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.
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:
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.
- 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)
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
Presentation of the 2022 Environmental Acheivement Awards
The 2022 awards will be presented during a luncheon to be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at the Adam W. Herbert University Center on the campus of the University of North Florida.
Advance registration is required and seating will be limited to 150 guests, so you all are encouraged to purchase tickets early.
During the liunchen to be held on November 16th, awards will be presented to the winners listed below.
NAS Jacksonville – for their efforts to maintain, protect and improve environmental resources on the base and in the community
DSWCD – for their leadership in green infrastructure and community stewardship through the establishment of Regeneration Park
NS Mayport – for their efforts to instill a culture of environmental stewardship on the base and in the community
Jacksonville Arboretum and Botanical Gardens – for their nature-based programming and community awareness activities
Ben Moore – for his leadership in numerous sustainability initiatives and in the creation of the North Florida Clean Fuels Coalition
Ashantae Green – for her considerable efforts and advocacy for equity, environmental justice, and resilient communities
No Award This Year
Environmental Award of Merit
Mark Woods – for his considerable journalistic ability to educate residents of Jacksonville about the natural resources, our environment and the challenges they face
JEPB Resilience Champion
Adam Rosenblatt – for his leadership of the Jacksonville Heat Mapping Project – the largest urban heat mapping study ever conducted in the United States
Learn More About Our Major Awards (including 2022 winners)