Posters from 2016

Citizen Science

Year: 2016

Student: Kim Daly-Crews

Community Partner: UNF Institute of Environmental Research and Education, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Citizen science is science performed by novel or amateur scientists. Individuals, or groups, collect data and some submit them to online databases. The data are then analyzed by one or more professional scientists. There are many types of citizen science programs, some involve getting outside and connecting with nature and others can be done online from the comfort of your couch. Citizen Science can be a valuable tool for large scale data collection. It can help scientists track changes in things such as global weather patters or animal migrations, as well as water quality or bird populations in a community. The University of North Florida (UNF) Environmental Center and the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens have teamed up to spread the word about citizen science. We […]

Garbage on the Green: an Annual Waste Audit

Year: 2016

Student: Caitlin Kengle

Community Partner: UNF Institute of Environmental Research and Education

Since its inauguration, the University of North Florida (UNF) Environmental Center has focused on promoting and increasing sustainability. In 2007 the Environmental Center began an annual waste-auditing program called Garbage on the Green to gauge the campus waste stream. The data obtained from the program are used to educate students, faculty, staff, and community members and provide empirical evidence for recommendations to improve campus sustainability. This project summarizes the results from the ninth annual waste audit, which took place Thursday, October 22, 2015. The waste audit analyzed a 24-hour waste stream that was collected from four locations on campus: two academic buildings and two outdoor courtyards. More than 100 volunteers helped sort, categorize and weigh the collected waste. The data from the waste audit were […]

Sawmill Slough Preserve

Year: 2016

Student: Matt Groth

Community Partner: UNF Institute of Environmental Research and Education, UNF Sawmill Slough Preserve

TreeRx-Prescribing Urban Trees for Community Health

Year: 2016

Student: Madison Masters, Daniel Norez, Kelly Rhoden

Community Partner: North Florida Land Trust, Groundwork Jacksonville, Greenscape

There are many positive benefits to trees in an urban environment. Not only do trees contribute to cleaning our air and water, planting trees can promote public health, save energy, and reduce crime rates. The central research question of this project is what trees can be planted in the urban environment to help improve community issues. By creating an urban forestry plan, we are able to determine the “right tree for the right place.” An undergraduate anthropology student is utilizing ArcGIS software to create multiple maps to assess the many known benefits of trees and develop a planting strategy for the Historic Springfield and Eastside neighborhood in Jacksonville, FL. Two undergraduate public health students are researching past studies and health-based databases in order to find […]