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About the JEPB Awards Program

The Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board (JEPB) 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.  In 2013 the JEPB began a partnership with Duval County Public Schools to celebrate and recognize leaders in the DCPS Green Champions Program.  A joint award is given along with a stipend for use at the school of the chosen recipient of the award.

Nomination Period for the 2021 JEPB Awards 

The nomination period for the 2021 JEPB Awards will be open from July 1, 2021 through August 13, 2021.  Information about the Annual Environmental Excellence awards can be found below, as well as links to the major awards presented annually.  The nomination packet contains information and criteria which will be used to identify this year's winners.  

Winners will be announced at the 2021 Environmental Symposium to be held on October 15th, and will be presented at a later event to be held in November 2021.

Click here for the 2021 Nomination Information.
Click here for the 2021 Nomination Cover Sheet.

JEPB Awards for Outstanding Environmental Achievement

The EPB Environmental Achievement Awards recognize individuals and organizations in Duval County for superior, creative and innovative efforts in the following categories:

  • Individual
  • Government / Institutional  (public sector or educational institution)
  • Community / Civic  (nonprofits, social or civic groups, neighborhood assoc., etc.)
  • Business  (more than 50 employees and/or annual sales of more than $5 million)
  • Small Business  (fewer than 50 employees and/or annual sales of $5 million or less)
As population continues to increase and resources continue to be consumed, innovation will be the foothold to environmental sustainability.  Over the years, previous winners of the awards have created many innovative solutions to what were previously pollution problems.  

Some past accomplishments include:

  • Turning a sewage treatment facility property into a bird sanctuary
  • Taking waste water and, through land application, producing sod for commercial sale while diverting over a million gallons of waste water from the municipal sewage treatment plant nearby
  • Establishing a unique way of educating young students regarding water conservation by initiating a play which grew to reach all the public elementary schools in Jacksonville
  • Taking steps to control beach erosion through the recycling of Christmas trees
  • Individuals taking note of their surroundings to report suspicious environmental activities which resulted in the arrest of an individual for illegal dumping of pesticides
  • planting trees at DCPS schools and a major reforestation project where 6,000+ trees have been planted at the Cecil Commerce Center

Learn More About Our Major Awards

Charles E. Bennett Award

Christi P. Veleta Environmental Award

EPB - DCPS Environmental Champion Award