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November 2013

Garbage on the Green Thank You

A big thank you from the UNF Environmental Center to everyone who helped make Garbage on the Green possible! The 2013 Garbage on the Green event was a major success, and with more than 130 volunteers, it was one of the largest volunteer events on campus. We would also like to thank our sponsors, which included Pepsi, eCycle Security, Health Promotions, Ogier Gardens, Pita Pit and Sweet Theory Baking Co. The event could not be at the magnitude that it was and is without your tremendous help. Be sure to visit our Facebook photo album for pictures from the event, and while you are there, be sure to like our page. Also, if you have any photos you would like to add, please e-mail them to James Taylor.

2013 Garbage on the Green photos

Commuting Survey

Commuting contributes to 28 percent of UNF's total greenhouse gas emissions, the second highest category behind purchased electricity. To help better understand the UNF community's commuting habits and how we can increase the use of alternative modes of transportation, the Environmental Center is conducting the second Commuter Preferences Survey. Upon completing the survey, you will have an opportunity to be entered into a prize drawing for one of four $50 VISA gift certificates.

Please click here to take the survey

Hydration Stations

Water bottle filling stations, or “hydration stations,” will be installed throughout the UNF campus. Hydration stations provide an easy and convenient way to fill up reusable water bottles. The new hydration stations will be installed throughout the core campus in 18 locations, including the Social Sciences Building, Skinner Jones Hall North and South, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, Fine Arts Center, Robinson Student Life Center and a number of other buildings.

Click here to learn more

Textbook Collection

Do you have old textbooks you don’t want any more? The Environmental Center has partnered with Better World Book and is currently collecting textbooks that will either be donated or sold to help fund literacy programs worldwide. This year’s book drive starts on Dec. 2 and ends on Dec. 13. There will be several book collection bins set up on campus, including the UNF Bookstore, the Housing and Residence Life Office, and the Fountains lobby and we encourage you to donate at least one book. We also have a collection bin inside our Environmental Center office, come visit us in Building 1, J.J Daniel Hall, room 2200.

In addition to the book drive, we will also be collecting electronic waste, such as printer ink cartridges, rechargeable batteries, cellphones and computers. Feel free to drop them off in the Environmental Center office any time.


Contact James Taylor for more information

St. Johns River is Now Official State Paddling Trail

Florida Department of Environmental Protection Office of Greenways and Trails Council approved our application to designate the entire St. Johns River as a state paddling trail (blueway). The SJR blueway will be not only the state's 48th paddling trail but also the longest. Maps and guides will help day and thru-paddlers find where to access, camp and dine in the 12 counties along the 310-mile river. Paddling trails additionally raise environmental awareness, create a sense of place, promote good health through outdoor recreation and increase nature-based tourism to help boost economic growth for communities adjoined to the blueway.

Visit the St. Johns River Alliance website for more information

USGBC 20*40 Talks

Time: Dec. 5 from 11:30am -1pm
Place:Adam W. Herbert University Center
Sponsor: USGBC North Florida and UNF Environmental Center
Cost: Full time student - $15, USGBC NF member - $20, non-member $25

Inspired by PechaKucha and Ted Talks, USGBC North Florida brings you 20.40 Talks, a series of four events throughout the year designed to unleash the creativity of our region and foster sustainability in our region. Each event will gather three thought-leaders offering diverse perspectives on how to create a fully sustainable community by the year 2040.

The Environmental Center is offering a limited number of free registrations for UNF students, faculty and staff. Please contact James Taylor for more information.

We have an amazing line-up of speakers:

  • Ennis Davis, Metro Jacksonville 
  • Jen Jones, Unity Plaza 
  • Hazel Henderson, founder of Ethical Markets Media, world renowned futurist and author of eight books including "Ethical Markets: Growing the Green Economy."

Click here to learn more and register

Community Events

5th Annual Right Whale Festival

Date: Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: The Seawalk Pavillion at Jacksonville Beach
Sponsors:Sea to Shore Alliance

Celebrate the annual return of the North Atlantic right whale to their only known calving area in the Southeast United States. With approximately 400 remaining, there are many local efforts to protect these critically endangered whales from extinction. Join us at the fifth annual Right Whale Festival to learn how we can lessen human impacts and bring peace to the right whales that share our coastal waters. Click here for more information.

UNFIB Conference

Date: Feb. 22
Location:UNF Student Union
Sponsors: UNF Coggin College of Business

UNF International Business Conference provides an opportunity for close interaction among researchers and practitioners. Research, research-in-progress papers, as well as proposals for panel discussions, workshops and tutorials from all fields business are invited for submission. All papers will be included in the conference proceedings. There will be great keynote speakers and opportunities for interaction and publishing, as well as at a great location. Click here for more information.


Volunteer Opportunities

Environmental Quality Division of the City of Jacksonville

Betsy Deuerling with the Environmental Quality Division of the City of Jacksonville discussed plans to begin an initial sampling program in the closed shellfish harvesting areas of Duval County. This program is designed to test whether or not water quality has improved since the areas were closed. Betsy will need assistance from any available committee member with the sampling program and/or with help recruiting other volunteers. The program is set to begin in September and scheduled to last about six months. Betsy can provide more information on the program. For more information, contact Betsy Deuerling.

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