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Sawmill Slough in Spring

October 2014

2015 St. Johns River TLO
Group photo of past TLO students

The St. Johns River Transformational Learning Opportunity (TLO) is a unique experience offered to all undergraduate students in good academic standing. Students who participate will embark on an eight-day journey during spring break along the St. Johns River, visiting the majestic springs that feed the river, going on canoe adventures and learning about its ecology and rich history from expert guest speakers. In addition to the St. Johns River, this trip includes stops at Silver Springs, the Ocklawaha River, Blue Spring, Wekiwa Springs, Rock Springs Run and much more! Students participating in the St. Johns River TLO will be required to enroll in a one-credit lab that meets Wednesdays 1-3 p.m. Jan. 14 through April 15. This lab is open to all students and has no prerequisites. The application deadline is Friday, Oct. 31.

Visit the St. Johns River TLO website for more information and to apply.

Faculty Seed Grants Applications

Applications for Environmental Center Seed Grants for up to $6,000, an increase from previous years, are available to faculty or teams of UNF personnel that include at least one tenure track faculty member. In addition to the financial increase, only two grants will be awarded this year. Seed Grants are intended to stimulate the creation of multidisciplinary research projects related to the environment. Funds may be used for faculty stipends, wages for students and expenses directly related to a proposed project that are allowable from education and general (E&G) funds. Applications will be accepted until noon Monday, Nov. 3. If you have questions, contact James Taylor.


Click here for more information and Seed Grant applications.

Voting Extended for Environmental Center Photo Contest

We had 41 spectacular submissions in the first Environmental Center photo contest! Thank you to everyone who submitted photos. You can vote on your favorite photos by visiting the Environmental Center Facebook Page and like as many photos as you want. Be sure to like our page while there! Remember, first place and runner-up prizes will be awarded to the top two photos with the most likes and, an additional prize will be awarded to the judge's favorite. The deadline to vote has been extended to noon Monday, Oct. 13.


Visit the Environmental Center Facebook Page to vote.

World Food Day at UNF

Informational exhibits

When: Thursday, Oct. 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Osprey Plaza (Student Union breezeway)


Film screening 

When: Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m.

Where: Student Union Auditorium


World Food Day is a day of action against hunger. Come learn more about World Food Day in the Osprey Plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 16 and meet local organizations addressing agriculture, hunger, international, veteran’s and women’s issues. Please bring an item for the Lend-A-Wing Pantry and see their website for the most desired items for students in need. That same evening, do not miss the exclusive new documentary "Terra Firma" at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium. This hour-long film about “Women, War, and Healing on the Farm” features three female veterans overcoming Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder through careers in farming. The panelists will include the filmmakers, area veterans and a farmer from the Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry. This event is a collaboration with UNF’s Ogier Gardens, Health Promotion Department, Military Veterans Resource Center, Intercultural Center for PEACE, Women’s Center, Lend-A-Wing Pantry and the LGBT Resource Center.

Contact Ogier Gardens coordinator Kevin Anderson for more information.

Campus Sustainability Week

Image of Garbage on the Green volunteersCampus Sustainability Week takes place Monday, Oct. 20, through Friday, Oct. 24 and is organized by the Environmental Center, with support from the UNF Sustainability Committee. The purpose of Campus Sustainability Week is to educate students, faculty and staff about sustainability initiatives on campus and in the Jacksonville community. The anchor event for the week is Garbage on the Green, a yearly waste audit and environmental education event that has become a campus tradition.

**All events, except the movie and guided hike, will be in the Garbage on the Green tent located just outside the Student Union near the lake. If there is inclement weather, events will take place inside the Student Union. Please visit the Campus Sustainability Week website for full event details.

Monday, Oct. 20 - Garbage on the Green results presentation at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 20 - Screening of WALL-E at 7:30 on the Green
Tuesday, Oct. 21 - Electric vehicle charging station community Session at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 22 - Garbage on the Green 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 24 - Guided hike in Sawmill Slough Preserve at 10 a.m., meet outside the Eco-Adventures office in Lot 100


Visit the Campus Sustainability Week website for full event details.

Presentation from Dr. Erin Largo-Wight, 2014 Seed Grant Recipient
When: Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 10-11 a.m.
Where: Social Sciences Building (Building 51), room 3102

Dr. Erin Largo-Wight, an associate professor in the Department of Public Health and a 2014 Environmental Center Seed Grant recipient, will discuss her recent study about the impact of outdoor classrooms. The presentation is hosted by the Center for Applied Research in Child and Adolescent Development (CARCAD) as part of their 2014 Lecture Series.

USGBC 20*40 Talks

When: Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Adam W. Herbert University Center

Inspired by PechaKucha and Ted Talks, US Green Building Council (USGBC) North Florida Chapter and the Environmental Center brings you 20*40 Talks, a dynamic series designed to unleash the creativity of our region and foster sustainability. Speakers for November include Bryan Blazek from Ted’s Montana Grill and Janice Fleet discussing the Sustainability Plans for the city of Green Cove Springs.


Visit the USGBC North Florida Chapter website for more details.

Career and Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers Needed at Garbage on the Green

Join more than 100 other volunteers Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Garbage on the Green, an annual waste audit organized by the Environmental Center. Garbage on the Green is much more than just a waste audit and includes an early morning cleanup and an afternoon Eco-Expo featuring dozens of community organizations and local businesses. Volunteers are needed to help pick up trash on campus, sort through waste during the audit and other tasks throughout the day starting at 7 a.m. All volunteers get free lunch from the Super Food Truck and a free organic Garbage on the Green T-shirt. Register to volunteer by clicking here or for more information visit the Garbage on the Green website. You may also e-mail the Environmental Center for more information.


For more opportunities, visit the Environmental Center website.

Happening in the Community

Sierra Club Presentation by UNF Student Gina Alvarez

When: Monday, Oct. 13, at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Lakewood Presbyterian Church

The Northeast Florida Sierra Club will host a presentation by UNF student Gina Alvarez as she describes her experience while working as an intern at the Florida Springs Institute during the summer of 2014. Her duties included collecting information on a variety of projects including the Ichetucknee River, the Kings Bay Restoration Project, Homasassa, Silver River and the Santa Fe. Refreshments will be provided, but please bring your own cup to reduce waste in the landfill.

McCoy's Creek Cleanup

When: Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9-11 a.m.
Where: 2600 Heywood Dowling Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32204

Come help the North Florida Land Trust, CSX, Greenscape, JEA, Rising Tides of St. Johns Riverkeeper, Jacksonville Jaycees and Keep Jacksonville Beautiful plant native trees and bioswales along McCoys Creek, at Hollybrook Park! By planting these trees and other plants, we will be helping to elevate the issues of flooding and trash accumulation in the creek which flows directly into the St. Johns River. No registration needed. Wear closed-toes shoes and waterproof boots if you are able. Bags and gloves will be provided.

River Reads Book Club

When: Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Jacksonville University's Marine Science Research Institute

The River Reads Book Group will offer engaging discussions of environmentally themed books, including our St. Johns River, water quality, Floridian history and authors, Florida flora and fauna, and current issues facing our state. The book for this fall is the new book from Florida author Bill Belleville entitled "The Peace of Blue".


For more events, visit the Environmental Center upcoming events page.
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