SOURCE: EcoMedia

May 11, 2007 19:10 ET

The EcoZone® Program Surpasses $1,000,000 Mark in Green Support to the City of Miami

Press Conference Held With Mayor Manny Diaz, One of the Country's Leading Green Mayors

MIAMI, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 11, 2007 -- May 10th, 2007 marked an extraordinary day for EcoZone and the City of Miami. Paul Polizzotto, Founder and CEO of EcoMedia™ and the EcoZone program announced that EcoMedia will support the sustainability plan of Mayor Diaz by providing $225,000 in new funding and in-kind support. The EcoZone program will support Mayor Diaz's environmental initiatives including the Miami Greening Project, which revitalizes tree canopies for the city; the Miami Green Lab Project, which hopes to convert an old firehouse into a green building and resource center, and the Miami Baywash Program, which removes derelict boats from the bay. The EcoZone program will also be installing AbTech Smart Sponges throughout the city as well as solar panels on Miami's beautiful and historic City Hall. The 15 kW system proposed for the city will produce 23,000 kWhs of carbon-free electricity per year and eliminate approximately 31,970 pounds of carbon in the air annually.

This latest initiative brings the total amount raised by the EcoZone program to more than $1,000,000 in environmental funding, education, and community outreach for the City of Miami.

"What an honor to be working with the great city of Miami for the past four years," commented the EcoZone program's Founder and C.E.O., Paul Polizzotto. "Mayor Diaz is truly a pioneer and a great role model for other civic leaders who care about their cities. Mayor Diaz has taken enormous steps to improve quality of life for residents of Miami today and for the future."

Mayor Diaz has indeed been a national leader in his vision for the city of Miami. Two new city offices, the City of Miami Green Commission and the Office of Sustainability have been created. Mayor Diaz has also advanced numerous innovative initiatives in his comprehensive urban forestry strategy called "The Greening of Miami." This groundbreaking program includes increasing green building in new and existing construction; green school practices, increased use of alternative/hybrid vehicles, and a city-wide public awareness campaign.

The press conference at City Hall included the presentation of a symbolic check for $225,000. The Mayor received the check from Mr. Polizzotto, as the EcoZone program's latest contribution toward a greener Miami.

EcoMedia is a national media company that owns and operates the EcoZone program, a public-private partnership that helps cities, counties and states support ongoing and new environmental projects and initiatives related to air quality, water quality, energy conservation, and preservation of parks and greenspace -- at no additional cost to taxpayers! The EcoZone initiative is funded solely through corporate sponsorships, with half of all EcoZone revenues generated from educational outdoor signage going to fund the community's environmental, clean energy and greenspace initiatives. This helps communities comply with federal environmental regulations, and/or fund new local environmental programs that otherwise would not happen.

EcoZone Miami has worked with many committed sponsors, including AbTech, APL Limited, CH2MHILL, FPL, Ferrous Processing, GlobeTec Construction, Hyatt Regency Miami, Mercy Hospital, Miami Herald, Montenay Power Corporation, Nestle Waters/Zepherhills, Panther Real Estate Partners, Publix Supermarkets, Romano Law Group, Royal Caribbean, WCI Communities, and Waste Management.

Antonio Assenza, President of GlobeTec Construction announced, "We are committed to matching funds with EcoMedia as part of EcoZone's green support for the City of Miami. In a strategic partnership, GlobeTec will contribute funds, product and manpower towards the installation and maintenance of Smart Sponge filtration in a joint effort to reduce pollutant runoff contaminating the City of Miami waterways and canals."

"EcoZone gives us the opportunity to put our values into action," says John Matuska, President and CEO Mercy Hospital. "We are pleased that our sponsorship funds critical environmental and clean energy projects that protect our communities' quality of life now and for future generations."

Based in New York City, EcoMedia is a leading environmental media company dedicated to pioneering market-based media solutions that generate necessary funds and resources to address critical environmental challenges. For more information, log on to: or

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