Food day is a nationwide celebration and a movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. UNF will be celebrating Food Day this year by having exhibitors during Garbage on the Green (which is the same day as Food Day this year) and a screening of the documentary Dive!, followed by a panel discussion about food waste. Pizza from Mellow Mushroom will be provided at the screening.
Sponsored by the UNF Nutrition Club, Environmental Center, Health Promotions and the Osprey Organic Garden Find out more about Food Day here.
Sponsored by the Environmental Center
Seed grants for up to $4,000 are available to faculty or teams of UNF personnel that include at least one tenure-track faculty member. Click here for more information...
Currently looking for volunteers! The sixth annual trash and recycling audit will take place on October 24, 2012. The university-sponsored event is aimed at educating students, faculty and staff about ways to reduce campus trash through recycling, litter-prevention practices and other environmental issues. For more information about the event or for volunteering, Click here
Join us on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. for the announcement of the 2012 Recyclemania Dorm Competition Winners. The event will be held at the Villages basketball courts and there will be a free BBQ (with vegetarian options!) and a night time screening of the documentary Dive!.
Click here for more information about Recyclemania
The Environmental Center will be hosting a clothing swap and recycle drive on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 during Market Days. Students, faculty and staff can bring their lightly worn clothing to swap or donate (all leftover clothes will be donated to local charities). We will also be collecting used sneakers and tennis shoes which will be recycled into running tracks, like the new track in the Student Wellness Center! Lastly, bring any old electronics (batteries, TVs, cell phones, iPods, etc.) that are you no longer need and they will be recycled. For more information or volunteer opportunities contact Abdub Jirmo
The 2012 Recyclemania competition has come to a close and The Villages have been crowned the champions for the second year in a row.The Villages were able to divert 888 lbs (or 2.09 lbs per person) of materials from the landfill over the past two months. As a whole, housing was able to divert a total of 2,474 lbs of materials from the landfill. So congratulations to The Villages for winning for the second year in a row and thank you to all of the housing residents who helped make Recylemania a success.
The E-Center is teaming up with JEA to offer UNF faculty, staff and students home energy evaluation kits. The kit, which comes in a handy backpack made of recycled billboards, can show you how to make your home more comfortable and lower your monthly energy costs. Included in the kit are a step-by-step guide, an infrared thermometer, three plug-in energy meters and many more items.
Visit the Environmental Center in Building 1, Room 2200 to check out the kit or contact James Taylor for more information.
Please click here to see more information about the Environmental Center Seed Grant program or to view past recipients.
Environmental Center Releases 2011 Commuting Preferences Survey Report!
The UNF Environmental Center is pleased to release the 2011 Commuting Preferences Survey Report. The goal of the survey was to assess the commuting preferences of the UNF community in order to design efficient and sustainable transportation practices. With rising fuel prices and the need for alternative transportation methods across the country, the Environmental Center strives to continue the “green” initiative and respond to the need for more sustainable practices concerning transportation on the UNF campus.
A panel of UNF faculty and community representatives will be discussing environmental topics over dinner. The debate will take place on Monday, April 9, 2012 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Student Union room 3703.
To RSVP or submit a question for the event, click here.
For more information, contact John Boozer.
The UNF Environmental Center is accepting applications for a $500 scholarship, funded by the Northeast Florida Association of Environmental Professionals (NEFAEP). Both undergraduate and graduate candidates are eligible to apply by the Monday March 26, 2012 deadline. In addition, applicants must: • Be enrolled full-time in a bachelor's or graduate degree program that has an environmental/ecological focus or aspect (for example, community based experience, construction trades, economics, engineering, health, research and/or teaching from an environmental/ecological perspective); • Complete the application and it's requirements prior to the deadline;
• Be in good academic standing and comply with all University regulations, rules and codes of conduct governing students on campus.
The scholarship recipient will be notified of selection by April 9, 2012, and must be able to attend the NEFAEP luncheon in May 2012 in order to be recognized. For an application, visit our website at www.unf.edu/ecenter or contact James Taylor at the Environmental Center (Bldg 1/Rm 2200).
Recyclemania is an ongoing, 10-week long, friendly competition between colleges and universities nationwide. UNF is registered in the Waste Minimization category, which encourages overall waste reduction, not just increasing recycling. The goal of Recyclemania is to motivate the campus community to reduce wasteful practices and improve recycling behaviors. The event will take place January 16th through April 4th. Each housing complex will have a large recycle bin container and volunteers are needed to help weigh recycled containers twice a week. To learn more about Recyclemania click here.
Last year's winners, The Villages, received a pizza party and a revolving plaque to commemorate their outstanding achievement in sustainability. Who will this year's winners be? The Environmental Center is currently recruiting volunteers for the 2012 Recyclemania Competition, if you are interested fill out the application below. For more information on Recyclemania or volunteering, please contact Abdub Jirmo at 904.620.2662.
Dr. Rebecca Laroche is bringing her workshop, “Research Funding for the Humanities: What’s Out There and What You Can Do With It” to campus on Friday January 27, 2012 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the President's Conference Room (1/2800). Dr. Laroche will discuss her success in finding funding in the humanities and share strategies for finding your own funding. Light refreshments will be provided during the workshop.
Rebecca Laroche, Ph.D., is Professor of English at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and is the recipient of a Visiting Fellowship at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, for Spring 2012. Her research fellowships and residencies include an appointment as Visiting Scholar in 2007 at the Institute for Medical Humanities at the Univ Texas Medical Branch – Galveston, as well as visiting fellowships at the Beinecke Library (Yale), the Huntington Library (California), and the Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, DC). Last year, she was the guest-curator of the exhibition “Beyond Home Remedy: Women, Medicine, and Science” at the Folger Library. In 2009, her monographMedical Authority and Englishwomen’s Herbal Texts, 1550–1650, appeared in Ashgate’s series Literary and Scientific Cultures of the Early Modern World.
For more information, please contact James Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org) or ext. 5804.
The Environmental Center is organizing its SIXTH annual St. Johns River MTLO for Spring 2012. Academic credit is available for this TLO opporunity. The informational meeting will be Thursday November 10, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. in Building 1, Room 2200. Participants will live for one week on a houseboat, hike to Indian mounds, canoe and kayak, swim in springs and interact with historians, authors, artists, scientists and engineers involved with the St. Johns River. If you are interested in participating in this amazing opportunity, please contact April Moore (email@example.com) to reserve a spot in the orientation meeting or to learn more about the TLO.
Seed Grants for up to $4,000 are available to faculty or teams of UNF personnel that include at least one tenure track faculty member. The grants are intended to facilitate the creation or maintenance of multidisciplinary projects related to environmental teaching and research. Seed grant funds may be used for faculty stipends, OPS wages for students, and allowable materials/expenses directly related to proposed project.
For examples of previous seed grant applications, please visit the research section of the Environmental Center's website or click here.
If you have any questions or would like more information please contact James W. Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 5804.
The University of North Florida was recognized by the Sierra Club in their fifth annual ranking of "Coolest Schools" issue in September of 2011. The "Coolest Schools" edition ranks American colleges and universities according to their environmental practices, green initiatives, and caliber of sustainability oriented education. UNF set themselves apart by highlighting the Sawmill Slough Preserve, UNF Wildlife Sanctuary, the UNF VERB Garden, Recyclemania and the St. Johns River TLO. For more information on UNF and other schools on the list, visit the Sierra Club's website.
The UNF Environmental Center is pleased to announce Ms. Rachel Smith as the winner of this year's scholarship. We began evaluating applications for the $1,000 scholarship, funded by the Northeast Florida Association of Environmental Professionals ("NEFAEP"). Both undergraduate and graduate candidates were eligible to apply by the March 28, 2011, deadline. In addition, applicants had to be:
Be enrolled full-time in a bachelor's or graduate degree-seeking program that has some type of an environmental/ecological focus or aspect;
Complete the application and its requirements prior to the deadline; and
Comply with all University regulations, rules, and codes of conduct governing students on campus.
Also must be able to attend the NEFAEP luncheon in September 2011 in order to be recognized.
Teacher Supply Depot will be accepting donations at the 2011 Garbage on the Green, which is on October 26, 2011. To see a list of acceptable items, click the link below.
Teacher Supply Depot Donation Form
The Environmental Center is proud to host award-winning journalist Cynthia Barnett as she lectures about her newest book "Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis." The event will take place at the UNF University Center on October 11 at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Barnett’s new lecture puts the state’s water woes into a national and global context and talks about how the best solution is also the simplest and least expensive: a water ethic for Florida. While every community will foster its own ethic based on unique local water resources and culture, Blue Revolution concludes with some guiding principles for citizens, government and businesses. Following the lecture there will be a book sale and signing by the author.
For more information please contact James W. Taylor at email@example.com.
The Environmental Center is gearing up for the fifth trash and recycling audit at UNF which will take place on October 26, 2011. The university-sponsored event is aimed at educating students, faculty and staff about ways to reduce campus trash through recycling, litter-prevention practices and other "environmental" issues. We are currently looking for volunteers to help with a variety of tasks, both before and during the event. If you are interested please fill out the Garbage on the Green volunteer application and return to Adub Jirmo in the Environmental Center 1/2200 or email completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is October 13, 2011.
In addition to volunteers, environmental education displays or demonstrations are needed. If you are interested in bringing an exhibit, please fill out the exhibitor application and return to April Moore at email@example.com.
Monday, September 19, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
Building 14A, Andrew A. Robinson Jr. Theater
All are invited to a free public screening of the powerful documentary On Coal River. Shot over a five-year period in the Coal River Valley of West Virginia, On Coal River profiles the efforts of a former miner and his neighbors to protect their families and land from the dangers associated with “mountaintop removal” coal mining. The film also examines the contentious politics of energy production in a region defined both by the richness of its ecosystems and by the economic struggles of its people. This event is sponsored by the Department of English and the UNF Environmental Center, with support from the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the President’s Fund.
Contact: Bart Welling at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 1268
Sponsor: English Department, Environmental Center, Office of the Dean, COAS
Cost: Free to UNF students, faculty, staff, and the public
FoodCorps, a new national service program designed to reverse childhood obesity while cultivating a new generation of farmers and public health leaders, is now accepting applications from potential Service Members.
FoodCorps Service Members will spend a year of paid public service building and tending school gardens, developing Farm to School programs and conducting hands-on nutrition education in communities of need.
The UNF Environmental Center is accepting applications for a $1,000 scholarship, funded by the Northeast Florida Association of Environmental Professionals ("NEFAEP"). Both undergraduate and graduate candidates are eligible to apply by the March 28, 2011, deadline. In addition, applicants must:
Recipient will be notified of selection by April 11, 2011, and must be able to attend the NEFAEP luncheon in May 2011 in order to be recognized. For an application, click here.
Return applications to April Moore, Building 1/2202.
We have officially kicked off Recyclemania. An inter-residence hall competition kicked the event off on February 7 and ends Saturday, April 2. During this time residence halls will compete against each other for the highest amount of recycled material for each residence hall per capita. We are encouraging all members of the campus community to be mindful of what materials are being discarded and recycled. We will be posting weekly results on the Recyclemania page. At the end of the competition, UNF will be ranked amoung other participating universities. Be sure to show your support!
The National Weather Service forecast office in Jacksonville will be hosting WeatherFest® at UNF from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday, February 26, 2011. Weather-related and emergency service groups from NE Florida and SE Georgia will showcase a variety of interactive displays, educational games and eye-opening weather and hazard preparedness presentations. For more information, click here.
The Environmental Center, along with The Duval County Medical Society, Florida Medical Association, in partnership with the American Medical Association and the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, are hosting a free public health forum on Climate Change and Human Health, February 23, from 5:30-7:30 PM at the University Center. Participants will hear from Nobel Honorees, Dr. David Easterling, chief of the Scientific Services Division of the NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, and Dr. Paul R. Epstein, associate director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Cecil B. Wilson, president of the American Medical Association, will give opening remarks. There will also be a reactionary panel consisting of Dr. Radha Pyati, director of the UNF Environmental Center, and Dr. Todd Sack, chair of the Florida Medical Association's Environment and Health Section, along with two UNF students.
To register for the free forum, click here.
For slide presentations from both presenters, click here.
Neil Armingeon, the St. Johns Riverkeeper, will be at UNF to discuss the history and state of the river at 2 PM Tuesday, January 25, 2011, in the Special Collections Reading Room on the first floor of Carpenter Library. This talk is in conjunction with the current library exhibit, "Our St Johns River: Words & Images," which features representative items from Special collections. Also on display are transcripts and items from oral history interviews conducted by students in the fall 2010 UNF history seminar, "Voices from the Stream: an Environmental History of the St Johns River," taught by Dr. Charles Closmann.
The Carpenter Library exhibits "Our St Johns River: Word & Images" from 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday-Friday; and will remain on display until Friday, Feb 4, 2011, in the Library's Special Collections Reading Room, first floor, Building 12. The exhibit features representative items from Special Collections relating to the St Johns River. Highlights and major themes of the river are depicted in art, described in major literary works along with environmental and water management issues. Subjects include the travels of Johns and William Bartram from 1765-66, Harriet Beecher Stowe's work, "Palmetto Leaves" and the Cross Florida Barge Canal controversy (1964-1991). Of particular interest are the historical images of steamboats plying the St. Johns River, with accompanying signed volumes by local author Edward Mueller. Included are transcripts and items from oral history interviews conducted by students in the UNF history seminar, "Voices from the Stream: An Environmental History of the St Johns River," taught by Charles Clossman.
The National Wildlife Federation is now accepting applications for its 2011 Fellowships. NWF Fellowships allow students to pursue their vision of an ecologically sustainable future through tangible projects to confront global warming on campus and in the community. Fellows gain practical experience in the conservation field and first-hand knowledge of the challenges and opportunities inherent in successful conservation efforts. One of last year's fellows, a student assistant at the Environmental Center, Cheryl Pakidis: University of North Florida - Southeast Climate Action Network Fellow.
Deadline for applications is January 31, 2011.
Click here for more information.
As part of EcoConscious Wednesdays Special Recognition, the Environmental Center and the Sustainability Committee is pleased to recognize the following members of the University Physical Facilities Landscape & Grounds staff for their tireless dedication to keeping UNF beautiful through proper landscaping and grounds care to both the central core of campus as well as the outer perimeter and preservation areas:
Applications will be accepted for the 2011 St. Johns River Transformational Learning Opportunity in September 2010. Deadline for submission will be November 30, 2010. Additional information, including itinerary and application, can be found on the St. Johns River TLO website.
The Environmental Center participated in this years Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) annual conference. Two project assistants, Derrick Robinson & Colleen Herms, from the Center presented papers. Program Manager, April Moore, participated in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) workshop, and student assistant & National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Southeast Climate Action Network Fellow, Cheryl Pakidis participated in the Student Summit.
"Poverty and Homelessness: Improving Disadvantaged Communities through Sustainable, Urban Gardening," Derrick Robinson
"Garbage on the Green Creates Recycling Awareness on Campus," Colleen Herms
The Environmental Center is pleased to recognize the recently formed University of North Florida Sustainability Committee. Please visit the UNF Sustainability Committee website to view a list of members and committee bylaws.
The UNF Environmental Center will host an Eco-Conscious Wednesdays Brown Bag Discussion from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 in the Student Union, Building 58W, Room 3602. The topic will be on organic gardening on- and off-campus and how to become involved in garden projects affiliated with UNF. Participants are welcome to offer tips and suggestions from their gardening experiences. Bring lunch and contribute to the dialogue. For more information, contact Derrick Robinson at 620-3881.
Seed Grants for up to $4,000 are available to faculty or teams of UNF personnel that include at least one tenure track faculty member. The grants are intended to facilitate the creation or maintenance of multidisciplinary projects related to environmental teaching and research. Seed grant funds may be used for faculty stipends, OPS wages for students and materials/expenses directly related to proposed project. Use 2010 Seed Grant Application. The applications will be accepted until Nov. 1, 2010. For more information please contact April Moore call (904) 620-2662.
The Environmental Center and Timucuan Trail Park Foundation are pleased to announce a new ecotourism class, entitled “Natural Wonders of Northeast Florida”, is scheduled to begin Tuesday October 19, 2010. Information and registration can be obtained by visiting the UNF Continuing Education course webpage.
FREE will be holding it's first informational meeting on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 12:15 PM. in the Student Union Auditorium, Building 58 Room 2704. For additional information, contact John Gonzalez at FREE.UNF@gmail.com.
UNF will “showcase” its campus garbage at the university Student Union in the school’s fourth trash and recycling audit. The university-sponsored event is aimed at educating students, faculty and staff about ways to reduce campus trash through recycling, litter-prevention practices and other “environmental” issues. The event will kick off with an early morning “cleanup” of campus litter on October 27, 2010. The event is free and open to the public. Thank you to all students, faculty & staff who volunteer or donate materials.
This is your chance to participate in a landmark event - the 2010 St. Johns River Summit, September 15-16. Join researchers, community leaders, recreation enthusiasts, and government officials as we gather to learn more about issues facing the river and ensure the sustainable enjoyment of our American Heritage River for future generations. Through collaboration, the St. Johns River has the best chance of receiving attention, funding and results.
This two-day event will feature a Watershed Welcome breakfast brought to you by leaders from central and northeast Florida, breakout sessions on the latest science and issues, guest speaker lunches, over 20 exhibitors, a county poster session, an art exhibit, and networking opportunities. All of this and more for the low registration fee of $50.
On Friday, July 16, 2010 at the City of Jacksonville Environmental Symposium, Mayor John Peyton will join the River Accord partnering agencies, the University of North Florida and Jacksonville University (JU) to celebrate The River Accord's anniversary with the release of the third State of the River report. For more information please visit the State of the River Website.
BSC 3057 - Introduction to Environmental Studies 3 creditsThis course represents the core foundation course for the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies minor. Topics cover a broad range of environmental issues in order to lay the foundation for the understanding of complex environmental issues and the interactions between human behavior, technology, and the natural environment. Course content provides an introduction to issues of biodiversity, appreciating human impact, principles of sustainability, biotechnology, resource conservation, legal and policy issues, ethics, and ecopsychology. (This course cannot be used by biology majors to satisfy degree requirements).
The UNF Environmental Center received the JaxPride Award of Excellence for its first annual “Garbage on the Green” trash and recycling audit and "Environmental Expo" held on the UNF campus March 8, 2007. The award was granted by Mayor John Peyton at the 13th Annual Ideas & Actions Forum March 28.
Volunteers sorted, measured and catalogued ½ ton of refuse from several UNF buildings during the day-long event. Art students displayed sculptures made from recycled materials and about a dozen outside organizations erected display for an Environmental Expo on the campus green.
Ms. Stacy Wheeler, former UNF political science adjunct professor, conceived and spearheaded the Garbage on the Green effort. Wheeler founded Recyclemania, a nationwide intercollegiate competition now sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
In early 2006, the Center completed an employment needs survey of about 200 Northeast Florida organizations that hire environmentally trained workers. Survey Results
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