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City of Jacksonville Announces Recycling Sites

Recycling drop-off sites include:

  • Blue Cypress Regional Park  4112 University Blvd. N. – 32277
  • William F. Sheffield Regional Park – 3659 New Berlin Rd. – 32226
  • Girvin Road Landfill – 515 Girvin Rd. – 32225
  • Southside Estates Elementary Park – 9775 Ivey Rd. – 32246
  • Earl Johnson Memorial Park – 5308 St. Augustine Rd. – 32207
  • Palmetto Leaves Regional Park  5760 Greenland Rd. – 32257
  • A. Philip Randolph Heritage Park – 1096 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. – 32206
  • Dinsmore Playground Park  10632 Old Kings Rd. – 32219
  • Hammond Park – 2142 Melson Ave. – 32254
  • Mary Lena Gibbs Community Center – 6974 Wilson Blvd. – 32210
  • Fort Family Regional Park – 8000 Baymeadows Rd. E. – 32256
  • Normandy Park – 1728 Lindsey Rd. – 32221
  • Castaway Island Preserve – 2885 San Pablo Rd. S. – 32225
  • Riverside Park – 753 Park St. – 32204

North Florida Green Chamber Announces its First Membership Drive

By Isabella Wiedecke, Green Chamber Communications Intern

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (September 10, 2021) – The Green Chamber will be reaching out to businesses in North Florida for its “Most Wanted List” of potential and renewing members to spread awareness and recruit businesses to the Green Chamber’s growing community.

Businesses who join will be eligible for a prize raffle and Green Chamber member benefits including the Buyers’ Club, Sustainability Coach, and the online Green Marketplace. Thanks to our Membership Drive sponsors FreshJax, One Ocean, BeCreative, Business Results, IKEA, Bee Friends Farms, Jacksonville Zoo, Eco Marketplace and Edible.

The Green Chamber is a business networking group that makes being green easy by creating tools and innovative programs that bring its community together. Members gain access to free sustainability coaches and resources who help members implement sustainable business practices.

Members get global, national, and local discounts by being part of the Green Marketplace, an online directory where environmentally responsible products and services can be easily found. Green Chamber members also gain access to networking, Webinars, a member newsletter, marketing opportunities, member spotlights and energy coaches.

The Membership Drive will be hosted by FreshJax, making this event their very first to host. The event will take place for three days, starting on Sept 21, 2021.

New members that join during the event are put into a raffle for a prize that will be given each of the three days. Raffle items include eco-friendly gear, professional headshots, teambuilding consultations, tickets, gift cards, and more.

Join in on the Membership Drive to be introduced to a green growing community that is full of benefits to secure a greener, more caring, and brighter future for everyone. Learn more at www.northfloridagreenchamber.org.

About The North Florida Green Chamber
The Green Chamber is a regional networking organization for all sizes of businesses and community organizations including non-profits that emphasize green and sustainable business practices.
The Green Chamber has ongoing networking and educational events and benefits including the Tuesdays@2 virtual meetings, a Buyers’ Club, Sustainability Coaches, the Solar Collective, job fairs, newsletter as well as sponsorship opportunities, discounts, awards, and a mentoring program. To learn more email contact@northfloridagreenchamber.org, call (904) 878-3474 or visit www.NorthFloridaGreenChamber.org.

Green Chamber Member FreshJax is Commited to Reducing Their Carbon Footprint

By ALEX BOYD, Green Chamber Communications Intern

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (September 10, 2021) – The North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce, making it cool and convenient to be green, has announced that FreshJax has joined the Green Chamber.

FreshJax is a family owned company that started here in Jacksonville back in 2011. After Jason and Hillary McDonald vowed to live a healthier life they began producing their own handcrafted, organic spice blends. A year of selling their product at farmers markets gave them the opportunity to expand and grow. FreshJax has also made steps to become a more sustainable business by using recycled gift wrapping, product/shipping packaging, and air-drying reusable bottles rather than using an electric dryer. They are located at 9000 Cypress Green Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32256 right after the 95 Exit.

The Green Chamber is a regional networking organization for all sizes of businesses and community organizations including non-profits that emphasize green and sustainable business practices or would like to become more sustainable.

The Green Chamber has ongoing networking and educational events and benefits including the Tuesdays@2 monthly virtual meetings, a Buyers’ Club, Sustainability Coaches, the Solar Collective, job fairs, newsletter as well as sponsorship opportunities, discounts, awards, a mentoring program, and student chapter.

More information on FreshJax can be found in the Green Marketplace at www.NorthFloridaGreenChamber.org.

ABOUT THE NORTH FLORIDA GREEN CHAMBER COMMERCE
Welcome to The North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce (NFGCC) where being green is cool and convenient! Today, more businesses than ever understand how critical it is to grow in ways that are sustainable financially, but also socially and environmentally. NFGCC is a 501(c)6 non-profit member organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. and established in 2018 to advance sustainable business in Northeast Florida through networking, education, and advocacy. NFGCC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and is a member of the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce.

North Florida Green Chamber Announces Recipients of 2021 Water Quality and Resource Awards

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (August 16, 2021) – Blue Leaf Landscaping, Ecologel Solutions, and the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) have been named recipients of the 2021 Water Quality and Resource Awards by the North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce (NFGCC).

The Green Chamber, making it cool and convenient to be green, presents the annual awards in four categories in recognition of August as National Water Quality Month.

The awards recognize examples of water quality improvement and conservation that best demonstrates significant, lasting, and measurable excellence in water quality improvement or in prevention of water quality degradation by Green Chamber members and other businesses in North Florida in four categories.

Creative Landscape Award: Blue Leaf Landscape
Landscape architecture design for residential, commercial, industrial and government projects. Certified and proficient in sustainable practices and alternatives.

Conservation and Water Reuse Award: Ecologel Solutions, LLC
A developer and manufacturer of innovative products for water conservation, plant nutrition, pond and lake management, anti-fungal coatings and more.

Stormwater Management Award and Wetland Protections Award: Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC)
Founded in 2000, FGBC is the leading certifier of green residential and commercial projects, and developments and local governments in Florida.

The green chamber is a regional networking organization for all sizes of businesses and community organizations including non-profits that emphasize green and sustainable business practices. The award is being created in cooperation with St. Johns Riverkeepers, and the St. Johns River Water Management District.

The North Florida chapter has ongoing networking and educational events and benefits including the Tuesdays@2 monthly virtual meetings, a Buyers’ Club, Sustainability Coaches, the Solar Collective, job fairs, newsletter as well as sponsorship opportunities, discounts, awards, and a mentoring program.

To learn more email contact@northfloridagreenchamber.org, call (904) 878-3474 or visit www.NorthFloridaGreenChamber.org.

Deadline Extended for Green Chamber Nominations for 2021 Water Quality & Resource Awards

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (July 19, 2021) – The North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce (NFGCC), making it cool and convenient to go green, is recognizing August as National Water Quality Month.

To focus on an important natural resource, we usually take for granted, the Green Chamber is accepting nominations for the 2021 Green Chamber Water Quality & Resource Awards. Deadline is July 27.

The awards will recognize examples of water quality improvement and conservation that best demonstrates significant, lasting, and measurable excellence in water quality improvement or in prevention of water quality degradation by Green Chamber members and other businesses in North Florida in four categories.

Creative Landscape Award

Successful candidate uses engineering design principals of Low Impact Development to reduce or eliminate flow of stormwater and potential contaminants carried with it from the property to receiving waters or that uses natural systems to manage stormwater and contaminants. Living shorelines, xeriscaping and concepts included in the minimal impact design manual are good examples as well as other efforts to use existing natural landscape or restoring landscape to provide water quality improvement and wildlife habitat.

Conservation and Water Reuse Award

Successful candidate successfully demonstrates sustainability through reduction of consumption and reuse of resources. Examples include water conservation through low flow facilities and water reuse from converting wastewater or stormwater into water that can be reused for other purposes. Types of reuses include urban reuse, agricultural reuse (irrigation), environmental reuse, industrial reuse. Reuse may include irrigation of gardens and agricultural fields. Reused water may also be directed toward fulfilling certain needs in residences (e.g., toilet flushing), businesses, and industry. Creative reductions in energy use and resource recycling are included.

Stormwater Management Award

Successful candidate demonstrates creative and beneficial stormwater management activities in their Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans, either on behalf of their own facility or their client’s, by keeping potential contaminants from stormwater exposure at covered industrial sites or optimizing erosion and sedimentation controls at construction sites.

Wetland Protections Award

Candidate demonstrates successful efforts in protecting and enhancing wetlands through project design that avoids impacts to wetlands, including secondary impacts, enhancing wetlands through exotic species removal and hydrologic restoration or other efforts that preserve and expand wetland functions.

What are you doing to protect and conserve sources of freshwater? Let the Green Chamber know so they can acknowledge you during National Water Quality Month or nominate someone. Deadline is July 18. Winners will be announced in August.

The green chamber is a regional networking organization for all sizes of businesses and community organizations including non-profits that emphasize green and sustainable business practices. The award is being created in cooperation with St. Johns Riverkeepers, the Florida Green Building Coalition and the St. Johns River Water Management District.

The Green Chamber Water Quality & Resource Award will recognize examples of water quality improvement and conservation that best demonstrates significant, lasting, and measurable excellence in water quality improvement or in prevention of water quality degradation by Green Chamber members in North Florida.

Enter or nominate someone today.

The North Florida chapter has ongoing networking and educational events and benefits including the Tuesdays@2 monthly virtual meetings, a Buyers’ Club, Sustainability Coaches, the Solar Collective, job fairs, newsletter as well as sponsorship opportunities, discounts, awards, and a mentoring program.

To learn more email contact@northfloridagreenchamber.org, call (904) 878-3474 or visit www.NorthFloridaGreenChamber.org.

JEA Fortifies Commitment to Sustainability by Becoming a Corporate Sponsor of the Green Chamber

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.  (June 9, 2021) — The North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce, making it cool and convenient to go green, today announced that JEA has become a corporate sponsor.

The Green Chamber and JEA will partner on outreach programs to communicate to consumers and business owners the value of environmental stewardship as partners in the community. Topics will include energy, water and environmental conservation and utility safety.

“We are excited that JEA is supporting our mission with their leadership role in sustainable business practices,” said Christina W. Kelcourse, executive director. “JEA continues to promote many levels of water conservation. They also evaluate opportunities to expand renewable energy programs by utilizing energy resources including solar, photovoltaic, biomass, landfill gas and wind.”

JEA understands how critical it is to grow in ways that are sustainable financially, but also socially and environmentally. They are committed to striking a balance between sustainability and providing reliable, affordable utility services. Ensuring that our environment is protected and preserved is at the very core of their business, added Kelcourse.

The Green Chamber is a regional networking organization for all sizes of businesses, non-profits and community organizations that emphasize green and sustainable business practices that are economically viable, socially responsible, and environmentally friendly.

In addition to promoting the economic success of Green Chamber members using environmental, socially responsible, and sustainable practices, the North Florida chapter offers mentoring opportunities, educational and social events, job fairs, the Green Marketplace, a Sustainability Coaches program, a Solar Collective, a Buyers’ Club (volume purchasing program), a newsletter and dedicated social media platforms.

To learn more email contact@northfloridagreenchamber.org, call (904) 878-3474 or visit www.NorthFloridaGreenChamber.org.

ABOUT THE NORTH FLORIDA GREEN CHAMBER COMMERCE

Welcome to The North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce (NFGCC) where being green is cool and convenient!  Today, more businesses than ever understand how critical it is to grow in ways that are sustainable financially, but also socially and environmentally. NFGCC is a 501(c)6 non-profit member organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. and established in 2018 to advance sustainable business in Northeast Florida through networking, education, and advocacy. NFGCC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and is a member of the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Mike Bonts Public Relations

(904) 424-6641

mike@bontspr.com

North Florida Green Chamber Announces Additions to 2021 Board

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (June 7, 2021) – The North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce (NFGCC), making it cool and convenient to go green, has announced additions to its 2021 Board of Directors.

Paula Holanchock is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Social Entrepreneurship Program Director at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla.; Dolly Penland is President & CEO of Business Results; Dr. Simmie Raiford, Executive Director of the Schultz Center for Teaching and Leadership and Joe Sampson, Founder, Nuera Marketing.

They join Chairman Mary Tappouni, Breaking Ground Contracting; Secretary Kelly Karstaedt, Executive Director of the Jacksonville Justice Association; Treasurer Jessica Handley, Tax Manager at BDO; Craig Barzso, co-founder of AltWays and Paul Sifton, a partner in Bee Friends Farm and co-owner of 927 Events.

“The additional leadership on the Green Chamber’s board of directors has strong representation across sectors from our business community,” said Christina Kelcourse, NFGCC Executive Director. “They will help shape the Green Chamber’s mission and programs. We could not fulfill our purpose without their commitment and expertise.”

Holanchock encourages socially and environmentally conscious entrepreneurs and business leaders to consider a circular economic approach that embraces the triple bottom line.  She inspires compassionate and conscious leaders to create prosperous and inclusive ‘life economies’ through spiritual decision-making, embodying conscious leadership for systems change, regeneration, and organizational renewal.

Penland works with organizations helping them to hire and manage their talent to their highest potential. She specializes in multiple areas including helping businesses grow sales, reduce turnover, and develop leaders. Dolly helps companies achieve their strategic objectives by employing expert consulting, a wide range of leadership training, and a suite of human capital assessments.

Sampson is passionate about helping people and organizations reach their potential, starting companies and growing others. Through the organization’s first two years, Joe led One Spark as executive director and COO to become a top-20 event—by attendance—in the United States while expanding to Germany and launching a training academy for entrepreneurs and creatives.

Raiford has over 35 years’ experience as an educator at the elementary school, district, and state level. Leadership experience includes work as a principal of a gifted magnet elementary school, and district director of staff development and served as a district-level instructional coach for first-year teachers. State level experience includes working as an educational policy analyst for the Florida Legislature.

The green chamber is a regional networking organization for all sizes of businesses and community organizations that are committed to green and sustainable business practices and support the growing Green Marketplace.

The North Florida chapter has ongoing networking and educational events and benefits including the Tuesdays@2 monthly virtual meetings, a Buyers’ Club, Sustainability Coaches, the Solar Collective, job fairs, newsletter as well as sponsorship opportunities, discounts, awards, and a mentoring program.

To learn more email contact@northfloridagreenchamber.org, call (904) 878-3474 or visit www.NorthFloridaGreenChamber.org.

ABOUT THE NORTH FLORIDA GREEN CHAMBER COMMERCE

Welcome to The North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce (NFGCC) where being green is cool and convenient!  Today, more businesses than ever understand how critical it is to grow in ways that are sustainable financially, but also socially and environmentally. NFGCC is a 501(c)6 non-profit member organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. and established in 2018 to advance sustainable business in Northeast Florida through networking, education, and advocacy. NFGCC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and a member of the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Mike Bonts Public Relations

(904) 424-6641

mike@bontspr.com

Position Statement from the North Florida Green Chamber Policy Committee

Support of the Proposed Local Option Gas Tax

City of Jacksonville Ordinance 2021-0223 Local Gas Tax Option and Ordinance 2021-0235 Septic Tanks

The North Florida Green Chamber’s Policy Committee recommends the Jacksonville City Council approve the proposed local option gas tax, Jobs for Jax, to fund critically important infrastructure and quality of life priorities. 

In addition to fulfilling the promises of consolidation, we look forward to seeing these efforts incentivize and expedite the transition to efficient fuel sources, resilient infrastructure, and to spur more public-private partnerships that will create a truly resilient region.  

JTA’s zero emission vehicles, the Ferry, and other important transportation initiatives, like the U2C expansion and future investment in rail and transit-oriented development, are an important way to address current transportation needs while addressing climate action in our region. 

“Investment that values all of our neighborhoods and support of JTA’s transportation initiatives, both short and long-term, are vital to a vision of a more sustainable Jacksonville,” said Christina Kelcourse, Executive Director. 

We also fully support and commend the Curry Administration for addressing septic tank removal. 

The Green Chamber Policy Committee looks forward to continuing to engage with the Curry Administration, city agencies and the Jacksonville City Council members on this and other topics of key importance to Jacksonville.

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About the Green Chamber

Welcome to The North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce (NFGCC) where being green is cool and convenient!  Today, more businesses than ever understand how critical it is to grow in ways that are sustainable financially, but also socially and environmentally. NFGCC is a 501(c)6 non-profit member organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. and established in 2018 to advance sustainable business in Northeast Florida through networking, education, and advocacy. NFGCC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and is a member of the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce. Visit www.northfloridagreenchamber.org.

Member Profile: Becky Russo of BecCreative

How did you get into this business? 
A happy accident. During the fall of my freshman year, I took prequestic classes for computer programming and early education.  I wasn’t sure of my major yet, but it was in my art elective someone told me about graphic design. The next semester, I took GD1 and was hooked. 

Describe a time you collaborated cross-functionally on a design project?
When FSCJ was transitioning into Florida State College of Jacksonville. I worked with a team of people that were in education, government, public relations, and administration to create a new brand. Along with the messaging to introduce their new position within the world of higher education.  

How do you stay abreast of the latest design trends?
Being aware of my surroundings. I constantly survey the world around me. Design is everywhere, even the cereal box in the grocery store. I notice trends online and find creative ways to utilize them into my own work.  

Are there key metrics you use to track your design’s success?
For most projects, I rely on feedback from my clients. Was their campaign successful, did they reach their goals and make adjustments from there. 

Tell us about the best design project from your portfolio.
My favorite projects are always the ones where I get to create a new brand. For example, I love seeing my Florida Elite Soccer logo all over town. 

If you didn’t work in the marketing world, what would you be doing?
I’m not 100% sure, but I wish I would have taken the summers in college to be a white water rafting guide in North Carolina. 

Becky Russo is president of Jacksonville, Fla. -baded BecCreative. She helps brands and businesses reach their full marketing potential by providing the branding, creative, content and digital marketing expertise to show what makes them unique. Contact Becky.

Green Chamber Member Zero Waste Finding Niche in Market

North Florida Green Chamber member Zero Waste Disposal & Recycling uses environmentally compatible systems and solutions for non-hazardous waste handling.

They have been in business for three years and made an early commitment to promote sustainable business by joining the Green Chamber.

“It’s important to us personally and professionally to do what we can to be environmentally conscious,” said Zero Waste Vice President Jean David Charles. A locally minority and woman-owned business, La Fashion Charles is the CEO and Jose L. Bosque is the managing director.

Charles and his team have seen an uptick in business. Zero Waste recently installed a new submersible, well pump system for Saddle Brook water plant to assure residents have clean drinking water.

Other services include grease trap disposal, liquid waste disposal, and zero waste recycling and used cooking oil recycling. Charles puts that waste to work by creating energy, fertilizer and other environmentally safe solutions and products.

“Our goal is to protect our sewers, environment, and waterways, all while creating sustainable products with the waste. This takes reliable and safe equipment and processes to collect and recycle waste ethically and in an environmentally friendly manner,” added Charles.

Zero Waste’s practices are, in compliance with Florida’s bylaws and support the ecosystem and renewable resources for sustainability.

Learn more at https://zero-waste-disposal.com/

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