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Press Release for Monday, October 14, 2013

University of North Florida Hosts Campus Sustainability Week

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

The Environmental Center at the University of North Florida has a full week of events planned to celebrate Campus Sustainability Week, which is designed to educate and inform students, faculty and staff on the importance and long-lasting effects of sustainability on campus and around the Jacksonville community. The week-long events begin Monday, Oct. 21, and run through Thursday, Oct. 24.


The 2013 Campus Sustainability Week events are as follows:

Green Carpet Film Series: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, Coxwell Amphitheater at the Student Union— Free screening of “Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life.” Film starts at 7 p.m. and is followed by a panel discussion. Bring a blanket or folding chair. Popcorn and refreshments will be available. Free parking available in Lot 5, located near the Student Wellness Complex. 


Campus Sustainability Forum: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, Building 58W, Student Union Ballrooms A & B—The UNF Sustainability Committee will host its first Campus Sustainability Forum. Come hear UNF faculty/staff discuss efforts that are being made to improve campus sustainability. Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is encouraged.


Night Hike at the Sawmill Slough Preserve: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, J.M. Golden Environmental Pavilion—Come experience the Sawmill Slough Preserve at night during this one-mile hike. Hikers will learn to use both their eyes and ears to locate the different creatures that come out after dark. The hike will start/finish at the John Golden Environmental Education Pavilion, located at Building 54 in Parking Lot 100, next to the Parking Services Building. Space is limited. Sign up at .

Garbage on the Green: 7:30 a.m. to 4p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, Osprey Plaza at the Student Union, Building 58—This annual University-sponsored event is aimed at educating students, faculty and staff about ways to reduce campus trash through recycling, litter-prevention practices and other environmental issues. During the event, volunteers sort through garbage to identify and quantify the types and sources of materials in UNF’s solid waste stream. The findings are then used to increase recycling and reduce waste.

‘What is Organic About Organic’ Screening: 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, Building 58W, Student Union Ballrooms A & B—In observance of national Food Day, there will be a screening of the documentary "What is Organic About Organic,” which delves into the debates that arise when a grassroots agricultural movement evolves into a booming international market.


Food Day and Natural High Fair: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, Building 58, Osprey Plaza at the Student Union—Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement toward more healthy, affordable and sustainable food. The Natural High Fair will showcase games and interactive tables as well as promote an overall healthy lifestyle. Free food will be provided.


For more details about Campus Sustainability Week events, visit or contact James Taylor, UNF Environmental Center coordinator, or at (904) 620-5804. 


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.