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February 2014

RecycleMania: 'Caught Green Handed'

"Caught Green Handed" is a promotion that is a part of the RecycleMania campaign on campus. Every Wednesday in February and March, the Environmental Center will have a group of students walking around "catching" people recycling and using the hydration stations. They will hand out prizes to everyone we “catch.” If you want to be "Caught Green Handed," be sure to put forth your best efforts of recycling on campus and spread the word to your friends.

Click here to see photos from Caught Green Handed

Screening of the 'TRASHED' documentary

Date: Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.

Location: Student Union, Building 58W, Room 3806


In the new docu-feature "TRASHED," narrator Jermey Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution. This is a meticulous and brave investigative journey that takes Irons (and us) from scepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope. We buy it, we bury it, we burn it and then we ignore it. Does anyone think about what happens to all the trash we produce? We keep making things that do not break down. We have all heard these horrifying facts before, but with Jeremy Irons as our guide, we discover what happens to the billion or so tons of waste that goes unaccounted for each year.

This event is free and open to the public. Free food will be provided, but please bring your own cup to reduce waste. 

Tour of Jacksonville's Recycling Facility

Date: Friday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Location: Meet in Lot 7


Opening in 2012, Republic Recycling Facility is the first of its kind in the state of Florida. With 70,000 square feet of space, this LEED-certified edifice contains state-of-the-art machinery and equipment that can process almost any sort of material for recycling. The UNF Environmental Center invites you to tour the plant with us and see for yourself this curious place. Transportation will be provided, but space is limited so please R.S.V.P. as soon as possible.

Click here to R.S.V.P. for the tour.

UNFIB Conference

Date: February 21-22
Location:  UNF Student Union 

The UNF International Business Conference provides an opportunity for close interaction among researchers and practitioners. Research, research-in-progress papers and proposals 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

Happening in the Community
USGBC LEED Green Associate Workshop  

Date: Friday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 

Location: TLC Engineering for Architecture, 1650 Prudential Drive, Suite 200, Jacksonville, FL 32207


Mark Gelfo, P.E., and Camp Boyd, both USGBC North Florida Education Committee co-chairs, will be teaching the LEED Green Associate Workshop. The workshop is four hours long. Those who pass the test at the end of the course will be certified LEED Green Associates. This class is normally $225+, but students can register for only $10! Click here for more information


Free National Park on President’s Day weekend 

All National Parks will be offering free admission on Presidents Day weekend from Feb. 15-17. Jacksonville boasts two beautiful national parks — Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve and Fort Caroline National Memorial. These parks will not charge admission on President’s Day weekend, as well as opening weekend of National Park Week April 19 and 20. Feel free to explore, hike and discover Jacksonville’s finest natural offerings. For more information, click here. 


The Best of Florida Photo Competition  

Florida’s Water and Land Legacy will be awarding first-, second-, and third- place prizes for the best photographs of Florida in the following categories; water and land, wildlife, outdoor recreation and legacy. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Feb. 21. For information and details about this competition, please visit the Florida’s Water and Legacy website. 


Sierra Club Celebration

Date: Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m.  

Location: Vino's Pizza & Grill, 1430 San Marco Blvd


The Northeast Florida Sierra Club Group is hosting a celebration on the success of The Florida Water and Land Legacy Conservation Amendment campaign. Aliki Moncreif, Florida Legacy campaign director, will give celebratory remarks and discuss how you can be involved. There will be free pizza and this event is free and open to the public. Click here for more details and to R.S.V.P.  

Jobs, Internships and Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers Needed for RecycleMania  

The Environmental Center is looking for volunteers to help plan, organize and execute the 2014 RecycleMania recycling competition. RecycleMania is an intercollegiate competition between universities nationwide. The Environmental Center is organizing a number of events to help reduce the amount of trash sent to landfills by UNF and to educate the UNF community about waste reduction. If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to Katie Borello, Environmental Center Volunteer Coordinator. 


McCoy's Creek Cleanup

Date: Sunday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m.

Location: McCoy's Creek Blvd. near Stockton Street


A number of Jacksonville's environmental groups are working together to cleanup McCoy's Creek in downtown Jacksonville. The Environmental Center staff will be attending, so email James Taylor if you are interested in carpooling. This event is open to the public and doesn't require any registration. Bags and gloves will be provided, but please wear closed-toe shoes and a UNF shirt. Click here for more information


Second Harvest - Community Garden Initiative

Second Harvest North Florida is working to create a volunteer leadership team of people who would be willing to serve as a leader in their community garden initiative. Second Harvest needs volunteers for the following upcoming events:

  1. Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arlington Community Garden, Tree Hill Nature Center 7152 Lone Star Road
  2. Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 4-5:30 p.m. at Success Garden, 1232 Pearce Street 

To sign up for any of these opportunities please visit our website: https://wenourishhope.volunteermatrix.com/.    


North Florida Land Trust  

The North Florida Land Trust matches volunteers with important research, planning, field work and other tasks in support of Land Trust projects. Some examples of volunteer opportunities, include organizing or sponsoring a trail building, clearing or hiking on protected properties in your area, touring of one of our protected lands, participating in a stewardship work day, helping to maintain a trail or clean up a property, volunteering with one of our special events, such as a kayak trip, Annual Gathering of Friends or Legacy Luncheon, hosting a Learn about the Land Trust event for your friends or colleagues or serving on one of the Land Trust committees, such as Communications, Property or Governance. For more information, e-mail the volunteer coordinator, Lynne Mantz, at volunteer@northfloridalandtrust.org


FoodCorps Service Member 

FoodCorps recruits talented leaders for a year of paid public service building healthy school food environments in limited-resource communities. FoodCorps service members implement a three-ingredient recipe for healthy kids: teach children about what healthy food is and where it comes from, build and tend school gardens and bring quality local food into public school cafeterias. Applications are being accepted through March 2014. Click here to learn more and apply for a position


Student Conservation Association - Osceola National Forest Position

The National Forests in Florida have partnered with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to place an intern as a volunteer coordinator and community outreach representative in the Osceola National Forest. The SCA member placed in the Forest will serve approximately twelve months while completing the required hours needed to finish their term. Enthusiastic and service-minded applicants will best be suited for the position, which entails volunteer coordination and community outreach. Click here for more information on this program and to apply for the position.


Florida Organic Growers is Hiring 

The Florida Organic Growers is hiring. They have full-time and part-time, as well as internships available. Please visit their website for more information.  

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