FNCE, Food Sustainability and You!

You might be asking yourself… where does the “you” come in as the title of this blog. I promise, I’ll tell you, but you’ll have to keep reading! This past October, your UNF Food Fighters project leaders Leanza Mayo and I had the opportunity to travel to Philadelphia, PA. to attend the Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE). FNCE… Read moreFNCE, Food Sustainability and You!

Food Fighters: Hunger Dinner 2019

On Tuesday, October 1 Food Fighters held our annual Hunger Dinner for students, faculty and community partners. Every year this event raises awareness about hunger on a global scale and on local levels, such as the Jacksonville area. The Hunger Dinner is a hunger simulation, which includes a presentation by Dr. Lauri Wright and students volunteers who convey facts about… Read moreFood Fighters: Hunger Dinner 2019

UNF’s Well-Lit Future

Here at UNF, the goal to become more energy efficient and environmentally friendly is always a top priority. Over the past few years, the university has been switching to LED lighting to improve energy efficiency and operating costs. According to Dr. Wallace Harris, associate director for Physical Facilities, the university has already replaced lighting along all streets and parking lots… Read moreUNF’s Well-Lit Future

Beyond the Trail: A River Runs Through It Wrap- Up Party

The final event of Beyond the Trail: A River Runs Through It took place at the UNF Sawmill Slough Preserve. Jake Tucker, an employee of UNF’s Environmental Center that performs wildlife monitoring in the preserve was the featured speaker for the event. Former UNF President John Delany classified the area as a preserve in 2006. The preserve has almost 400… Read moreBeyond the Trail: A River Runs Through It Wrap- Up Party

Beyond the Trail: A River Runs Through February Event with the St. Johns Riverkeeper

The February event of Beyond the Trail: A River Runs Through It featured kayaking with Kelly Patton Thompson from the St. Johns Riverkeeper. The St. Johns Riverkeeper is an organization that works to be the voice of the St. Johns River and the communities that live and work in the watershed. The organization provides educational classes and materials, advocates for… Read moreBeyond the Trail: A River Runs Through February Event with the St. Johns Riverkeeper

Beyond the Trail: A River Runs Through It Wrap Up

This year, student project leader Katie Vearil led the fourth series of “Beyond the Trail.” After participating in the St. Johns River Experience at UNF, she was inspired to educate others on the historical, scientific, and economic significance of the river.  This inspired her to create, “Beyond the Trail: A River Runs Through It.” The first event of the series… Read moreBeyond the Trail: A River Runs Through It Wrap Up

Beyond The Trail: A River Runs Through It January 2019 Event

The January 2019 event in the Beyond the Trail: A River Runs Through It took place at Friendship Fountain with UNF professor Dr. Charles Closmann. In the early days of settlement in Jacksonville, the St. Johns River played a major role in trade. Goods such as lumber were shipped down the river. Eventually railroads developed alongside the river to make Jacksonville… Read moreBeyond The Trail: A River Runs Through It January 2019 Event

Beyond the Trail: A River Runs Through It November 2018 Event at Julington- Durbin Preserve

The third event in Beyond the Trail: A River Runs Through It took place in November with the St. Johns River Water Management District. The featured speaker for the event was Jennifer Mitchell, the public communications coordinator of the SJRWMD. The event took place at Julington-Durbin Preserve. The preserve is a quiet getaway filled with diverse ecosystems nestled between suburbs and… Read moreBeyond the Trail: A River Runs Through It November 2018 Event at Julington- Durbin Preserve

Preservation Project Jacksonville: The Untold Story

An exciting history of conservation and preservation. The largest urban park system in the United States. Over 51,000 acres of preserved land. Would you guess that all of this is in Jacksonville, Florida? For the past year, I have been speaking with and interviewing individuals who were pertinent to the creation of Preservation Project Jacksonville (PPJ). By hearing directly from… Read morePreservation Project Jacksonville: The Untold Story