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2022 JEPB-UNF Environmental Symposium

"Innovative Solutions for a Resilient, Sustainable and Equitable Community"

We are excited to announce that this highly anticipated event will be held October 14, 2022.  We are working on details to share as soon as we can.  For now, we hope that you will save the date and make plans to join us.

The event will be an in-person event as in the past.  Our planning team is busy at work organizing what will be another informative day filled with interesting sessions and time for networking.  We hope that you will be able to join us!

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 (JEPB) and the University of North Florida Institute of Environmental Research and Education annually present the Environmental Symposium.  The symposium brings 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 are breakout sessions on topics of interest.

Background and Information

Each year the symposium presents a unique opportunity for members of the community to interact with the regulatory agencies responsible for developing and implementing environmental policy. Attendees have an opportunity to better understand environmental goals for our community. The symposium provides valuable opportunities for communication and helps to further the goal of protecting our limited natural resources and improving the quality of life in Northeast Florida.

tentative as of 05/05/2022 

Here is what we are planning for the symposium so far.  We will release more details as they are confirmed.
Session ID Time Frame Session Topic Session Description Session Speakers
Opening 8:45 - 10:15 am State of the River and Morning Keynote The release of the SORR to be followed by a morning keynote.  COJ CRO Anne Coglianese will serve as morning keynote. David Wood - JEPB Chair
Dr. Gerry Pinto - JU
Anne Coglianese - Jacksonville CRO
A 10:30 - 11:45 am Mapping Vulnerability Data Information on the Vulnerability Assessment for the City of Jacksonville being conducted by CDM Smith and the Risk & Vulnerability Tool being developed by Fernleaf.  
B 10:30 - 11:45 am Green Infrastructure and Innovative Solutions Learn about some innovative approaches to stormwater, shorelines and housing. Dr. Christina Angelini - UF
Dr, Eban Bean - UF
C 10:30 - 11:45 am Creek Restoration A sharing of insights and updates from the plans to restore McCoys Creek and Hogans Creek.  
D 10:30 - 11:45 am Innovation and Resiliency: How Smart North Florida Leverages Technology to Solve Pressing Problem Statements    
Luncheon 12 - 1:15 pm Symposium Keynote Address    
E 1:30 - 2:15 pm Turning Down the Heat in Jacksonville A discussion about Jacksonville's new heat map and ideas for how to limit heat stress now and in the future. Dr. Adam Rosenblatt - UNF
F 1:30 - 2:15 pm Youth Initiatives and Environmental Education post COVID  -  Part 1 Hear about the significant roles youth are playing in several Jacksonville resiliency-related projects along with some innovative approaches to environmental education. Dr. Kelly Smith Hunter Mathews Oscar Psychas (Green Team) Jamie Lynn Lankenau
Matt Day
Alex Hopf
Emily Blum
G 1:30 - 2:15 pm Addressing Air Quality in Urban Areas of Jacksonville The Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board enlisted Envirosuite to provide intelligence on odors that have been plaguing urban areas of the city. See a demonstration of the system and a discussion of how the information will be used. Also hear about how citizen scientists can co-locate air monitoring sensors with existing regulatory monitors at one of the local air monitoring sites. Michael Williams, P.E
EQD Air Branch
H 1:30 - 2:15 pm Water Quality  -  SB64 Reuse Plan for Utilities Discussion will center around how area utilites are addressing the requirements of legislation recently passed by the Florida Legislature. Clay County Utilities
City of Jacksonville Beach
I 2:30 - 3:15 pm Climate Driven Displacement Insights from a report focused on the climate gentrification effects that SLR might have on Florida. Part of the study specifically focused attention on Jacksonville with insights obtained from elected officials, local government staff, and community stakeholders. Dr. Will Butler - FSU
Tisha Holmes - FSU
Sean Lahav - Halff Assoc.
J 2:30 - 3:15 pm Partners in Preservation Public and private partnerships have been critical for establishing and maintaining an extensive preservation park system and other conservation areas throughout Jacksonville; these partnerships will be the focus of this session.  
K 2:30 - 3:15 pm Youth Initiatives and Environmental Education post COVID  -  Part 2 Students will share the experiences, significance and impact of their active engagement in local resiliency projects and their leadership roles in environmental education. Dr. Kelly Smith Hunter Mathews Oscar Psychas (Green Team) Jamie Lynn Lankenau
Matt Day
And Select Youth
L 2:30 - 3:15 pm Regional Resilience and Water Planning    
Closing 3:30 - 4:30 pm Intersectional Environmentalism - Environmental Health, Environmental Justice Interactive panel and discussion around the relationship of environmental health in vulnerable communities  

Past Symposium Information and Proceedings