Climate Action and Education InitiativeJU Climate Innovation Challenge

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Jacksonville University'sCommitment to Climate Action

Jacksonville University is positioned on the banks of the St. Johns River, where the university community feels the effects of climate change—storm surges, warm temperatures, polluted waters—every day and works to combat it. As scientists, educators, and policy experts, we understand that it is our duty to take action to protect the campus community, Jacksonville, and the greater state of Florida. Therefore, the University is launching an educational and innovative climate initiative, the Jacksonville University Climate Innovation Challenge

In partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Law, Marine Science Research Institute, and the Public Policy Institute, the Climate Innovation Challenge hosts events that empower our community to develop approaches to our environmental challenges that raise awareness, change behavior, promote focused research, stimulate corporate actions, or launch innovative solutions.

Deadline Extended!

Climate Innovation Challenge Proposal Dates and Deadlines

Proposals Due: September 15, 2023

Notice of Acceptance Will Be Sent No Later Than: September 22, 2023

All applications should be submitted by email to The subject line of the email submission should be: JUCIC2023_ApplicantName_ProjectTitle

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Climate Innovation Competition

During this "Shark Tank" style grant competition, students, faculty and staff, and members of the Northeast Florida community are invited to present their climate problem-solving or awareness proposals for the opportunity to win funding. 

This grant competition is interdisciplinary and welcomes participants from the arts, humanities, sciences, medical and health services, engineering, business, military offices, law, public policy, and government.

Proposals will be due on September 15, 2023, and notification of acceptance will be sent no later than September 22, 2023. If you are chosen to move forward to the semi-finals, you will be invited to present to an expert panel in a public forum. We will welcome creative presentations including, but not limited to, innovative demos, PowerPoint presentations, mock-ups, and prototypes.

Prize money might be used, for example, but not limited to, developing a play, documentary, a needed research project, a legislative or regulatory proposal, an invention, a new business, civil education program, or a community project.

Event Details

Student present their climate problem-solving or awareness proposals.
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Florida's Future:Navigating Global Climate Change

This panel was held in conjunction with the Climate Innovation Challenge, on March 30, 2023. Panelists discussed global climate change and its impact on Jacksonville and the state of Florida. 

Panelists included:

  • Dr. Esther Mullens: Assistant Professor of Geography at UF (Gainesville)
  • Mr. David Zierden: State Climatologist of Florida (Tallahassee)
  • Ms. Lisa Rinaman: St. Johns Riverkeeper (Jacksonville)
  • Ms. Anne Coglianese: Chief Resiliency Officer for the City of Jacksonville

Contact Us

For more information on this event, please contact Wendy Parrish in the College of Arts & Sciences Dean's office.

Contact Information College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office

Phone: (904) 256-7881