Miami-Dade County targets ocean sustainability and health with new partnerships

Written by Colin Wood

Miami-Dade County, Florida Mayor Daniella Levine Cava this week announced three new technology initiatives designed to boost the region’s environmental sustainability.

Projects include equipping major corporations with water meters to identify waste, researching new sustainable technologies, and creating an in-residence startup program focused on ocean pollution.

“Our goal is to make Miami-Dade the best place to build, test and scale innovative solutions to major climate challenges. Innovators and entrepreneurs are mobilizing to address climate and resilience challenges and we salute their initiatives,” said Levine Cava. “Through these public-private partnerships, we are leveraging technology solutions and innovation to build a stronger, more resilient Miami-Dade – while investing in the jobs of the future.”

The county has partnered with a Texas-based company called Olea Edge Analytics, which plans to equip 25 of the region’s largest commercial and industrial water users with “smart” water meters that can identify when water is wasted or measured inaccurately. The company says it deployed similar technology in Atlanta in 2018 and “identified $10 million in potential revenue.”

Miami-Dade County has partnered with Blue Action Lab, a Miami technology accelerator, to develop and deploy technologies that can improve building energy efficiency and keep Biscayne Bay healthy at Miami. Blue Action Lab is currently raising $10 million to support 42 companies working on ocean and climate technologies.

The county has also partnered with the Seaworthy Collective, which defines itself as a “community of marine changemakers promoting regenerative impact on the ocean and climate.” The new partnership strives to create new businesses focused on reducing water pollution, improving coral reef health and collecting environmental data.