William Pino, a Miami-based entrepreneur and businessman, has over 35 years of experience applying his electrical engineering training to municipal outdoor lighting projects. The effect of light pollution on sea turtles is a concern in Miami and other coastal areas, and William Pino has supported environmentally friendly, energy-efficient designs that consider animals’ sensitivity to artificial light.
Scientists have determined that the brightness and glare of artificial lighting can be disorienting to sea turtle hatchlings that are trying to find their way back into the ocean. Instinct directs small sea turtles toward the brightest light on the horizon, historically moonlight reflecting off the ocean. As inland lighting continues to increase, however, the hatchlings can easily become confused and wander in the wrong direction.
Many counties in Florida have passed lighting ordinances to regulate artificial lighting on beaches. These ordinances prohibit the use of bright, white lights such as metal halide, fluorescent, mercury vapor, and incandescent bulbs. Instead, fixtures must utilize low-pressure sodium bulbs, true red neon, or LED bulbs using red, orange, or amber light.
Experts suggest that beachfront property owners do their part by taking the following precautions:
– Turn off any unnecessary lights, and avoid outdoor decorative lighting.
– Face lights away from the beach, and use shields or flashing to keep light off the beach.
– Use directional fixtures rather than lights that provide general ambient lighting.
In his most recent position as president of Florida Lighting & Traffic in Miami, Florida, William Pino ensured that his efforts toward sales, promotion, and marketing within the company led to securing contracts that further grew the business. When he is not involved with work, William Pino donates to the Miami Rescue Mission.
The Miami Rescue Mission offers several programs that benefit those who are homeless or live in underserved communities with limited resources in the Miami area. One of the programs the mission offers is known as Cover Girls, which provides mentorship for women and girls who may be experiencing issues such as an abusive home life.
Cover Girls helps these individuals by letting them know they are not alone. Members who offer assistance to women and girls may be involved in activities such as being a mentor, providing financial help through the program, and sharing their successes, such as landing a job or celebrating a birthday. These individuals meet with their mentees at least two times a month.
Miami, Florida, resident William Pino, most recently the president and CEO of the Main Street Engineering, has worked as an electrical engineer and businessman for nearly 40 years. Recently, William Pino was named a member of the advisory board for the School of Science at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens.
Recently, St. Thomas University invited 150 elementary students from 19 different schools in Miami Gardens to display science and engineering projects at their sixth annual Science and Engineering Fair. The fair, hosted on STU’s campus, is designed to foster a love for science and STEM-related activities in the next generation. In addition, students are exposed to science, engineering, and technology opportunities at the university.
Over 15 prizes were awarded at the fair, ranging in value from $100-750. Judges included STU students enrolled in the School of Science, representatives from the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science in Miami, and William Pino and Sara Fulton of the school’s advisory board.