Oxford, Ole Miss to host Green Week

OXFORD – The sixth annual Green Week will highlight both environmental successes and ongoing challenges in the Lafayette-Oxford-University community and beyond with activities from speeches to tree planting.

Green Week events are sponsored by the University of Mississippi and the city of Oxford.

“It is a week where we, as a community, can build our environmental conscience and strengthen our commitment to lowering our global impact,” said Kendall McDonald, one of Green Week’s organizers. “Green Week also plays an invaluable educational role by engaging those who have not previously been exposed to environmental issues.”

“Changing behaviors and habits [is] important, but equally important is understanding the larger context behind why we advocate for these changes,” said Anne McCauley, assistant director of the UM Office of Sustainability. “We hope Green Week brings to light both actions for individual responsibility as well as awareness of social, environmental and economic challenges that need to be addressed.”

On Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Foundation will host “Business in the Green,” a Sustainable Business Panel Discussion at the Oxford Conference Center.

The panel will include Alex Rosenthal, sustainability project leader for International Paper, where he has contributed to the development of a robust Supply Chain Sustainability program. Also on the panel will be a representative of Toyota to tell of that company’s and its suppliers’ sustainable manufacturing efforts, along with Margot McNeeley, executive director of Project Green Fork, a nonprofit organization that aims to contribute to a sustainable Mid-South, with a focus on local restaurants.

Tuesday at 7 p.m., South Africa native Rob Nixon will give Green Week’s keynote address in the Overby Center. The author of “Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor,” will “link the emergencies of the long term to artistic efforts to infuse such emergencies with dramatic urgency,” McDonald said.

Ole Miss will host a Sustainability Fair in the Union Plaza on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will explore different themes and facets of sustainability, including farmers’ markets, community supported agriculture, and sustainability-related arts and crafts.

On Friday, Green Week culminates with a tree-planting ceremony in the Grove at 11:30 a.m.

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