About the Environmental Center 


The Environmental Center was founded by Dr. Ray Bowman in 2004, with support from a range of faculty and President John A. Delaney. The original vision of the Environmental Center was to "enhance the quality and distinctiveness of UNF education by stimulating multidisciplinary teaching and research related to the environment." In the beginning, the Environmental Center did not have an office, nor did it have paid staff. However, through the tireless effort of Dr. Bowman and others, the Environmental Center has been able to continually grow.   


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.

Meet the Team

As an interdisciplinary academic center, the Environmental Center relies of contributions from faculty, students and staff. Additionally, with a community-based focus the Environmental Center works with a number of community partners. 

Staff and Board

Project Leaders

Community Partners


The Environmental Center has a regional focus and has prioritized its efforts into three categories. 

Parks and Preserves

Rivers, Coasts and Springs