"Moving Toward a Clean, Green City"

August 15, 2014  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
UNF Adam W. Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive

Objectives of the Symposium

Too often, community leaders focus on the issues of today, instead of clearly visioning the future. As an aid to seeing the path to the future, the City of Jacksonville’s Environmental Protection Board (EPB) and the University of North Florida Environmental Center were proud to present the 2014 Environmental Symposium: Moving Toward a Clean, Green City. The symposium brought together residents, government agencies, utilities and innovators in a forum designed to foster an atmosphere of cooperation in environmental achievement. In addition to opening, lunch and closing general sessions, there were breakout sessions on six topics of interest.  The symposium program can be viewed here.

Background and Information

This symposium presented a unique opportunity for members of the community to interact with the regulatory agencies responsible for developing and implementing environmental policy. Attendees had an opportunity to better understand environmental goals for our community. The symposium provided valuable opportunities for communication and helped to further the goal of protecting our limited natural resources and improving the quality of life in Northeast Florida.

2013 EPB Environmental Awards

The Environmental Protection Board (EPB) established an awards program in 1975 to honor outstanding environmental accomplishments, in several categories, above the actions required by law. Over the years individuals or organizations have been chosen for the Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award because of their innovation, commitment and expertise.  The awards program also recognizes individuals who have long term commitment to the protection and preservation of the environment with two special awards – the Charles E. Bennett Champion of the Environment Award and the Christi P. Veleta Environmental Award.  The EPB also partners with Duval County Public Schools to recognize faculty and staff that have excelled in the Green Champions Program with the EPB-DCPS Environmental Champion Award. 

The EPB used the setting of the symposium to present awards to the 2014 winners.  A listing of the award winners and pictures may be found here.

Symposium Presentations:

Opening Session: St. Johns River – It’s Health, Economics and Partnership Update
Melissa Long, COJ                          River Accord Annual Status Report

Dr. Radha Pyati, UNF                      State of the River Report
Dr. Lucy Sonnenberg, JU

Dr. Courtney Hackney, UNF         Upcoming River Economics Study 

Morning Sessions

Session A: Sustainability

Host: Sarah Boren, Executive Director - USGBC North Florida Chapter

Carrie-Lynn Black, NF Coordinator - Green Team Project
Sustainability in the Residence

Mark Gelfo, Principal & Director of Sustainability - TLC Engineering for Architecture
Sustainability in the Workplace           

Anna Rabhan, The Organic Adventurer
Sustainable Foods

Session B: Transportation/Alternative Fuels

Host: Alan Mosley, VP Transportation, Energy & Logistics - JAXChamber       

Denise Chaplick, City of Jacksonville Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator
City of Jacksonville Bicycle / Pedestrian Plans

Jeff Sheffield, Executive Director - North Florida TPO
State of LNG, CNG in Jacksonville and the
Clean Fuels Coalition Alternative Fuels Master Plan

Session C: Water Quality
Host: John Flowe, City of Jacksonville Environmental Quality Division - Water Branch Manager        

David Whiting, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (Tallahassee)
FDEP’s Application of Molecular and Chemical Markers of Fecal Source Contamination in Jacksonville, Florida Area Waters Impaired for Fecal Coliforms

Pam Livingston-Way, St. Johns River Water Management District
Tri County Agricultural Area Improvements

Luncheon Keynote 

V. Anne Heard, Acting Deputy Regional Administrator - US EPA Region 4
EPA: Making a Visible Difference in Communities

Afternoon Sessions

Session D: Low Impact Development

Host: Jimmy Orth, Executive Director - St. Johns Riverkeeper

Mark T. Llewellyn, Sr., P.E., President - Genesis

Case Study - Tallahassee Cascades Park
Case Study - Tallahassee Gaines Street Revitalization

Christopher D. Flagg, FASLA, President - FLAGG Design Studio
Unity Plaza Project

John Young, Stormwater Program Manager - NAS Jacksonville
NAS Jacksonville Green Infrastructure Projects

Session E: Environmental Remediation / Planning
Host: Allene Rachal, City of Jacksonville Environmental Quality Division - Petroleum Branch Manager

Diane Pickett, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (Tallahassee)
FDEP Petroleum Cleanup Program Update

Christina Parrish, Groundwork Jacksonville Steering Committee - Chair
Groundwork Jacksonville
Heather Ireland, City of Jacksonville Brownfields Coordinator
Duval County Brownfields Program

Session F: Air Quality
Host: Rick Rachal, Florida Department of Environmental Protection - NE District Office

Justin Green, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (Tallahassee)

FDEP Division of Air Resource Management Update

Matt Willis, Business Development Manager - Wespac Midstream
Wespac Midstream LNG Project

Closing Session: Tactical Urbanism
Host:  Aaron Glick, City of Jacksonville Planning & Development Department

Mike Field, transForm jax
Tactical Urbanism