Courtesy Christ the King School

Jacksonville’s Christ the King Catholic School is one of 40 schools nationwide to win the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Award. 

Democratic National Convention

As the Democratic National Convention kicks off in Philadelphia, an unusual question is capturing the attention of cyberspecialists, Russia experts and Democratic Party leaders: Is Vladimir Putin trying to meddle in the American presidential election?

A Wikileaks release on Friday of some 20,000 stolen emails from DNC computer servers has intensified discussion of the potential role of Russian intelligence agencies in disrupting the 2016 campaign.

This week, NPR is partnering with WJCT and other member stations to take a close look at the state of mind of American voters heading into the 2016 election.

From growing economic uncertainty, to fears of terrorism, to worries about our identity as a nation, the mood of the voters this year is anxious, frightened and angry.

We discuss the electorate's state of mind with John Delaney, University of North Florida president and former Jacksonville mayor; Tonyaa Weathersbee, Florida Times-Union columnist; Matt Corrigan, UNF professor of political science; and A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics reporter.

Avid Life Media, the parent company of the recently hacked extramarital affairs website Ashley Madison, announced this week it is offering a bounty for information regarding Impact Team, the group behind the attack. We discuss the legal and technological impacts of the hacking and release of users' information with Lawrence Datz, Jacksonville family law attorney, and Ray Hollister, WJCT Digital Content Editor and Deemable Tech host.

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We speak with Hazel Henderson, founder and president of the Ethical Markets Media, an St. Johns County based independent media company focusing on sustainability news. Henderson is also an evolutionary economist, author and consultant on sustainable development. She joins us to discuss Florida and climate change, as well as her organization's Green Transition Scoreboard, which tracks private investment in green technologies.

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Reuse, recycle, repurpose. That's what Anne and Michael Murphy, the owners of Eco Relics, are striving for. 

Peter Haden

In the first of six stories on issues facing the St. Johns River, WJCT’s Peter Haden reports on the essentials of nutrients.

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Trash is getting smarter at bus stations around Duval County.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority has installed new solar-powered waste and recycling stations at three area bus terminals: Rosa Parks Transit Station downtown, and the Regency and Gateway Transit Hubs.

The new trash cans are high tech. When they become full, the units compact the garbage automatically, creating more space. When they can hold no more, a signal goes out to maintenance staff so the trash can be picked up.

The city of Jacksonville is hosting an environmental symposium next month focused on sustainability for the First Coast.

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Many of the ideas being exhibited an One Spark have a focus on environmental sustainability.

The Green Spot

Local farmers are taking the fear out of managing a year-round backyard garden with a program designed to educate people on the logistics of growing fresh produce.

Based at the Jacksonville Farmer's Market, The Green Spot takes an Earth-friendly approach to sustainability by showing people how to care for plants and introducing them to new and emerging gardening technologies.

"I show alternative methods of growing," said Carmel Mayo, owner of the Green Spot. "I teach folks what not to do; how to conserve water and the environment."

Jacksonville University

Sustainability is becoming an imperative for business, government, and college campuses.

That’s especially true at Jacksonville University, where everything from a sustainable dorm, to rooftop gardens, to even a degree in sustainability is now in the mix. 

According to JU Sustainability Coordinator Marcel Dulay, students are working with Jacksonville’s Clara White Mission to train homeless veterans in gardening as part of their rooftop garden initiative. The program was made possible through a grant from Siemens.


An upcoming all-day event at the University of North Florida will focus on environmental issues.

The 2013 EPB/UNF Environmental Symposium, titled "Innovation, Conservation and Sustainability," is a collaboration between the City of Jacksonville's Environmental Protection Board and the university.

A local author and consultant recently enjoyed a high-profile invite: to participate in the Hague's World Justice Forum in the Netherlands.  

Dr. Priscilla Berry joined thought leaders from around the world for a convening focused on expanding the rule of law in countries worldwide.

Courtesy Northeast Florida Green Chamber

Going green isn't just for environmentalists anymore.

The move toward sustainability, increasingly, has a strong business case.

That's the idea behind the Northeast Florida Green Chamber, a local chapter of the Green Chamber of the South.

"We are creating a forum for business owners who share an interest in sustainability and social responsibility," says chairperson Helen Rake.