Welcome to the Environmental Center   


Many of the challenges of the 21st century will be environmental as humankind tests the carrying capacity of our planet. These environmental issues and problems are by their very nature multidisciplinary, so UNF has adopted a cooperative and integrated approach to understanding our environment and managing resources wisely. The Environmental Center will respond to the pressing need for research relevant to environmental issues, help design thoughtful planning processes, encourage responsible stewardship, and help prepare the next generation of environmentally literate society leaders.  


The mission of the Environmental Center is to establish, develop, and support cross-disciplinary education and research related to the environment. The Center fosters programs for students, faculty, and staff to pursue environmental activities through academics, research, and extracurricular activities. Also, the Center conducts and supports campus infrastructural projects involving sustainability and the campus’s natural environment. The Center develops connections and collaborations among university entities and between the university and the region.


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 Office Location, Hours, and Contact

UNF Environmental Center

1 UNF Drive

Building 1, Suite 2200

Jacksonville, FL 32224

Monday through Friday


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Environmental Center

Photo Contest

Students, faculty and staff are invited to submit any photos of plants, animals or landscapes that specifically feature our beautiful UNF campus.  All photos submitted will be uploaded to a contest album on the Environmental Center’s Facebook page. First place and runner-up prizes will be awarded to the top two photos with the most “likes” and an additional prize will be awarded to the “Judges Favorite.Click here for more information. 

Volunteers Needed for

Project Clean Plate

Volunteers are needed September 15 to 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Osprey Café to help promote Project Clean Plate and reduce food waste. All volunteers will receive free lunch at the Osprey Café the day of volunteering. You can register to volunteer by clicking here or contact the Environmental Center for more information.

Jacksonville Environmental  

Roundtable Directory

Interested in learning what community groups are making a difference in Northeast Florida? Want to get involved and volunteer? Then check out the Northeast Florida Environmental Roundtable Directory, which contains brief descriptions and contact information of community groups. Click here for more information.  


UNF Professor Studies 

Impact  of Outdoor 

Classes for Kindergartners 

Dr. Erin Largo-Wight, UNF associate professor of public health, was recently featured in The Florida Times-Union for her research on outdoor classrooms and their impact on student well-being and learning. The study was paid for by a $4,000 Seed Grant from the UNF Environmental Center. To read more about the study and its results, click here.