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Save The Planet Initiative

Join us in empowering the next generation of eco-conscious leaders! Our book is launching in Miami-Dade public schools for the 2023-2024 school year!

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Problem

Waste stands as one of the biggest environmental problems in this World. More than 1.3 million tons of garbage are generated in Dade County; this waste is then taken to our landfills, where it directly and indirectly contributes negatively to climate change, our urban landscapes, and our health.

Goal

In 2021, Miami-Dade set ambitious sustainability goals, aiming to reduce landfill waste by 50%, convert 50% of non-recycled garbage to energy by 2030, increase recycling rates by 10%, and cut non-recyclable  “contamination.” Check out Miami-Dade’s Climate Action Strategy.

Our Solution

Our Saving the Planet initiative is a pilot project that will be launched starting the 2023-2024 school year in Miami-Dade public schools. Through the Spanish curriculum in Miami Dade schools, we aim to lead the environmental education movement. The program aims to educate students about the importance of environmental consciousness and recycling by instilling a genuine understanding of Ecodesign and the 5Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose, and restore). Or how we like to call it “reducir, reutilizar, reciclar, rechazar , y restaurar”

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JQ Foundation's Role

Our mission has always been to push environmental awareness across the youth. Growing up in the breathtaking beauty of Miami, we've seen firsthand the effects of climate change on our city. We partnered with ECODAR because we believe in their mission of nurturing the next generation of eco-conscious leaders and sparking their entrepreneurial drive. Proceeds from our November Golf Tournament are going to support this cause, aiming to extend this initiative nationwide. Together, we're making a difference for our planet and its future. "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela 

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Partnership

ECODAR is a program that promotes ecological awareness. The "Saving the Planet" Project was initially launched in 2013 by Nelly Guinand and Carolina Tinoco, the founders of ECODAR. They developed workshops for the Chacao Mayor focusing on sustainable ventures and the Ecological Awareness Program (Saving the Planet) for children aged 5 to 7. This program has been implemented for 20,000 children from various regions across Venezuela.

The Leaders

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Nelly Guinand is the founder of The Folio Group and has been coaching businesses in social responsibility, entrepreneurship, and talent development since 2009. She has cultivated strong relationships with global foundations and NGOs and has collaborated with institutions like the UN, PNUD, CAF, IDB, and governments of Spain, Germany, and Japan. Currently, Nelly is dedicated to promoting the circular and orange economies, advising sustainable companies. She holds certifications in social responsibility and ontological coaching and serves on multiple foundation boards.

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Carolina Tinoco is a versatile architect renowned for her eco-design expertise and leadership in innovative projects that benefit the environment and society. She has conducted research on ecological transition and design innovation in France and represents and mentors on global platforms like the Global Mentor Network and Creative Women in France.

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