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2022 JEPB-UNF Environmental Symposium

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

Symposium sold out
Due to overwhleming demand, we have reached the capacity for this year's event.  At the conclusion of the event, we will post pdfs of any presentations made. 
Mark your calendars now to join us on October 13, 2023!


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.

2022 Exhibitors
We have a great group of exhibitors this year!


tentative as of 08/31/2022 

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.  Jessica Beach, P.E. - City of St. Augustine Chief Resilince Officer will serve as morning keynote. David Wood - JEPB Chair
Dr. Gerry Pinto - JU
Jessica Beach - St. Augustine CRO
A 10:30 - 11:45 am Mapping Vulnerability Data Information on the Vulnerability Assessment, The Resilience Strategy,  and the Risk & Vulnerability Tool being developed for the City of Jacksonville. Lauren Miller - CDM Smith
Colleen McHugh - The Water Institute of the Gulf
Aashka Patel - Fernleaf
B 10:30 - 11:45 am Green Infrastructure and Innovative Solutions Learn about some innovative approaches to stormwater, shorelines and housing.    Fara Ilami - NFRC
Dr. Joe Morton- UF
Dr. Eban Bean - UF
Sarah Boren - USGBC Florida
C 10:30 - 11:45 am Restoring Creeks in Urban Neighborhoods Until now, most people would associate McCoys Creek with impossibly flooded roads and frustrated residents. Although perhaps not as severe, residents and businesses along Hogans Creek have experienced flooding at times as well. Hear how teams from Wood and Halff Associates are working with Groundwork Jacksonville to restore the creeks in ways that will reduce the capacity for flooding, provide for sidewalks, green space and new landscapes along portions of the Emerald Trail. Kay Ehas - Groundwork Jax
Nikita Reed - COJ Pub Wrks
Guillermo Simon - Halff Assoc.
Rebecca Vanderbeck - Wood
D 10:30 - 11:45 am Innovation and Resilience: How Smart North Florida Leverages Technology to Solve Pressing Problem Statements Innovative technologies are playing a part in developing solutions to current issues facing municipal governments and the private sector. Hear some of the good things being planned or implemented. Clayton Levins - SMART North Florida
Colin Moore - City of Neptune Beach
Erin Rothman - StormSensor 
Luncheon 12 - 1:15 pm Symposium Keynote Address City of Jacksonville
Chief Resilience Officer
Anne Coglianese
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 
Todd Little - COJ Urban Forestry
F 1:30 - 2:15 pm Balancing the Scales:  Hnads-on Initiatives in a Changing Environment  -  Part 1 Hear about the significant roles youth are playing in several Jacksonville resilience-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 The Wastewater Story - Past, Present and Future A discussion of changes in wastewater treatment over the years by area utilities and how area utilites are addressing the requirements of legislation recently passed by the Florida Legislature. Melissa Long - COJ-EQD
Jeremy Johnston -Clay County Utilities
Dennis Barron - 
City of Jacksonville Beach
Tom Bartol - JEA
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. Dr. Jennifer Hinton - JaxParks
Mark Middlebrook - Timucuan Parks Foundation Steven Kidd - National Park Service
K 2:30 - 3:15 pm Balancing the Scales:  Hnads-on Initiatives in a Changing Environment   -  Part 2 Students will share the experiences, significance and impact of their active engagement in local resilience 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 The objective of this panel discussion is to explore different dimensions of regional resilience planning that have evolved in Northeast Florida over the past several years. Audience members will learn about efforts being facilitated by the Northeast Florida Regional Council, St. Johns River Water Management District, North Florida TPO, and Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Panelists will provide insights into recent regional resilience efforts and how the objectives of these efforts are promoting community resilience goals across the region and beyond. Beth Payne - NFRC
Tom Frick - SJRWMD
Jeff Sheffiled - NFTPO
Kip Webber - USACOE   Shayne Wood - CDM Smith
Vince Seibold - SWIG LLC
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 Dr. Paula Holanchock - Flagler College Ashantae Green - DSWCD
Dr. Josh Gellers - UNF

Past Symposium Information and Proceedings