About the EPB Awards
The Environmental Protection Board (EPB) 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.
EPB Awards for Outstanding Environmental Achievement
Nominations are generally accepted during the April - May timeframe. Winners are presented during the annual environmental symposium, generally held in September.
The EPB Environmental Achievement Awards recognize individuals and organizations in Duval County for superior, creative and innovative efforts in the following categories:
- 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
2019 EPB Outstanding Environmental Achievement Awards
The EPB Awards Subcommittee had an opportunity to review nominations for some outstanding programs and individually. After this review, they decided to present awards in the categories below. Current JEPB members Amy Y. Fu and Tom Deck were on hand to present the awards during the 2019 Environmental Symposium held on the campus of UNF on September 13, 2019.
Government / Institutional Award – Public Private Regional Resiliency (P2R2) Committee
The award was presented for their demonstrated high regard for thier efforts to engage and inform the community residents, local businesses and governments within the Northeast Florida region about sea level rise and resiliency.
Accepting the award are members of the committee along with Margo Moehring of the Northeast Florida Regional Council.
Community / Civic Award – Beaches Go Green
Award is presented for their efforts to spread awareness and education around the issue of waste and its impact on the environment.
Accepting the award is Anne Marie Moquin and supporters.
Community/Civic Award - North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce
Award is being presented for their efforts to enact policies to favor businesses which value the environment and engaging the business community to thinking about sustainability.
Accepting the award is NFGC Executive Director Christina Kelcourse joined by board members and supporters.
Individual Award - Alicia Smith
Award is presented for dedication to clean up efforts in the community which have resulted in significant amounts of trash and debris being removed from Hogan Creek and McCoys Creek and contributing to improving the quality of life for the communities where they are located.
Business - Citi Jacksonville Green Team Steering Committee
Award is presented for efforts of the Green Team Steering Committee to steer human and financial resources of the company to having a positive impact on the environment through changes in employee behavior and improving the community through support of environmental organizations and their activities.
Accepting the award is Brandon Warner joined by other members of the team.
Environmental Award of Merit - Mary Tappouni
In 2015, the JEPB established the Award of Merit which would be given at the board’s discretion. This award is presented in order to recognize and thank environmental professionals or organizations that may have done something of special significance, or had a significant impact.
Mary Tappouni, President of Breaking Ground Contracting, was selected to be honored for long time and significant demonstration, through practice and deed, the pursuit of environmental protection and responsibility and for being a front runner in promoting and executing green construction which brings value to our environment and community.
Mary is joined by Tom Deck - JEPB member, Dr. Lucy Sonnenberg - JEPB Chair, James Richardson - JEPB Administrator and Amy Fu - JEPB member.