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March 2014

Environmental Director Search

The UNF Environmental Center, which celebrates its 10th year at UNF in 2014, is currently seeking a new permanent director. The Center’s focus on advancing environmental and sustainability research and education, both on campus and regionally, has raised the recognition of UNF both locally and nationally. The Environment Center is committed to improving the sustainability of the campus, the environmental education of our students and the awareness of the community.


All UNF associate and full professors from any of the five UNF colleges are eligible to apply for the position. Please send a cover letter including current/previous environmental activities, CV and vision statement about the Environmental Center to James Taylor or deliver to the Environmental Center office in J.J. Daniel Hall, Building 1, room 2200. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 14.


Click here for the official announcement, which includes a description of the director's duties and compensation.

Recap of RecycleMania

Since the start of RecycleMania at UNF on Feb. 1, there has been an overwhelming response! The Environmental Center hosted a kick-off party on The Green Feb. 3 to get students excited and explain the two-month long event. Then, we initiated the Caught Green Handed campaign, where we reward students for reducing, reusing and recycling. Pictures are taken and captions are written about why recycling is important to each person who is "caught", and each week it becomes easier and easier to find people. Lastly, the Environmental Center showed a great documentary called "TRASHED" about the perils of waste disposal and organized a tour of the Republic recycling facility here in Jacksonville. Twenty students, faculty and staff went on the tour of the plant and were shown how the process of recycling works and what the final, shippable product looks like. RecycleMania is set to end March 31, and the Environmental Center will continue doing Caught Green Handed until then. Be on the look out for us because we will be looking for you!


Learn more about the Environmental Center's RecycleMania events on our website.

20*40 Talks

When: Tuesday, Mar. 25 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost: $15-25


US Green Building Council of North Florida and the Environmental Center brings you 20*40 Talks, a dynamic series designed to unleash the creativity of our region and foster sustainability in our region. Speakers include: Downtown Investment Authority of Jacksonville -- presented by Aundra Wallace, Executive Director, DIA, Republic Services -- presented by Doug Whitehead, General Manager, Ted’s Montana Grill -- Bryan Blazek, Proprietor at Ted’s Montana Grill’s restaurant in Orange Park, FL.


Visit the USGBC North Florida's website fore more details and registration.

Hungry for Justice

When: Tuesday, Mar. 26 7 p.m.

Where: UNF Talon Room


Farmworker AwarenessWeek is March 23-31. In light of that, the UNF Ogier Garden is screening a film that touches on the issues dealing with farmworkers and the problems many of them face. The director of the film will be attending, and there will be a panel discussion. Come join and see how you can make a difference.


For more information, visit the UNF Ogier Garden's Facebook page.

Happening in the Community

Give Springs a Break! 

The Florida Springs Institute is named after the late Dr. Howard T. Odum, the father of springs ecology, who first called the world's attention to the majesty and mystery of these unique and complex ecosystems. The Florida Springs Institute is working toward the vision of having a permanent research center focused on springs and aquatic ecology and education at Silver Springs.


“Give the Springs a Break” is a camping event for all Florida undergraduate and graduate students. The trip will take place April 4-6 at Ginnie Springs Outdoors. The Environmental Center will be attending this camping event and will be providing transportation for UNF students. A limited number of scholarships are also available through the Environmental Center. Contact James Taylor for more details.


For more information about the trip and registration, go the Florida Springs Institute's website.


Student Research Grant Opportunity

The new Student Research Grant is a competitive grant program and is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are engaged or who desire to be engaged in research activities at the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. This program is highly competitive and limited in number of grant awards. Four $500 grants will be awarded to support student research. The deadline to apply is Saturday, March 15.


For more information, including the grant application, can be found on the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve's website.


Visit the Environmental Center's website for more events.

Jobs, Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

RecycleMania Volunteers 

The Environmental Center is looking for volunteers to help with RecycleMania activities on campus, including Caught Green Handed. Interested volunteers can contact Katie Borello for more information.


Food Recovery Network

The Food Recovery Network unites students on college campuses to fight waste and feed people by donating the surplus unsold food from their colleges and donating it to hungry Americans. Each chapter works with on-campus dining halls and other off-campus eateries to divert food from the landfill to community members in need, while also raising awareness on issues of food waste and hunger in America.


The Environmental Center and Chartwells are looking for motivated students interested in helping divert leftover food from the Osprey Café to local charities. If you are you interested, please contact James Taylor.


Sierra Club 

Are you passionate about Florida’s natural beauty? Then the Sierra Club is looking for you! The Sierra Club Northeast Florida Group is looking for passionate students to help further their mission to explore, enjoy and protect the planet. The group is looking for motivated volunteers to help with the Florida Land and Water Legacy campaign, which will reestablish permanent conservation funding. They will also be entering One Spark and need creative students to help build their installation. Students interested in volunteering should contact James Taylor, UNF Environmental Center coordinator.


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 20. Visit their website for more information and to apply.


Visit the Environmental Center's website for more opportunities.
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