked with helping to create a fresh series next year.

For more information, email GreenBiz@ NPowerNaples or visit NaplesGBP.

Preserve Our Paradise The latest environmental change agents, Preserve Our Paradise, a group of Na- ples residents joined by the Conservan- cy, Sierra Club, Greenpeace and Collier County Democrats, is working to stop Dan A. Hughes, a Texas oil company, from drilling a 17,000-foot exploratory oil well near 24th Avenue Southeast and Desoto Boulevard. “The drill site is part of 115,000-acre parcel Collier

Resources leased for oil exploration in the western Everglades, only 1,000 feet from family homes,” says Jaime Duran, founder of the citizens’ group. New oil drilling would contribute to climate change and endanger water, wetlands, wildlife and communities. “If we do not have a healthy

environment, it doesn’t matter what state our economy is in. We must be able to produce healthy food, breathe clean air and drink clean water. If our environment deteriorates, our econo- my will depreciate, as well,” cautions Bauer, who emphasizes that we must consider that the economy is a subset of the environment, not the other way around.

For more information, call 850-329- 5987, email Contact@PreserveOurPara- or visit PreserveOurParadise. org or

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