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Sawmill Slough in Spring

October 2013

St. Johns River Report

The State of the River Report is the result of a collaborative effort of a team of academic researchers from Jacksonville University, the University of North Florida and Valdosta State University, and will be released Sept. 30. The purpose of the project, funded primarily by the Environmental Protection Board of the City of Jacksonville, was to review various previously collected data and literature about the river and to place it into a format that was informative and readable to the general public. The report consisted of three parts --the brochure, the full report and an appendix. The short brochure provides a brief summary of the status and trends of each item or indicator (water quality, fisheries, etc.) measured in the relation to the river. The full report and appendix were produced to provide those interested with more detail regarding the results summarized in the brochure. In the development of these documents, many different sources of data were examined, including data from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, St. Johns River Water Management District, Fish and Wildlife Commission, City of Jacksonville, individual researchers and others.


For full report, please visit sjrreport.com


NEFAEP Scholarship

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 Oct. 14.


 For more information, go to the Environmental Center’s Scholarship page.


St. Johns River TLO Applications Available

The St. Johns River TLO applications for the Spring 2014 semester is now available for eligible students. Students interested in participating in the TLO must be a student who is in good academic standing, willing to participate in pre-trip meetings and able to work well with diverse groups of people. A TLO applicant may come from any academic background.


For more information, please visit the TLO page on the Environmental Center's website or contact James Taylor, Environmental Center coordinator.


Guided Hike through the Sawmill Slough Preserve

Sponsor: UNF Environmental Center

Time: 11 a.m.

Date: Sept. 26

Location: By Eco-Adventures Office, Lot 100


Come join the UNF Environmental Center for a guided hike of the Sawmill Slough Preserve, which is a 382-acre protected area located right here on the UNF campus. During the hike, hear from Justin Lemmons, Environmental Center ecologist who is currently working on the Campus Natural Assets Inventory (CNAI), which is a project aiming to inventory all of the plant and animal species found in the Preserve.


For more information, please contact James Taylor, Environmental Center coordinator.


Seismic Airgun Testing Forum

Time: 6- 8 p.m.

Date: Sept. 30

Location: Adam W. Herbert University Center, room 1058 


Seismic airguns are used to find oil and gas deep underneath the ocean floor. The forum will consist of students, faculty and staff coming together to discuss seismic airguns and the effects they have.


For more information about the subject, visit  http://oceana.org/en/our-work/climate-energy/seismic-airgun-testing/overview.


For more information about the event, please contact James Taylor, Environmental Center coordinator.


Northeast Florida Green Chamber

Sponsor: Northeast Florida Green Chamber and UNF Environmental Center

Time: 11:30 a.m. to1:30 p.m.

Date: Oct. 4

Location: Adam W. Herbert University Center


The Northeast Florida Green Chamber facilitates the growth and promotion of sustainable businesses in Florida and the Southeast by providing opportunities for networking, education, business development and collaboration. This meeting will feature the UNF Environmental Center's very own James Taylor, chair of the UNF Sustainability Committee.


James Taylor will discuss the UNF's recent achievements and accolades concerning sustainability and what the University has done to accomplish its sustainable goals. James Taylor will also be discussing Campus Sustainability Week, during which the UNF Environmental Center will be hosting Garbage on the Green, an annual waste audit and the University's biggest sustainability event of the year. In this discussion, he will include past years' audit results and plans to realize a 75 percent recycling rate by the year 2020 at UNF.


For more information and registration, please click here or contact James Taylor, Environmental Center coordinator.


Campus Sustainability Week

Date:  October 21-25

More information to come!


Events during Sustainability Week include:


Green Carpet Film Series

Sponsor: UNF Environmental Center and USGBC North Florida Chapter

Time: 6:30-9 p.m

Date: Oct. 21

Green Carpet Film Series will play the movie Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life.  Biophilic Design points the way toward creating healthy and productive habitats for modern humans. The recent trend in green architecture has decreased the environmental impact of the built environment, but it has accomplished little in the way of reconnecting us to the natural world, the missing piece in the puzzle of sustainable development. The movie will begin at 7 p.m.View trailer here.


Campus Sustainability Forum

Sponsor:  UNF Sustainability Committee. 

Time: 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m.

Date: Oct. 22

Location: Student Union Ballroom

Come hear UNF personnel discuss efforts that are being made to improve sustainable campus infrastructure.

Garbage on the Green (also National Campus Sustainability Day)

Sponsor: UNF Environmental Center

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Date: Oct. 23

Location: Osprey Plaza

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 program's purpose is to identify and quantify the types and sources of materials in UNF's solid waste stream. The findings are calibrated to improve efficiency and reduce waste of UNF waste management and recycling programs. For more information, please click here.  


Food Day

Sponsored: UNF Nutrition Club, Health Promotions, Ogier Gardens and Environmental Center

Date: Oct. 24

Food day is a nationwide celebration and a movement toward more healthy, affordable and sustainable food.


Exotic Pet Amnesty Day

Have an exotic pet that needs a new home? Or are you an experienced pet owner interested in adopting an exotic species? To help keep unwanted exotic pets out of Florida’s native ecosystems, the Florida Wildlife Commision and Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park will host an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Exotic reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish and mammals will be accepted. Domestic pets (dogs, cats, rabbits) will not be accepted. See a wide variety of exotic and native animals! Learn more about exotic pets and their impact on Florida's native ecosystems. Bring the kids and enjoy crafts, games and other surprises! The event is free to the public (admittance to Gulfarium Marine Adventure park not included).


For more information visit  www.gulfarium.com/amnesty_day.


Workshop: Local Government Challenges in Dealing with Rising Seas

Time: 9:00 a.m  to 4:30 p.m.
Date: Oct. 28  

Location: Florida State College at Jacksonville, Betty P. Cook Center, "Red" Bean Technical Center 76346 William Burgess Road Yulee, FL 32097 


This workshop is designed especially for local government planners and attorneys, as well as local government administrators, staff and elected officials. Presenters will discuss information on the science of sea level rise, understanding and addressing climate vulnerabilities in local communities, insurance and coastal hazards, planning resources for adapting to rising sea levels, changing coastlines and coastal hazards and a bellwether case that may signal the future issues that other local governments will face.


For more information, please visit http://risingseas.eventbrite.com/


Lufrano Intercultural Gallery Presents 'Disappearing Landscape'

Sponsor: Intercultural Center for PEACE

Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fridays

Location: Building 58E, Student Union, Lufrano Intercultural Gallery, room 2401


The exhibit will be displayed until Friday, Dec. 6. The Lufrano Intercultural Gallery presents, "Disappearing Landscape," a collection of 20 original works by Richard Lundgren.


For more information, please visit the Lufrano Inercultural Gallery Upcoming Exhibits page.


Youth Ocean Conservation Summit

 Time: Evening

 Date: Nov. 16

 Location: Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236


Learn about the global and local threats facing our oceans' ecosystems. This summit is intended for those youths interested in conserving our oceans' natural assets. Participants will have an opportunity to work with other peers in the field and work toward developing a plan to protect marine ecosystems. Registration is open until Oct. 19.


 For more information, please visit www.yocs.org.


Volunteer Opportunities

USGBC North Florida Sustainability Mobile unit Volunteers


USGBC needs volunteers to help make the Mobile Unit a success. USGBC needs to design and coordinate a sponsorship campaign, and gather in-kind donations of products to use in the Unit. Volunteers are needed to coordinate a build-out day to get the Unit finished, develop a calendar of action for the Unit and create educational approaches and takeaways so that the people that experience the Unit can us to learn from it and ultimately teach others. If you have questions, contact Sarah Boren at sarahboren@usgbcnf.org. To volunteer, click here to sign up. 



 Garbage on the Green Volunteer Opportunities


Theseventh annual Garbage on the Green is almost here! Thank you to everyone who has already shown interest in helping out. As the event gets closer, we will be seeking out help for street chalking. Stop by the Environmental Center office or email ECVolunteer@unf.edu if you want to join in on the fun! For those of you unfamiliar with Garbage on the Green, it is an annual waste audit that takes place on campus at the Student Union Osprey Plaza. Volunteers will get down and dirty, sorting, measuring and cataloging waste. The event kicks off with an early morning cleanup of litter on campus beginning at 7:30 a.m. Then between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. a waste audit —a systematic study of trash that is thrown away —will be conducted to help determine best practices to improve waste reduction programs and recover resources that would normally go to the landfill. The University-sponsored event is aimed at educating students, faculty and staff about ways to reduce campus trash through recycling and litter-prevention practices. Among the goals of the campus master plan is to include opportunities to integrate more waste reduction practices on campus as the University continues to increase its student population and to preserve its natural areas. Feel free to e-mail with any additional questions. If you are interested in a paid student position, the applications are due by this Friday, Sept. 27. Interested volunteers must also fill out an application that will be due over the next few weeks. All applications may be found here


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