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April 2014

2014 St. Johns River TLO
The Environmental Center just completed its annual St. Johns River Transformational Learning Opportunity (TLO). During the trip, students spent their days visiting the majestic springs that feed the river while learning about its rich history. Two of this year’s students, Lindsey Kilbride and Alyssa Bourgoyne, wrote a blog entitled Echoes of the River about their TLO experience, and The Florida Times-Union hosted the blog on Jacksonville.com. The partnership with the Florida Times-Union allowed the students’ work to be published on the web.
Click here to see photos from the 2014 St. Johns River TLO.

Annual Textbook Collection
The Environmental Center has partnered with Better World Books to collect unwanted textbooks to be donated or sold to help fund literacy programs worldwide. This year's book drive begins today, Monday, April 14, and ends Friday, April 25. There will be several book-collection bins on campus, including the Student Union, UNF Bookstore, Thomas G. Carpenter Library and the Environmental Center office located in Building 1, J.J. Daniel Hall room 2200. Everyone is encouraged to donate at least one book!
For more information, contact Katie Borello

'Cleaning Out the Nest' Yard Sale

Date: Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location: The Green 


Would you like to make some money before Summer Break?  Have lots of items you do not want to bring home?  Come out and participate in UNF's first student-wide yard sale, Cleaning Out the Nest, on April 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on The Green next to the Fine Arts Center. Cleaning Out the Nest will give you the opportunity to sell mini-fridges, microwaves, clothing, furniture, art and other useable items to fellow students and the Jacksonville community.  ATM's for Vystar, Wells Fargo, Suntrust, Bank of America and Community First Credit Union are conveniently located next to the Green. Campus parking is free for this event.

For registration or more information, contact Brock Ertel

Happening in the Community

USGBC Green Social

Date: Tuesday, April 8, at 6 p.m. 

Location: Aardwolf Brewery


The U.S. Green Building Council is hosting a free Green Social at Aardwolf Brewery in San Marco. There will be beer, dinner from a local food truck and several guest speakers. This event is open to everyone, and you will have the chance to network and learn about going green.  


For more information, visit the USGBC North Florida website.


One Spark

Date: Wednesday, April 9, through Sunday, April 13

Location: Downtown Jacksonville


OneSpark is a five-day event for artists, entrepreneurs and innovators to display projects in a 20-square-block, multi-venue gallery in downtown Jacksonville. One Spark is about connecting people with great ideas to the resources they need to make them a reality. 


Tour de Farm

Date: April 13, from noon to 5 p.m.  

Location: Local farms throughout Northeast Florida

Cost: $5 suggested donation, children 17 and under are free


The Tour de Farm event is open to anyone who wants to learn about local food production – where the food comes from and the people who produce it. Families, individuals, groups of friends and cyclists come from all over to tour our participating farms in various counties throughout Northeast Florida! You can attend an educational farm workshop, meet great chefs, taste produce right from the field, take a walking tour of the farms and lots more.


To learn more about Tour de Farm, please visit Slow Food First Coast's website.


Tree Hill Nature Center Butterfly Festival

Date: Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Joseph A. Strasser Amphitheater

Cost: $3 to $5


The Tree Hill Nature Center is holding its 2014 Joseph A. Strasser Butterfly Festival. There will be a walk-through butterfly exhibit, a butterfly release, vendors of local/handmade items, food and drinks, live music and plenty of activities for children. Proceeds will benefit Tree Hill and local schools. Parking is not available on site, but there will be a free shuttle service that runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at St. Andrews Episcopal and Parkwood Baptist Church.


To learn more about the even, please visit Tree Hill's website. 


Organic Style Unveiled Fashion Show and 3R Design Contest 

Date: Saturday, May 3, from 12-1:30 p.m.

Location: Riverside Arts Market (715 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32204)


Silver Needle & Thread, The Girls Gone Green and Riverside Arts Market (RAM) have come together to present the first organic fashion show of its kind in Jacksonville scheduled for Saturday, May 3, under the bridge at RAM.  The show is created by Patricia Davis, owner of Silver Needle & Thread Custom Sewn Clothing, located in Jacksonville.  All the garments are custom hand sewn using organic, vegan natural fibers.  Many fabrics are GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards) certified, the highest certification for textiles today.  The show is designed to help increase awareness of toxic clothing, dangerous practices of the industry and offer alternatives. Click here for more information about the fashion show. 


After the fashion show, there will be a Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle (3R) contest to create an item using unconventional materials such as bottles, cans, plastic, rope, paper, yarn, wood, tape, ribbon and whatever else you fancy! Give something old new life. Take something with a specific use and give it a new purpose. Allow your imagination to run wild. Our expert panel of judges will choose the most innovative, sustainability sound, best looking and creative piece to award. Click here to register or find out more informationabout the 3R contest. 

For more information on upcoming events, visit the Environmental Center's website

Jobs, Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer with Sierra Club at One Spark 

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 at One Spark from April 9-13 as they promote the Florida Land and Water Legacy campaign
Students interested in volunteering should contact Jessica Fessenden


Volunteer with eCycle Security at One Spark

eCycle Security has designed proven technology and a completely transparent process for safely recycling cathode ray tubes (CRT). Approximately 860 Million pounds of hazardous CRT glass is stockpiled in the U.S. and headed for landfills or third world countries that are ill-equipped to recycle it safely. Click here to learn more about what CRTs are and why they are harmful. eCycle Security will be a creator at this year's One Spark event, and they will use the funds raised at One Spark and on Indiegogo to complete the final manufacturing of the machine. 


For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact JuanCarlos Villatoro, CEO of eCycle Security. Compensation may be available for volunteers.


Model Casting Call for a Organic Clothing Fashion Show

Silver Needle & Thread is looking for the following groups to complete our roster for an upcoming fashion show May 3 at Riverside Arts Market. If you love to wear great clothes, look beautiful and be seen, this may be for you. We are looking for women ages 22-40, Caucasian, Asian or Spanish, 5-foot-7 or taller and sizes 8-12. Please send an e-mail with a photo and your specifications, along with your phone number to silverneedleandthread@gmail.com


You may also find out more information on Silver Needle & Thread's Facebook page


UNF Ogier Gardens 

UNF Ogier Gardens currently has rolling volunteer opportunities Tuesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. until noon. Volunteers should dress appropriately. Wear something you won't mind getting dirty and sturdy shoes or boots. The garden can supply gloves, or you can bring your own. The UNF Ogier Gardens can be found next to the Skate Park and Lot 18. 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.

For more information about volunteering, please e-mail Kevin Anderson.

For more volunteer opportunities, visit the Environmental Center website
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