Although many of the functions of the EPB are regulatory in nature, the EPB is also charged with educating citizens regarding environmental matters. The purpose of this page is to highlight areas and items of interest to citizens and to serve as point of information.  

The EPB conducts a public outreach program that includes sponsoring environmental conferences as well as being very involved in local Earth Day activities and other environmental events annually.  The EPB also sponsors two free environmental education days at the Museum of Science and History; sponsors a county-wide Earth Day Poster Contest for all school children in Duval County; makes presentations to school groups from pre-k through college students and to all types of community organizations and conducts teacher training workshops in the areas of air quality and nonpoint source pollution prevention utilizing environmental curricula from the Air & Waste Management Association. 

If you are interested in a presentation to your school or organization, contact EPB Administrator James Richardson at (904) 255-7213 or via email at jrichard@coj.net.

EPB Sponsored Reports


EPB Sponsored and Supported Activities


The Environmental Protection Board, in partnership with the St. Johns Riverkeeper, annually hosts this festival on the first weekend in February.  This event provides attendees with information about our water resources and how we can protect and preserve them.  The museum is free to the public and there are plenty of exhibits and presentations.  Along with indoor activities, one of the more popular features of the festival are the free guided boat tours of the St. Johns River.
 


Earth Day has been nationally recognized since April 22, 1970.  The Environmental Protection Board has been a major contributor to recognizing the day annually in Jacksonville and participates in the local Earth Day Ecology Fair held each year at the Jacksonville Landing.  
Earth Day Jacksonville Webpage

Earth Day Poster Contest sponsored by the Environmental Protection Board

For more than 20 years, the EPB has sponsored an annual Earth Day Poster Contest.  The contest is open to all students in grades K-12.  Cash prizes are sponsored by the EPB.  

Winners of the 2013 Earth Day Poster Contest

Gallery of 2012 Earth Day Poster Contest Winners  

Gallery of 2013 Earth Day Poster Contest Winners

 


The Environmental Protection Board, in partnership with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, bi-annually hosts this festival on the first weekend in May.  This event provides attendees with information about our air quality and steps residents can take to keep it clean.  The museum is free to the public and there are plenty of exhibits and presentations.  
 
 


 

This is a free family-friendly event focused on celebrating the connections between the arts and the world around us through an interactive museum. While exploring the Museum’s campus, guests will enjoy live music from local musicians, interactive booths and projects from environmentally conscious vendors and the opportunity to watch artists in action as they paint beautiful images using inspiration from the picturesque Cummer Gardens and St. Johns River. 

Participants usually include:
the Cummer Museum’s Education Department, Environmental Protection Board, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Yards & Neighborhoods, Friends of Northeast Florida Community Gardens, Fun 4 First Coast Kids, GastroJax, MOSH, St. Johns Riverkeeper and others.  

The event is traditionally held the first weekend in October.
 

Items of Interest