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About the Award

Christi Veleta was one of the City of Jacksonville’s most devoted employees for over 30 years. During her tenure she displayed the highest levels of professionalism in her work with the Environmental Protection Board. A common thread throughout her career was a passionate focus on a better quality of life for all the residents of Duval County through environmental education, awareness, and action. She provided unparalleled community service and continuously displayed outstanding initiative. 

The Environmental Protection Board established the Christi P. Veleta Environmental Award in recognition of her more than two decades of meritorious service to the people of Duval County, commitment to environmental issues and her devoted protection and preservation of our natural resources. The award recognizes an individual who has exhibited, over a long-term, environmental stewardship, displayed superior environmental initiative, and consistently promotes environmental education and outreach.

Past Winners include:

2010 - Christi P. Veleta
2011 - Mark Middlebrook
2012 - Kevin Songer
2013 - Ron Littlepage
2014 - Dr. Quinton White
2015 - Felicia Boyd
2016 - Lucy Cortese
2017 - Sarah Boren
2018 - Jimmy Orth
2019 - Mark Mummaw

Winner Of The 2021 Christi P. Veleta Award Announced!


The 2021 award will be presented to Anna Dooley at the JEPB Awards Luncheon on November 17, 2021.

Recently retired as the Executive Director of Greenscape of Jacksonviille, Anna personally organized literally hundreds of tree plantings throughout the county, resulting in scores of trees being planted yearly.
Anna Dooley is being recognized for her longtime efforts to promote and protect Jacksonville’s verdant tree canopy and to creatively educate families and children on the vital role trees play in insuring a healthy environment.