Don’t be Haunted by Waste this Halloween!

By Emma Counce, Outreach Coordinator Halloween is a fang-tastic holiday! But, things like brand-new costumes, single-use decorations, spooky party waste, and more can definitely make this time of year scary in more ways than one. Here are some tips for how you can keep it festive without being haunted by your waste. Costumes – Eighty-five percent…

October Events Recap: Pollination Celebration and Food Day

By Brenna Gardner, Food Waste Reduction Intern, and Jade Chalkley, Sustainability Fellow October has kicked off highlighting some of the most important animals on the planet: pollinators. We hosted two fantastic events, coming to a close with a BIG announcement. On October 2, the Office of Sustainability and Landscape Services hosted a Pollination Celebration. The…

Trashy’s Back-To-School List

  Hey y’all! My name is Trashy and I work for the Office of Sustainability! I help answer questions and educate students, staff, and faculty about recycling, waste reduction, and other eco-friendly habits at the University of Mississippi. I am SOOO excited for the new semester and I have some great ways to get ready…

Sustainability Spotlight: UM Arborist Nathan Lazinksy

Interview by Leta Rowan, Green Student Intern The University of Mississippi’s award-winning landscaping is a very visible part of campus. The work that goes into planning, installing and maintaining the landscape is lesser known, in part because it often happens early in the morning or late at night. Nathan Lazinsky,  assistant superintendent for UM Landscape Services and a…

UM’s Eighth Annual Green Week Begins April 16

Campus, community organizations collaborate for weeklong series of sustainability-focused events APRIL 8, 2016 BY MAGGIE MOSCO The University of Mississippi’s eighth annual Green Week celebration, coordinated by the Office of Sustainability, is set for April 16-24. Established in 2009, Green Week features a variety of interactive events that allow UM students, faculty, staff and Oxford…

Recent Graduate Fellow Grows Sustainability Education at UM

by Lindsey Abernathy, Project Manager Since beginning a yearlong fellowship in the UM Office of Sustainability in August, Kendall McDonald has worked to advance sustainability education among students on campus. The results of her work are evident in the university’s new EcoReps program, which has grown from one residence hall to include seven under McDonald’s…

The University Green Fund Accepting New Proposals For Spring Cycle

BY: Joe Scott jwscott1@go.olemiss.edu The UM Green Fund (UMGF) was created in spring of 2013.The UMGF provides funding for the implementation of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability projects, programs, and policies. University administration supplies the UMGF with an annual budget of $15,000 and matches donations by 50%. Proposals can be made by any students,…

Fall 2015 Semester In Review

by Lindsey Abernathy, Project Coordinator | February 1, 2016 Fall 2015 saw the launch of several new sustainability initiatives on the University of Mississippi campus, including the establishment of the UM Garden Club and the inaugural Red, Blue & Green Freshman Interest Group, as well as the growth of already existing initiatives such as EcoReps and efforts to advance…

Spring Environmental Film Series

by Joe Scott, Marketing & Communications Intern | February 2, 2016 The University of Mississippi’s annual Spring Environmental Film Series kicks off February 10 and runs through March 8. The series, which includes three films, captures the spirit of resource stewardship and addresses the major environmental issues facing society. Documentaries featured in the series span…

UM Students Tour Yokna Bottoms Farm

by Lindsey Abernathy | Project Coordinator, Office of Sustainability University of Mississippi students active in sustainability initiatives on campus got a firsthand look at local food production during a tour of Yokna Bottoms Farm on Friday, October 16. The farm tour was organized by the Real Food Rebels student group. Members of the newly established…