Press Release for Tuesday, March 24, 2015
UNF Professor Receives Sierra Club Award for Environmental Conservation
Jessica Scott, Public Relations
Department of Public Relations
The University of North Florida’s Dr. David Jaffee, professor
of sociology, anthropology and social work, and Ponte Vedra Beach resident, was
recently recognized by the Sierra Club and Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, as
an individual who has made a significant contribution
to the protection, preservation or
conservation of natural resources within the city.
“Everyone has a responsibility to be a steward of our
environment,” Brown said, adding the 33 people and groups being recognized “not
only accept this responsibility, they embrace it.”
year, Sierra Club participates in the Mayor’s Environmental Luncheon in March at
the Jacksonville Zoo. It’s a chance for environmental organizations in
Jacksonville to each thank and recognize individuals who have made an impact on
conservation and improvement in the Jacksonville landscape.
rare to find a person with technical and academic expertise who is willing to
step into the environmental advocacy arena,” said Janet L. Stanko, Sierra Club
Northeast Florida chair.
work on the economic impacts of the prospective Jaxport dredging project has
helped citizens of Jacksonville to think more critically about the project.
Potential success in efforts to influence the project can be attributed
directly to his work.
recognized by an organization that has a long-standing commitment to the
protection of the environment, and is community-based, is a great honor and it
serves to validate the importance of UNFs commitment to community-based
academic engagement and the principle of public sociology,” he said.
work on The Ports Project at UNF was designed to provide citizens of
Jacksonville with a critical and research-based understanding of the
implications of an urban economy revolving around the port logistics. He has
provided viewpoint and opinion pieces to several publications, including The
Florida Times-Union, Folio Weekly and the Jacksonville Business Journal. He has
also participated in public discussion panels, wrote research briefs and white
papers, as well as organized a town hall forum to provide citizens the
opportunity to engage with local officials on the topic.
The Sierra Club Northeast Florida
was founded in the fall of 1970 by a
local group of dedicated, inspired environmental activists and is entirely
volunteer-led by a local executive committee and many other volunteers. There
are more than 1,200 members in Duval, St. Johns, and northeast Clay counties.
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.