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UF TREEO Center Celebrates 40th Anniversary

University of Florida Training, Research and Education for Environmental Occupations (UF TREEO) Center opened its doors to over 120 guests on November 1, 2018 to showcase recent building renovations and celebrate forty years of environmental training.

UF TREEO Center Celebrates 40th Anniversary

University of Florida Training, Research and Education for Environmental Occupations (UF TREEO) Center opened its doors to over 120 guests on November 1, 2018 to showcase recent building renovations and celebrate forty years of environmental training. The celebration included walking tours through the building, guest speakers, catered lunch and giveaways. Guest speakers at the event included Dr. Brian Marchman, Ph.D., UF Assistant Provost & Director of Distance & Continuing Education, Tom Frick, Director of Division of Environmental Assessment & Restoration, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and Dr. Don Pohlman, Commissioner of Florida Public Service Commission (PSC).

Guests traveled from around the state of Florida to attend the event that highlighted not only UF TREEO’s successes, but the successes of its students. “In four decades, UF TREEO center has trained over 75,000 participants,” Dr. Marchman said. “This is so important because where would we be without our drinking water, clean buildings and clean air?”

During the celebration, workers from Gainesville Regional Utilities who recently returned from Hurricane Michael disaster relief were honored with a standing ovation. These workers were deployed by Florida's Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (FlaWARN), which UF TREEO administers.

UF TREEO Center’s building renovations include a complete lobby remodel, fresh paint throughout, new flooring in classrooms and canteen, new energy efficient lighting, new air conditioning systems and new classroom furniture. The next phase of renovations will include new landscaping and remodeling of offices.

While UF TREEO celebrated past successes, a focus was also put on the future of the organization. “We have sustained excellence in environmental training for 40 years by offering quality training, relevant training and multiple delivery systems,” said Carol Hinton, UF TREEO Center Director. “In looking at where we go from here, we are adding more online courses to meet the demands of our students’ busy schedules.”

University of Florida Training, Research and Education for Environmental Occupations (UF TREEO) plays a major role in the continuing education for environmental professions. UF TREEO offers online courses in addition to its face to face offerings in gainesville, florida as well as in satellite locations all over the world.

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