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Plastic Reduction Project

The University of North Florida and Eckerd College have received a $150,000 award from the NOAA Marine Debris Program to reduce single-use plastic consumption and foster long-term pro-environmental behaviors among undergraduates in coastal communities. The goal is to reduce generation of marine debris in those areas over time. Learn more about the research project by visiting the plastic pollution article.


Our goal is to educate the community about the harmful results of using single-use plastics, and how students, faculty, and staff can reduce their plastic consumption by choosing to refuse.  

Upcoming Events

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Single-Use Plastics 101

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. 

Location: Zoom (follow link for meeting details)


Join for a workshop discussing single-use plastics and their impact on the coastal and marine ecosystems. The workshop will feature Catherine Uden, campaign organizer for Oceana in South Florida. Uden is currently working on numerous Oceana campaigns, including reducing plastic pollution. Oceana is the world’s largest international non-profit organization that focuses solely on protecting the oceans through science-based policy work.

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Community Cleanup

Date: Saturday, Jan. 30 at 10 a.m. 


Join the Environmental Center for a community cleanup. Volunteers will collect debris found along local waterways, with a focus on plastic items. Volunteers will meet at the Palmetto Leaves Regional Park - South Entrance (13820 Old St Augustine Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32258).

After the cleanup, volunteers can take a short drive to Julington-Durbin Creek Preserve where they can enjoy more than 6 miles of hiking trails.

Space is limited and registration is required. Registration will be available soon!