Media Release

Saving My Alachua Environmental Art Contest Recognition

Monday, April 27, 2015 12:15 PM

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL – On Tuesday, April 28, 2015, the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners recognize those students selected as winners in the County's second annual "Saving My Alachua" Environmental Art Contest. Winners from each grade will be recognized at the Commissioners’ regularly scheduled meeting which begins promptly at 5 p.m., in the Jack Durrance Auditorium (Room 209) on the second floor of the Alachua County Administration Building (12 S.E. 1st Street, downtown Gainesville).

The contest was open to all K-12 students in Alachua County, including homeschoolers, and encourages students to create artwork depicting their passion for the environment. Their artwork addressed many environmental topics including water conservation, stormwater pollution, natural habitat protection, wilderness and wildlife protection, and proper disposal of toxic waste. Ribbons will be awarded for first, second, and third place in each of the thirteen grade categories.  Selected winners will be featured in the 2016 Saving My Alachua Calendar, which will also contain tips on protecting the environment.

The artwork is on display in the hallways of the second floor of County Administration Building outside the Commission Chamber.

"The contest has been well received by the community, with over 380 submissions from 18 Alachua County schools. We are excited to be able to honor this year’s finalists and begin working on the 2016 Saving My Alachua calendar" said Alachua County Environmental Protection Department Senior Planner, Eliana Bardi.

This event will be televised on Cox Channel 12, or on the County’s Video on Demand website.

View the contest flier and entry form.

Visit the Saving My Alachua Art Contest Facebook page.

For more information, contact Eliana Bardi at 352-264-6810 or


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).