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December 2013

UNF Commuting Preferences 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. Please take the survey by Dec. 6, and you can be entered into a drawing for one of four $50 Visa gift cards. 

To take the survey, please click here.

Textbook Collection


Do you have old textbooks you don’t want any more? The UNF 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 Dec. 2 and ends Dec. 13. There will be several book collection bins set up on campus at 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, so come visit us in 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 anytime. 

Contact James Taylor for more information.

'Dive!' Movie Screening


Date: Monday, Dec. 2
Location: Sun-Ray Cinema, 1028 Park St, Jacksonville, FL 32204
Sponsor: USGBC North Florida, UNF Environmental Center
Cost: Students and seniors - $7, adults - $9


Join us for a Green Carpet Film Series screening of the highly acclaimed movie, "Dive!," which is about food waste, dumpster diving and sustainability. Following the movie, there will be a panel discussion featuring Bruce Ganger, executive director of Second Harvest, and Dawn Emerick, president and CEO of the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida. 

Click here for more information.

USGBC 20*40 Talks


Date: Dec. 5 from 11:30am -1pm
Location: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 JamesTaylor 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 for more information.

Community Events


UNFIB Conference

Date: February 21-22
Location: UNF Student Union 

UNF International Business Conference provides an opportunity for close interaction among researchers and practitioners. Research, research-in-progress papers as well as proposal for panel discussions, workshops and tutorials from all areas of business are invited for submission. All papers will be included in the conference proceedings. There will be great keynote speakers, interaction and publishing opportunities.

Click here for more information

Volunteer Opportunities


UNF Ogier Garden

Are you interested in organic gardening? Want to learn about what it takes to cultivate and grow healthy, delicious fruits and veggies? Do you like to work outside and get your hands dirty? Or maybe you'd just like to hang out with a great bunch of creative, interesting people and have some fun while you improve your environment. No matter what the case, volunteering in the UNF Ogier Garden might be for you. Come join the team and help build, cultivate and maintain our beautiful garden. Or adopt your own garden bed and feel the thrill of accomplishment and satisfaction as you watch your work turn into healthy foods you can eat. During volunteer hours, UNF students from all over campus come together to work in the dirt, build planters and other structures, till, weed and water the rows and hang out with nature.


Volunteer hours are Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Volunteers should  wear something you won't mind getting dirty along with a pair sturdy shoes or boots. We can supply gloves, or you can bring your own, if you prefer. The UNF Ogier Gardens can be found next to the Skate Park and Lot 18.

For more information about volunteering please e-mail Kevin Anderson or visit the garden's website.

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