A local resident who has made his career as an engineer and sustainability innovator is looking to help the Village develop customized solutions for waste management, energy conservation, green building and more.

Longtime Key resident Derek Duzoglou, founder of D Squared Engineering, spoke August 29 about how his company could help the Village with sustainable development and practices.

Duzoglou, who chaired Key Biscayne’s Green Committee several years ago, proposed a $45,000 agreement for his company to serve as the Village’s Sustainability Director, leading the way on development, procurement, energy savings and more. He said many communities in Miami-Dade County have hired an employee for similar initiatives, and the average salary is $92,000.

Duzoglou said sustainability efforts are crucial in densely-populated areas like Key Biscayne and the State of Florida in general.

Statewide, he said, there are alarming trends – more waste generation, more stress on the power grid, more water consumption, etc. “We’re quickly running out of landfill space, and that’s going to become a huge issue when we have to ship the waste out of state,” he noted.

On the Key, he said, a big population increase – nearly doubling since 1990 – has put the Village in the top 1 percent in the nation in terms of density. That has caused stress on traffic, infrastructure, flood risk, air and water quality and more, he said.

Duzoglou said the Village has taken a number of important steps to improve sustainability, but it needs guidance to go further.

“We’re looking to broaden those steps and take sustainability even further,” he said.

Duzoglou said D-Square could help roll out the Sustainability Plan the Green Committee created, assist with public outreach and community, educate businesses, develop customized solutions for issues Key Biscayne faces, etc. He said in the first year, the focus would be on waste management, energy conservation and green building practices.

Council members will discuss the proposal further during their budget hearings on September 12 and 26.

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