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Institute of Environmental Research and Education

Environmental Leadership Program Symposium

Annual event every spring to showcase the community projects completed due to the valuable partnerships between ELP scholars and community partners. The spring symposium provides the opportunity for attendees to enjoy lite bites, talk with our students, view project posters and hear more about the amazing things happening with the Environmental Leadership Program and the Institute.

The Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) provides undergraduate students from any major a scholarship to complete leadership training and implement a community-based project in Northeast Florida. The goal of the program is to create the next generation of environmental leaders. 

Dr. Largo-Wight presenting student of year award to Klesia in front of UNF logo background.
Dr. Largo-Wight giving open remarks in front of the podium at the symposium.
ELP student presenting poster to attendee.
Community Partner raising hand during applause given at ELP Symposium.
ELP student presenting his poster to a community partner at the symposium.
Assistant Director, Kelly Rhoden speaking at the podium during the ELP Symposium.
ELP student presenting her poster and project to a Community Council member.
Brazos Barber sitting at table listening to presentation at ELP Symposium.
Dr. Largo-Wight pictured standing next to ELP student that just received green cords for graduation.
ELP student explaining environmental project by pointing out poster elements to attendee.

Community Partners

Thank you to our community partners!


Thank you to our supporters!  The ELP has been made possible through the longstanding generous support of the Cummer Family Foundation, Felburn Foundation, and the IERE Community Council. Special thank you to JEA for sponsoring the 2024 ELP Spring Symposium.

Logo of Felburn Foundation. A green forestry hat with nature pictured on the rim and preserving nature.  Felburn Foundation is written on a white ribbon around the top.
Logo of JEA with tag line building community included below.

Past Student Award Winners

Headshot of student of the year, Christina, with a nature backdrop.Christina was awarded Environmental Leadership Program Student of the Year. She exemplified what it means to be a leader. Her strong work ethic and passion for the environment provided her with the tools needed to be a successful project leader as she partnered with the Jacksonville School for Autism to support and expand their Garden Enrichment Therapy program to include an agro-business model.  Christina presented her project at the 2024 Spring Symposium.

Headshot of student, Yetzali with nature background.After careful consideration, by business and environment leaders, the “Willowbranch Park: A Haven for the Community” poster submitted by Yetzali in partnership with Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) was awarded Poster of the Year at the 2024 ELP Spring Symposium.