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Institute of Environmental Research and Education

The Institute of Environmental Research and Education (IERE) is housed in Academic and Student Affairs and serves students and faculty from all six UNF colleges. All IERE programs and scholarships are 100% funded by donors and grants. With a focus on environmental research and education, our mission is to provide opportunities for environmental research and education and develop interdisciplinary programs that enhance the student experience. Learn more about the IERE.

Announcements

Remembering Dr. J. David Lambert

It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of Dr. J. David Lambert. Dr. Lambert was a dedicated faculty member, accomplished researcher, and past director of the Institute of Environmental Research and Education (formerly the Environmental Center). Through his guidance and commitment, the Institute provided students with opportunities for research, service and leadership. Dr. Lambert was instrumental in the success of the Institute and will be greatly missed. Please feel free to share memories and photos on his memorial site. Additionally, the family is collecting donations for an endowed student scholarship in Dr. Lambert's name to honor his legacy of helping students. Please consider making a gift today.

 

Seed Grant Applications Now Open

The deadline for applications has been extended to Sunday, Nov. 7 at 11:59 p.m.! Two grants will be awarded in amounts up to $10,000. All proposals must involve at least one UNF faculty member who is tenured or in a tenure-earning position. Learn more about the Seed Grants and how to apply.

 

Plastic Pollution Workshops and Cleanups

The IERE will be hosting a series of virtual workshops and community cleanups as part of a NOAA Marine Debris Program grant focused on reducing single-use plastic consumption and fostering long-term pro-environmental behaviors among undergraduates in coastal communities. The events are free and open to all. Visit the Plastic Pollution website for details and registration information. 

Upcoming Events

Community Cleanup

Saturday, October 23, 2021

10 a.m. to noon

Location: Reddie Point Preserve

Cost: Free and open to all

Registration

Join the Institute of Environmental Research and Education for cleanup at Reddie Park Preserve. This cleanup is part of a NOAA Marine Debris Program grant focused on reducing single-use plastic consumption and fostering long-term pro-environmental behaviors among undergraduates in coastal communities.

 

Volunteers will be collecting trash and debris found in the park and along the St. Johns River, with a focus on single-use plastic items. Volunteers will also help sort and weight the collected items.

 

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

  • Wear a face mask or cloth face cover – You are expected to cover your mouth and nose with a face mask or cloth face cover when in groups or indoors.
  • Practice social distancing -Try limiting interactions with people you are normally around with while maintaining social distancing.
  • Wash your hands often - Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and if soap and water is not available use hand sanitizer.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes - Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze. 
  • Stay home if you are sick - Monitor your health and stay home if you are feeling sick or test positive for COVID-19.
  • Avoid carpooling - Carpool only with people you know well and feel comfortable with about their health status. 

For more information on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please visit the Florida Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website.

Drastic about Plastic

Monday, October 25, 2021

6 p.m.

Location: Student Union West, Room 3703

Cost: Free and open to all students

Join the Institute of Environmental Research and Education for a student-led conversation about reducing single-use plastic at UNF. Participants will be given an overview of the scope and severity of the plastic pollution crisis. Students will also hear Crystal Boutwell, a representative from Student Public Interest Research Groups (PIRG) about the actions students from other universities are taking to address plastic pollution on their campuses.  

 

Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to collaborate by engaging in a meaningful group discussion about the future of single-use plastics at UNF and work together to draft and sign a student pledge against plastic. 

 

This student-led workshop is organized by UN Millennium Fellow Erin Ogrodnik. The UN Millennium Fellowship is a leadership program sponsored by the United Nations Academic Impact that supports students in advancing their social impact work.