For nearly 14 years, Luiz Rodrigues has been Executive Director for the Environmental Coalition of Miami & the Beaches (ECOMB).

His accomplishments include co-founding the City’s Sustainability Committee with former Commissioner Michael Gongora in 2007: “The Committee adopted, as its guidelines, a proposal I had created and presented to Michael: The Sustainable City Concept – a series of recommendations to transform Miami Beach into a more sustainable community.”

Miami Beach now has electric car charging stations, a new commercial and residential recycling ordinance, bicycle and car sharing programs, and a Styrofoam ban.

A native of Niteroi/Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Rodrigues completed degrees in Biological Oceanography at UC Santa Cruz and Aquatic Biology (Topical Limnology) at UC Santa Barbara.

He spent six years with International Health Programs (IHP), an organization based in Santa Cruz, training health professionals in developing countries on HIV/ AIDS education and prevention. Working with former IHP boss, Ruth Mota, is one of the highlights of his career, particularly due to her passion for AIDS education.

As far as connecting the LGBT community to environmental actions, Rodrigues would like to see more of us “taking the lead and showing the world that we are all concerned about our planet.”

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