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First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross

02/25/15: NE FL Environmental Summit; Going Green; African-American Veterans And Civil Rights

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New legislation currently before Congress that would set regulations on an array of environmental hazards is being closely watched here in Jacksonville, a city consistently rated poor in air quality. The upcoming annual Northeast Florida Environmental Summit will discuss how these environmental hazards impact our community, children, and food production. We speak with Eric Hull, summit chairperson and professor at Florida Coastal School of Law, Patricia Pappan, president of the Environmental Law Society, and Dr. Quint White, marine biologist at Jacksonville University.

Greenscape of Jacksonville's Anna Dooley and Bob Chabot join us to discuss their 28th annual Flowering Tree Sale in our Going Green segment.

And we speak with UNF graduate student Bryan Higham about his research into the role African American World War II veterans played in this area's Civil Rights movement.

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Sean Birch joined the WJCT team in late 2011 and was with the company until 2016.