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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

Applications for the 2022 Seed Grant cycle are now open! 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.

 

Faculty Social

Join us for our annual faculty social at the UNF Gallery of Art. The social provides faculty an opportunity to network with IERE staff and faculty board members. In addition, recipients of IERE Seed Grants will be recognized during the event. This year's social will also a special tribute to Dr. J. David Lambert. All are welcome. Learn more about the faculty social.

 

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

Faculty Social

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Location: UNF Gallery of Art (2/1001)

Cost: Free

Join us for our annual faculty social at the UNF Gallery of Art. The social provides faculty an opportunity to network with IERE staff and faculty board members. In addition, recipients of IERE Seed Grants will be recognized during the event. Light refreshments will be provided.

Field Friday - Wildlife Conservation

Friday, October 8, 2021

8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: White Oak

Cost: $20

Registration

Wildlife conservation is a diverse field that includes professionals from biology, engineering, psychology, education and more. This Field Friday will introduce students to wildlife conservation careers by visiting White Oak, a one-of-a-kind center for conservation located in Northeast Florida. White Oak is dedicated to the conservation and care of endangered and threatened species and partners with wildlife agencies here and abroad. 

 

Participants will enjoy a guided tour through the White Oak facility where they will learn about specific conservation needs of animals such as rhinoceros, elephants, cheetahs and Florida panthers. After the tour, participants will enjoy lunch and then attend a panel discussion on conservation careers. The registration fee covers transportation and lunch. Due to the remote location of White Oak, students must travel with the IERE unless other arrangements are made in advance.

Ending Plastic Workshop with Beyond Plastics

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

6 p.m.

Cost: Free and open to anyone

Zoom Link

The Institute of Environmental Research and Education will be hosting a virtual workshop featuring Alexa Goldsmith from Beyond Plastics. The workshop will focus on the topics of false solutions to the plastic crisis and expand upon current legislative efforts.

 

This event 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. The goal is to reduce generation of marine debris in those areas over time. This cleanup is also part of the International Costal Cleanup.

Jacksonville Environmental Symposium

Friday, October 15, 2021

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Adam W. Herbert University Center

Cost: $15-50

Sponsors:  City of Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board and Environmental Center

 

The Jacksonville Environmental Symposium presents a unique opportunity for members of the community to interact with the regulatory agencies responsible for developing and implementing environmental policy. The symposium provides valuable opportunities for communication and helps to further the goal of protecting our limited natural resources and improving the quality of life in Northeast Florida.

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.