By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – Mass transit, energy-efficient construction and recycling have earned national attention for the University of Mississippi and its efforts toward a sustainable campus.
Ole Miss is one of the institutions featured in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges, which was released last week online.
The University of Southern Mississippi was the only other Mississippi campus chosen for the publication.
Jim Morrison, campus sustainability coordinator, said Ole Miss has made advances on a number of sustainability fronts in recent years.
“There is a lot happening on our campus in regard to sustainability that many people are just beginning to realize, and the university’s inclusion in the Princeton Review’s guide helps us communicate these efforts,” Morrison said.
“Our campus sustainability program is gaining momentum and driving positive changes with initiatives like our Rebel Pedals bike share program, OUT bus system, new recycling infrastructure, cutting edge network of smart meters and numerous other exciting programs that are all focused on providing not only a more sustainable campus environment but an academic experience that educates tomorrow’s leaders on the principles of a sustainable future.
Ole Miss and Oxford also just completed their annual Green Week observance themed “Let’s Go Local,” which included a host of events aimed at raising awareness of how individuals and institutions alike can be more environmentally responsible. Among the activities were a tour of energy- and material-efficient homes and the new Khayat Law Center, an “Eat Local” panel discussion featuring award-winning chef John Currence and national food writer John T. Edge, garden-related workshops and awards for local leaders of sustainability.
“College-bound students are increasingly interested in sustainability issues,” said Robert Franek, Senior VP, Publishing, The Princeton Review, which is not affiliated with Princeton University. “Together with the USGBC, we are pleased to make this free resource available to all students seeking to attend colleges that practice, teach and support environmentally-responsible choices. We highly recommend the colleges in this book.”