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Trail marker installed by eVIP volunteers a decade ago on Savage/Christmas Creek Preserve in honor of National Public Lands Day 2011
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Fall 2021
Virtual Hike for National Public Lands Day
Join the Orange County Environmental Protection Division to celebrate National Public Lands Day. This year's program will be held virtually on Isle of Pine, a Green PLACE property. Participants will be able to safely follow along from home as staff lead a virtual hike through the property.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Jazmine Holloway Internship Highlight
In Her Own Words
Hi, I am Jazmine and I have been interning with the Orange County Environmental Protection Division (EPD) since January 2021. I am an Environmental Studies major at the University of Central Florida and wanted the opportunity to explore different environmental jobs. I began in the Water Sciences program, taking water samples from lakes and streams to test in the lab. After a few months, I branched out into the Air Quality Management program. I learned how to conduct an inspection of concrete batch plants and assisted with visible emissions test audits. I think it is remarkably interesting that there is a “Smoke School” where you learn how to read the opacity of emissions to determine compliance with air regulations. I feel extremely fortunate for the opportunity to explore the different environmental programs and see which one speaks to me. Before I started my internship, I volunteered for EPD by labeling storm drains around Orange County. When I am not interning, I enjoy reading fan fiction, going ice skating, volunteering and identifying plants and critters around my neighborhood. So far, my internship with EPD has allowed me to gain experience in multiple program areas and is helping me narrow down where I want to start my career after graduation. What I want to gain from my continued internship is more practical job experience and networking with the environmental professionals at EPD.
30 Years of Pollution Prevention (P2)
Safe Disposal of Household Paint
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Wondering how to safely dispose of household paint? The answer is not down the storm drain! Paint contains a variety of ingredients such as lead, turpentine and petroleum products that when dumped in the storm drain pollutes surface waters. Chemicals in paint can deplete oxygen, suffocate plants, kill wildlife and make our lakes unsafe for swimming. Orange County residents can drop off paint at the Porter Transfer Station located at 1326 Good Homes Road, Orlando, FL 32818, or the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility located at the Orange County landfill at 5901 Young Pine Road, Orlando, FL 32829. Quantities are limited to 25 gallons per vehicle and may only be dropped off by residential customers, not businesses. For more information write to P2@ocfl.net. For more information about Pollution Prevention (P2), visit Residential Environmental Initiatives
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Would you like to learn more about the Orange County Environmental Protection Division (EPD)? EPD is excited to share a variety of information about events, sustainability, the Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge, regulatory updates, lake management, water quality and more! If you would like to be included on the email list, please fill out this brief sign-up form.
ONGOING ACTIVITIES
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Storm Drain Labeling
Spearhead a storm drain labeling project in your community. Orange County eVIP provides all the supplies, a one-hour training session and the support to create an enjoyable and meaningful service project for your group. Please help us keep our surface water clean and our storm drains functioning properly. Great project for scout groups! 
EnviroScape Training Workshop
Learn how to use the EnviroScape Model to provide fun, hands-on watershed education presentations to youth in Orange County. Are you an educator? Once trained, classroom teachers and youth group leaders can also "check out" our education materials. One-on-one trainings can be arranged to accommodate your schedule.
Internship Program
To learn more about the program, send an email stating your interest. Internships are competitive and applications are accepted year-round. Students can earn service hours, college credit and meaningful work experience. Interns who complete a three-month unpaid internship are eligible to apply for paid internships as available.
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Orange County Water-Quality Monitoring
Orange County partners with the UF/IFAS LAKEWATCH program to provide volunteers with training and equipment for water-quality testing on local lakes. Volunteers need lake access, a few hours each month to collect samples, transportation to deliver samples, a canoe or watercraft and a one-year-plus commitment to sampling. 
In-School, After-School and Summer Camp Presentations
Teachers and youth group leaders interested in watershed education can request EnviroScape presentations for their students. Presentations are approximately 25 minutes long and are scheduled throughout the academic year and summer months as schedule permits.
Community
Cleanup Kit
Is your group looking for an environmental project? eVIP has a new kit that helps individuals lead a cleanup and assist in keeping Orange County free of pollution. eVIP provides the supplies, training and support. The project is a good fit for volunteers of all ages and groups of all sizes. Educational materials will be provided as requested. 
eVIP Needs Your Help!
If you enjoyed being an eVIP volunteer, please help us get the word out through social media. You can also provide your feedback and offer ideas for improvement! Scan the QR code or click on this link to access the short survey.
If you are interested in any of the opportunities listed above, please contact the Orange County Environmental Protection Division Volunteer Coordinator 
Carrie Mohanna at Carrie.Mohanna@ocfl.net or 321-689-8232.
Orange County Environmental Protection Division
407-836-1430 | Cell 321-689-8232 | Fax 407-836-1499
3165 McCrory Place, Suite 200, Orlando, FL 32803
Serving our community by conserving, protecting and enhancing the environment for current and future generations.
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