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Meet Noah DeNeo: Chairman, North Florida Green Chamber Student Advisory Council

How did you get interested in the Student Advisoy Council (SAC)?

I got interested in the SAC through a friend of mine who was in it. I called her one day just to catch up, say hi and see if they were available to meet in person. Amidst the conversation, the SAC came up and the soon to be empty spot of Chair came up. I asked about the SAC and what they did. After hearing all about it, I thought to myself, I support this and can lead it. From there I applied and got offered the position as chair.

What are some of the goals of the SAC?

The goals of the SAC for this semester are as follows. We are looking to build the board and expand by incorporation of more members. We are always looking for eager individuals to join. We are hosting a Sustainability Networking Panel with some UNF professors who will be speaking about their careers and different opportunities in the field. Along with chances to ask questions and talk to the professors. Lastly, we are aiming towards the future of trying to get UNF to transfer to a more sustainable and recyclable silver and flatware for the entire university. It is a bold ambition, but with the right time and team, it can get done!

Is the SAC open to anyone enrolled in a college or university?

It is open to those in a college and university! We are even willing to look at those about to join the university system and graduate. High school seniors are welcome to come and talk with us about joining.

How important is it or students t get involved in the Green Chamber movement?

I believe it is very important. It is a good base structure for a career or a change in your life that promotes sustainable practices. It can give great insight and potentially large outreach to being making a difference in the field or community you are a part in. Even if you do not join the SAC, NFGCC is a great group and community to associate and believe in.

What is your major and career plans?

I am majoring in Coastal and Marine Biology with two minors in Leadership and International Business. I hope to find a career that lets me combine those three things as they are passions in my life. I am currently looking towards graduate school at the University of North Florida and the University of Rhode Island.

University and college students throughout Florida are invited to learn more and join the North Florida Green Chamber Student Advisoty Council.

COJ Announces Adaptation Action Area Public Engagement Workshops

The City of Jacksonville Planning and Development Department is hosting Public Engagement Workshops related to sea-level rise and coastal flooding.

The goal of these Workshops is to increase awareness of neighborhood vulnerability to sea-level rise and coastal flooding and to gather input on the community’s priorities for flooding mitigation.

  • Greater Arlington/Beaches: Wednesday, February 17, noon-2 p.m.
  • Southeast: Friday, February 19, noon-2 p.m.
  • Urban Core: Monday, February 22, 4-6 p.m.
  • Southwest: Wednesday, February 24, 10 a.m.-noon
  • North: Friday, February 26, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Northwest: Monday, March 1, 6-8 p.m.

Zoom link for all Workshops:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7646409733
Meeting ID: 764 640 9733

If you have an interest in Social Vulnerability, please try to attend the Urban Core Workshop. If
you have an interest in Historic Resources, please try to attend the Northwest Workshop.
Email communityplanning@coj.net to send comments or feedback.

For more information, please call the Planning and Development Department at 255-7888

North Florida Green Chamber Announces Holiday Gift Guide

The North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce, making it cool and convenient to go green, has published a Holiday Gift Guide to support local businesses this holiday season.

Download the 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

From stocking stuffers to unforgettable experiences, Green Chamber members are offering the perfect gifts for loved ones near and far during the most magical time of the year.

The pandemic can make shopping at local businesses difficult this year. So, the Green Chamber is here to help. The Holiday Gift Guide and Green Marketplace is an easy way to buy gifts at any price point during the 2020 holiday season.

The guide is also a great resource for discovering more about each member and their work, their leaders, products, and services.

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.

In addition to promoting the economic success of NFGCC members by offering environmental, socially responsible, and sustainable products and services, the North Florida chapter has ongoing events, green job fairs, a Buyer’s Club, Solar Collective, Sustainable Coach, newsletter, as well as sponsorship opportunities, discounts, and a mentoring program.

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

Giving Tuesday: Together We Can Transform The Way America Does Business!

Tuesday, Dec. 1 is Giving Tuesday. The North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce (NFGCC) knows that business can achieve economic success while being socially responsible and protecting the environment. We support and recognize businesses that champion these efforts and help those who want to become more sustainable. We advocate for sound policies that further these values.

In addition to advocacy NFGCC offers:

Access to education, toolkits, resources and sustainable products & services
Recognition of sustainability efforts and leadership
Advocacy of business-friendly policies and legislation to further our mission

We focus our local advocacy on improving advantages for businesses and consumers in Nassau, Duval, Saint Johns, Flagler, Baker, Clay, Putnam, Union, Bradford and Alachua counties.

Supporting the North Florida Green Chamber is about keeping a balance between social, economic, and environmental concerns in corporate decision-making; taking care of the natural resources we all use, recompensing the communities in which companies work and promoting long-term value-creation for shareholders.

A core part of the Green Chamber’s mission is backing initiatives to provide simple, affordable and convenient access to the tools needed to succeed, while respecting people and protecting our planet. This includes affordable access to sustainable products and services, innovative solutions to address critical environmental and social issues currently facing North Florida.

We seek to advance legislation that encourages and incentivizes green economic priorities and to level the playing field through the review of current regulations. Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and local organizations to transform their communities.

DONATE TODAY!

Green Chamber Supports Local Small Business Campaign

Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for North Florida. Please join the North Florida Green Chamber and organizations across the country in supporting local small business by shopping at a small business.

This month the Green Chamber’s Tuesday@2 meetings are focusing on small business.

During this virtual half-hour you will interact in a discussion on a timely, interesting topic, meet a local expert, and leave with your Tuesday Takeaway.

There is no charge to attend Tuesdays @ 2. But registration is required. Seating is limited.

Join the conversation.

Founded by American Express in 2010 and officially cosponsored by SBA since 2011, Small Business Saturday has become an important part of how many small businesses launch their busiest shopping season. According to the Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, total reported spending among U.S. consumers who said they shopped at independent retailers and restaurants on the day reached a record high of an estimated $17.8 billion.

The same survey reported that more than 70% of consumers are now aware of the Small Business Saturday initiative. Based on this annual survey over the years, Small Business Saturday spending has now reached a reported estimate of $103 billion since the day began in 2010.

Today is Support Your Local Chamber Day

Post your photos and support using #mygreenchamber 

Join other chamber of commerce advocates On National Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day, consider:

  • Join or renew your North Florida Green Chamber membership and receive a free gift 
  • Post a photo on social media about why you support your Green Chamber using #mygreenchamber
  • Consider volunteering with the Green Chamber
  • Encourage someone who is not a member to join the Green Chamber
  • Attend the next event hosted by the Green Chamber

The North Florida Green Chamber is here to help support your business. Help us help you on National Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day.

North Florida Green Chamber and Jacksonville Bar Association Host Virtual Legislative Event Oct. 22

The North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce (NFGCC) and Jacksonville Bar Association (JBA) are presenting their Annual Legislative Event on Economic Opportunity and Environmental Justice, Thursday, Oct. 22, noon – 2 p.m.

Hosted by the Green Chamber’s Policy Committee and the JBA Environmental & Real Property Law Committee, this year’s topics will includes the City of Jacksonville Brownfield Program and Economic Development through Affordable Housing.

Speakers include attorney Brenda Ezell, Esq. owner and sole shareholder of the Ezell Law Firm; Jody McDaniel, Brownfields Coordinator for the City of Jacksonville Planning and Development Department; Paul Tutwiler, Executive Director of the Northwest Jacksonville Community Development Corporation and moderator Kristina Nelson, Esq. of Finger, Nelson & Maguire, a Jacksonville environmental law firm.

2.0 CLE credits for the program are pending accreditation by The Florida Bar. Cost is $15.

REGISTER

New and Renewing Members Receive Sustainable Gift

Join the Green Chamber between now and the end of the year and receive a gift based on your level of sustainable membership.

GIFTS AND LEVELS

“Thank you gifts are our way, of showing our appreciation for your membership,” noted North Florida Green Chamber Executive Director Christina Kelcourse. “You are affirming that you embrace corporate responsibility, knowing our air quality and water quality will be better when our local businesses make smart, innovative, and clean decisions.”

Select thank you gifts to join or renew your membership or to simply support North Florida Green Chamber’s mission. Everything we do – from advocacy and education to Sustainability Coach, Green Marketplace, Buyer’s Club, Solar Collective, Tuesdays@2 and other programs – is possible because of members.

JOIN OR RENEW TODAY

Green Chamber Member Helping Break Stigmas and Stereotypes that Prevent People of Color from Being Connected to the Water

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Two Jacksonville, Fla. companies, North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce (NFGCC) member ANACT and SurfearNEGRA, are teaming up to break stigmas and stereotypes that prevent people of color from being connected to the water.

Together with award-winning photographer Malcom Jackson, they have created a limited-edition tote bag to pay homage to the Black Lives Matter movement. The bag helps fight systemic racism by removing stigmas and stereotypes associated with surfing through the photo of GiGi, the founder of Surfear Negra on the bag.

“This collaboration represents a shift in the economic paradigm of how to do business by partnering with local entrepreneurs and creating positive impact in the community,” noted ANACT Founder Brianna Kilcullen.

The trio want to empower and inspire young girls of color to do things they did not think were possible in and out of the surf industry.

Ten percent of the sales will be used to send young girls of color to surf camps, giving them a chance to learn the future Olympic sport and experience the lifestyle. Their goal is to send 10 girls to camp.

“Our members are known for being committed to environmental and social justice causes. This is another example of a commitment on that level,” said Christina W. Kelcourse, Esq, CFP, CRPC, Executive Director, North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce.

The tote bag’s environmental conscious design of sustainable plant fibers highlights the benefits of fibers such as hemp. Each bag saves 236 days of drinking water. It represents the future hemp textile industry by showing market demand to American farmers and is an alternative to single use plastic bags.

Click here to order or for more information.

NFGCC is a regional networking organization for all sizes of businesses and community organizations including non-profits that emphasize green and sustainable business practices.

In addition to promoting the economic success of NFGCC members by offering environmental, socially responsible, and sustainable products and services, the North Florida chapter has ongoing networking and educational events, job fairs, a Buyer’s Club, newsletter as well as sponsorship opportunities, discounts, 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 is a member of the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce.

ABOUT ANACT

Our goal is to disrupt the textile industry and show that you can be sustainable without a sacrifice. We believe that by showing the increasing demand for sustainable products, (especially those made from hemp) that we can create jobs for U.S. farmers to grow hemp and manufacture here in the United States. Visit www.anact.com for more information.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Mike Bonts Public Relations

(904) 424-6641

mike@bontspr.com

Northrop Grumman Recipient of North Florida Green Chamber Water Quality Award

The North Florida Green Chamber has named Northrop Grumman the recipient of the 2020 Water Quality Award during National Water Quality Month.

“We are pleased to be recognized with the inaugural Water Quality Award by the North Florida Green Chamber of Commerce. Northrop Grumman is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for our employees, contractors, visitors and communities that includes minimizing environmental impacts by reducing waste generation, minimizing water consumption and reducing GHG emissions,” said Julie Edwards, Northrop Grumman Sustainability Site Lead.

This is the first year for the Green Chamber’s annual award created to 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.

“The Water Quality Award showcases innovative leadership and practice. Those who strive to change industry norms with exceptional imagination, foresight or resilience, overcoming obstacles and challenges to create new directions for sustainable water management.,” noted NFGCC Executive Director Christina W. Kelcourse, Esq, CFP, CRPC.

Judges included Shannon Blankinship, Advocacy Director, St. Johns RIVERKEEPER;  James A Richardson, II, Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board Program Administrator, City of Jacksonville and Todd Z. Osborne, Associate Professor, Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, University of Florida.

NFGCC 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 the St. Johns Riverkeepers.

In addition to promoting the economic success of NFGCC members by offering environmental, socially responsible, and sustainable products and services, the North Florida chapter has ongoing networking and educational events, job fairs, a Buyer’s Club, newsletter as well as sponsorship opportunities, discounts, and a mentoring program.

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

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