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The Green Register has been writing stories about green initiatives launched by colleges and universities for nearly a year, and periodically we are pleasantly surprised by projects/programs created by and for students.
Recently, we researched the sustainability efforts on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi (USM). On their Office of Sustainability website, we found a simple and useful “how to be sustainable” student webpage called Students & Sustainability.
On one webpage, students are provided eco-friendly tips for the residence hall, dining hall, classroom, and transportation getting around campus.
From those simple personal steps, the campus has also implemented major “green” campus-wide initiatives including:
* A Climate Action Plan that incorporates more than 170 mitigation strategies, to enable the University to achieve its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.
* A recycling program that ranks in the top 40% of 382 participating schools for collecting the highest gross tonnage of recyclables (119,660 pounds or 60 tons).
* University offering 35 courses related to sustainability and environmental awareness.
* Being recognized by the Princeton Review’s Green Colleges report as one of the most environmentally responsible facilities in the nation and the only such recognized school in Mississippi.
From recycling in every room on campus to an EcoBike program, the University of Southern Mississippi is making strides in the area of sustainability both big and small.
Haley McMinn – USM’s Office of Sustainability
by Pat Byington, Editor of The Green Register