Desiring an opportunity to align the priorites of the Environmental Protection Board with priorities adopted by Duval County Public Schools, in 2013 the EPB began a partnership with the public school system to establish the EPB-DCPS Environmental Champion Award. The award recognizes one of the school system's Green Champions for their leadership and individual efforts to promote activities and programs which lead to heathier and "greener" schools. The award is presented during the annual EPB Environmental Symposium.

Past Winners

  • 2013 - Jessica Petote - Ruth N. Upson Elementary
  • 2014 - Amanda Polematidis - Landmark Middle
  • 2015 - Marcia Rivas - Twin Lakes Academy Elementary
  • 2016 - Brent Sawdy - Lake Shore Middle
  • 2017 - Korry VanWagoner - Twin Lakes Academy Elementary
2018 EPB - DCPS Environmental Champion Award Winners
Historically, there has been one Green Champion emerge to receive the award, however, this year the JEPB had two that were exceptional.  The board decided to present each with an award and $500 stipend.

Jessica Brothers - Jacksonville Beach Elementary
and Nathan Hafner - Alden Road Exceptional Student Center



Although Jacksonville Beach Elementary has had their program for only two years, it is among the best.Jessica has done an amazing job involving faculty, students and parents in the program and has introduced a culture of including green initiatives in almost every aspect of school life.They have creative recycling, energy and water conservation, wellness and art programs that collectively educate everyone on environmental responsibility.


Jessica accepted the award from Environmental Protection Board members Amy Y. Fu and Gabriel DuPree.



Nathan has led the Green Champions program at Alden Road for the past four years and has built a solid program.Students with differing abilities are very involved and take special pride in what they have been able to do with their nature trail and pond.Nathan has increased the participation of the faculty and initiated a culture change at the school.Partnering with Sandalwood High, they have done several green infrastructure projects such as a water mitigation pond over the past few years to address stormwater issues at their school which was built on, and around, wetlands.Nathan has also attended a special camp during summer at the University of Florida and utilized the skills learned there to enhance the program.
 


Nathan accepts the award from Environmental Protection Board members Amy Y. Fu and Gabriel DuPree.