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University’s 10th Annual Green Week Begins April 17

Campus and community organizations raise awareness of resource stewardship

UM Landscape Services and students celebrate Arbor Day with a hands-on tree planting ceremony in the Grove during Green Week 2017. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi will host its 10th Annual Green Week April 17-22 with a series of events designed for students, faculty and staff and community members.

The week is filled with programming to raise awareness about the importance of resource stewardship and includes events ranging from the annual Sustainability Fair to a transportation-related lunch-and-learn.

“Green Week is an opportunity for our university and the Oxford community to come together and celebrate our relationship with the natural environment,” said Kendall McDonald, project manager for the UM Office of Sustainability. “I think the most fundamental first step to fostering a healthy, sustainable world is to be curious and learn, and this year’s Green Week is full of opportunities to do so.”

The events kick off Tuesday (April 17) with a lunch-and-learn on “UM Master: Planning for a Pedestrian-Friendly Campus,” featuring Ian Banner, university architect and director of sustainability and facilities planning, and Mike Harris, the UM parking and transportation director. They will discuss the updated campus master plan as it relates to transportation and mobility.

Green Week culminates April 22, which is Earth Day, when award-winning poet and essayist Camille Dungy will deliver the 2018 Earth Day keynote address. The event, at 7 p.m. in the Overby Center Auditorium, is free and open to the public.

Dungy is editor of “Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry” (University of Georgia Press, 2009), the first anthology dedicated to nature writing by African-American poets. Other works by Dungy include “Guidebook to Relative Strangers” (W.W. Norton, 2017), a collection of personal essays that explores the complicated relationships between history, race and landscape.

Interactive events include the annual Sustainability Fair on Wednesday and the 2018 Arbor Day celebration on Thursday, during which attendees can participate in a hands-on tree planting in the Grove, hosted in collaboration with the Department of Landscape Services and the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center. Champion catalpa tree seedlings will be available while supplies last.

“Part of the mission of Green Week is to educate and empower, and we think that this year’s programming accomplishes that goal,” said Lindsey Abernathy, UM associate director of sustainability. “There are events for those interested in learning a little more about sustainability, as well as opportunities to explore topics more in depth, through events like the lunch-and-learn event and the keynote address.”

Community and campus organizations are hosting events in conjunction with Green Week, including the Oxford Community Market’s spring launch, a volunteer day at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Holly Springs and Earth Day Yoga, hosted by Campus Recreation on the South Campus Rail Trail.

 “We work collaboratively with campus and community partners to plan Green Week, a nice reminder of the collaborative nature of sustainability and environmental work as a whole,” McDonald said. “We cannot address complex environmental problems without teamwork, and Green Week is a great way to bring everyone to the table.”

To encourage the community to experience sustainable activities firsthand, the Office of Sustainability is also hosting a Green Week social media challenge. Participants are asked to complete four tasks and share them on social media to be entered to win a $50 Patagonia gift card.

Green Week is hosted in collaboration with sponsor Jim Keras Subaru; the university’s environmental studies minor; departments of Facilities Planning, Parking and Transportation, Landscape Services and Campus Recreation; the Oxford Community Market; and the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center. For more information, visit

The Green Week schedule of events features:

Tuesday (April 17)

  • “UM Master Plan: Planning for a Pedestrian Friendly Campus” lunch-and-learn: 12:15 p.m., Center for Manufacturing Excellence multipurpose room (third floor). Lunch and coffee provided.
  • Oxford Community Market Spring Kickoff: 3-6:30 p.m., Old Armory Pavilion.
  • First Feast Fundraiser Dinner for the Oxford Community Market: 6:30-9:30 p.m., Old Armory Pavilion (tickets required)

Wednesday (April 18)

  • Sustainability Fair: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Galtney Lott Plaza

Thursday (April 19)

  • Arbor Day Celebration and Tree Planting: 1 p.m., the Grove

Saturday (April 21)

  • Give Back to SPAC: Volunteer Work Day: 9 a.m.-noon, Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, Holly Springs

Sunday (April 22)

  • Earth Day Yoga: 4 p.m., South UM Campus Rail Trail. Admission is $5 for students, $10 for community members.
  • “It’s all Environmental Writing,” 2018 Earth Day keynote address by Camille Dungy: 7 p.m., Overby Center Auditorium

Challenge Invites LOU Community to Explore Resources for Green Week

UM, Oxford to host annual sustainability observance April 17-22

A pair of Ole Miss students help Nathan Lazinsky (left) spread pine straw around an oak tree. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi and Oxford community will celebrate Green Week April 17-22.

The annual series of events focuses on bringing awareness to sustainability topics, resources in the area and the importance of living a resource-conscious lifestyle.

“We all want to make the world a better place, but knowing how to do it specifically can be a challenge,” said Anne McCauley, assistant director of the UM Office of Sustainability, which organizes Green Week.

“Green Week events help bring the field of sustainability to life in tangible, meaningful terms. We intentionally design our programming to represent many dimensions of sustainability to connect with people, no matter what their current knowledge is about the field.”

This year’s Green Week will kick off with guided tours along a portion of the Ole Miss Tree Trail and culminate on Earth Day with a free outdoor yoga session and satellite March for Science occurring on campus as part of the national event.

David George Haskell, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author and professor of biology at the University of the South, will deliver the keynote address, “The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors,” at 7 p.m. April 20 in the Overby Center Auditorium.

Haskell is author of a new book of the same name as well as the 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist “The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature” (Viking, 2012), which explores the diversity in 1 square meter of the forest floor in Shakerag Hollow, atop the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee over a calendar year.

This year, the Office of Sustainability is hosting an interactive Green Week Challenge to encourage participants to learn more about sustainability in the Oxford area.

Participants who complete the challenge, which includes activities such as riding an OUT bus, visiting a farmers market or checking out the Ole Miss Bike Shop, receive a free Green Week T-shirt – manufactured from recycled plastic bottles – and an entry to win a grand prize Yeti cooler. The challenge is open to all, including students, faculty, staff and community members. 

The Office of Sustainability also is hosting a Green Week Challenge for children. 

“The challenge is really meant to highlight the great sustainability resources and organizations in our area,” said Lindsey Abernathy, project manager for the Office of Sustainability. “Our intention is that participants try something new, whether that be riding the OUT bus for the first time or completing a carbon footprint quiz to learn how they can minimize impact in other areas.”

The full Green Week 2017 schedule includes:

Monday, April 17
Tree Trail Walk – 10 a.m., meet at Quad fountain. Hosted by UM Department of Landscape Services and Office of Sustainability

Tuesday, April 18
Tree Trail Walk – 1 p.m., meet at Quad fountain. Hosted by Department of Landscape Services and Office of Sustainability

Oxford Community Market and Friends of the Market Social Hour – 3-6:30 p.m., Community Pavilion

Wednesday, April 19
Arbor Day Tree Planting – Noon, Grove. Hosted by Department of Landscape Services and Office of Sustainability

Garden to Pantry Dinner and Cooking Demo – 5 p.m., UM Garden (behind Residential College South). Hosted by UM Garden Club and Ole Miss Food Bank

Green Drinks – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., the Growler. Hosted by Sustainable Oxford

Thursday, April 20
“UM Master Plan for the Oxford Campus: A Sustainable Vision of Campus Development” Lunch and Learn – 12:15 p.m., Lamar Hall, Room 323. Hosted by Department of Facilities Planning and Office of Sustainability

Earth Day Keynote: “The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors” by David George Haskell – 7 p.m., Overby Auditorium. Hosted by the UM environmental studies minor program and Office of Sustainability

Friday, April 21
Woodlawn-Davis Workday – 8-11 a.m., Woodlawn-Davis Nature Center. Hosted by Woodlawn-Davis Nature Center

Small Hall Music Series at Woodlawn-Davis – 6 p.m., Woodlawn-Davis Nature Center. Hosted by Woodlawn-Davis Nature Center

Saturday, April 22
March for Science – 10:30 a.m., Meet in the Circle. Hosted by Department of Physics and Astronomy

Earth Day at Strawberry Plains – 10 a.m.-noon, Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, Holly Springs. Hosted by Strawberry Plains Audubon Center

Earth Day Yoga – 4 p.m., South Campus Rail Trail. Hosted by Ole Miss Outdoors

To learn more about Green Week and the Green Week Challenge, visit

UM’s Eighth Annual Green Week Begins April 16

Campus, community organizations collaborate for weeklong series of sustainability-focused events

Green Week 1

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 residents to explore ways to live a more sustainable life and the importance of doing so.

“Green Week is a collaborative effort among university and community organizations to raise awareness about the importance of living in a sustainable way with a focus on humans’ relationships to the natural world,” said Lindsey Abernathy, project manager in the Office of Sustainability. “The schedule is designed to include a variety of topics, ranging from a panel discussion on the lead water crisis in Flint, Michigan – which will tie in social sustainability – to events like the Tree Trail Walk and the Earth Day Yoga Hikes, which combine wellness with environmental sustainability.”

A cornerstone of the Green Week schedule is the Earth Day keynote address, delivered this year by Linda Hogan, a Native American poet and author with a focus on environmental issues, indigenous culture and tribal history. Hogan will speak at 7 p.m. April 21 in the Overby Center Auditorium.

Events throughout the week are hosted by groups including the environmental studies minor, Department of Campus Recreation, UM Garden Club, Landscape Services and Sustainable Oxford. The event schedule includes:

Saturday, April 16
2:30-3:30 p.m. – Mississippi River Water Dance, Mud Island River Walk, Memphis

Monday, April 18 and Tuesday, April 19
10 a.m. April 18 and 1 p.m. April 19 – Tree Appreciation Walk, meet at Quad fountain

Tuesday, April 19
6 p.m. – “End of Suburbia” film screening, also featuring the short film “Food for Thought, Food for Life,” Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network and Sustainable Oxford office, 68 Highway 334

Wednesday, April 20
10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Sustainability Fair, Ole Miss Student Union Plaza

4 p.m. – “Something in Our Water: Perspectives on Flint, Jackson and Environmental Racism in America” panel discussion, Overby Center Auditorium

Thursday, April 21
11 a.m. – Brunch and Bloom free lunch, UM Campus Garden (behind Residential College South)

7 p.m. – Earth Day Keynote Speech: Linda Hogan, Overby Center Auditorium

Friday, April 22
7:30-9 a.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. – Guided Earth Day nature and yoga hikes, South Campus Rail Trail

Noon – Arbor Day Tree Planting, Lyceum Circle across from Brevard Hall. Take home an Ole Miss champion tree seedling while supplies last.

Sunday, April 24
6-8 p.m. – Sustainable Oxford Forum and Potluck, Powerhouse. Bring your best chili, gazpacho, soup, puree or juice blend to share.

Each event is designed to be informative and interactive. The Mississippi River Water Dance at Mud Island expands the scope of Green Week beyond the Lafayette-Oxford-University community. Presented by the UM Department of Theatre Arts with support from the UM Green Fund, the performance features student dancers using their art form to bring awareness to important water issues such as clean drinking water and rising sea levels. A shuttle from campus to Memphis is available.

The Tree Trail Walks, led by UM arborist Nathan Lazinsky, allow students, faculty and staff to develop a deeper understanding of the importance of trees on the Ole Miss campus. During this year’s Arbor Day Celebration, seedlings from the giant catalpa tree near the Ole Miss Student Union, a Mississippi Champion Tree, will be given away, allowing participants to take home a piece of the campus’ natural legacy.

The annual Sustainability Fair will feature local vendors and organizations such as farmers, campus and community groups, and local food vendors. Participants will have opportunities to earn prizes as they learn about resources for sustainable living.

“One of the most fun events is the Sustainability Fair that takes over the Union Plaza,” said Kelli Coleman, a junior biology major from Texas and 2016 Green Week Coordinator. “It’s a great way to learn about what is going on at Ole Miss and in Oxford and how you can get involved.”

For more information about Green Week and the Office of Sustainability, visit or email

University to Celebrate Green Week April 21-24

Events include lectures, a film and annual Sustainability Fair

2014's Green Week included a "trash cube" located on campus to bring awareness of recycling.

2014’s Green Week included a ‘trash cube’ on campus to spark awareness of recycling.

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi will observe Green Week April 21-24 with the goal of raising awareness on campus and in the community about the importance of environmental sustainability.

“For me, Green Week is a high point in the academic year, since it offers a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about our environment in a number of different ways, while celebrating the beautiful spring weather,” said Ann Fisher-Wirth, professor of English and director of the UM environmental studies minor. “One of its main events is our Earth Day speaker, highly acclaimed anthropologist Paige West.”

West, a professor of anthropology at Columbia University’s Barnard College, will deliver the Earth Day keynote address at 7 p.m. Wednesday (April 22) in the Overby Center. She plans to discuss the impact of current and future climate changes on the people of New Guinea and the Pacific islands.

Green Week events kick off at 10 a.m. Tuesday (April 21) with a 30-minute walk along a portion of the Ole Miss Tree Trail guided by Nathan Lazinsky, a certified arborist from Landscape Services. At 7 p.m., the Honors College Student Union will host a screening of the film “GMO! OMG!” as part of its Progressive Film Series.

The annual Sustainability Fair takes place on the Student Union Plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday (April 22). It features interactive displays from campus and community groups, an on-campus farmers market and more. Participants will receive tickets, which can be redeemed for prizes, for visiting each table.

“The Sustainability Fair helps illustrate all of the resources that our campus and community has to offer,” said Lindsey Abernathy, project coordinator in the Office of Sustainability. “This year, we’ll have a display where students, faculty and staff can calculate and learn more about their carbon footprints. We’ll also have signage throughout the fair communicating the ways in which each of the different groups at the fair can help reduce that footprint. The focus is on solutions.”

Other Green Week activities include Pedal and Picnic, a group bike ride followed by a free lunch courtesy of Freshii and Ole Miss Dining, and the EcoGala Art Show, a sophisticated and sustainable showing of student artwork. Registration is required for Pedal and Picnic. Email to reserve a spot.

Green Week will conclude on Arbor Day (April 24) with a tree planting celebration in the Circle led by Jeff McManus, UM landscape services director. Attendees will receive free Ole Miss seedlings that were transplanted from the Circle earlier this year, while supplies last.

All Green Week events are free and open to the public. For more information about Green Week, visit or email


2015 Green Week Schedule of Events

Tuesday, April 21

10-10:30 a.m. – Tree Trail Walk, meet at the flagpole in the Circle

7 p.m. – “GMO, OMG!” film screening, Barnard Observatory


Wednesday, April 22 (Earth Day)

10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Sustainability Fair, Student Union Plaza

7 p.m. – Earth Day keynote address by Paige West, Overby Center Auditorium

9 p.m. – Jammin’ for the Planet (Green Fund Benefit Concert), Proud Larry’s


Thursday April 23

11 a.m.-noon – Pedal and Picnic, group bike ride and free lunch from Freshii. Registration required. Email to reserve your spot.

7 p.m. – EcoGala Student Art Show, Bryant Hall


Friday, April 24 (Arbor Day)

11 a.m. – Arbor Day tree planting and celebration, Carrier Hall

12:30-1:30 p.m. – Environmental Law Lecture by Steve McKinney, Khayat Law Center, Room 2094

UM Hosts Annual Green Week Celebration April 22-25

Author Rob Nixon to deliver Earth Day keynote lecture

UM Green Week

UM Green Week features an eco-fashion show and gala.

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi’s sixth annual Green Week celebration kicks off on Earth Day (April 22) with the goal of opening a campuswide dialogue about sustainability.

Rob Nixon, author of “Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor” (Harvard University Press, 2011), will deliver the Earth Day keynote lecture at 7 p.m. that day at the Overby Center. His session focuses on complex global issues related to sustainability, including “slow violence,” the slowly unfolding environmental effects that are often underpublicized or unnoticed.

“As we educate and support the development of the next generation for responsible citizenship, we consider these global issues to be of critical importance to their preparation,” said Anne McCauley, assistant director of the UM Office of Sustainability. “Changing behaviors and habits are important, but equally important is understanding the larger context behind why we advocate for these changes. 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.

The week’s events include Business in the Green, during which representatives from International Paper, Project Green Fork and Toyota will share sustainable strategies and operational practices in the workplace. The event is set for 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Oxford Conference Center.

Other events include the annual eco-fashion show and gala, which features outfits made from uncommon materials, and the annual Green Week Sustainability Fair. The fair will feature plastic bag knitting, an on-campus farmers market and displays from several university groups.

An Arbor Day tree planting and celebration in the Grove conclude the week’s activities on Friday.

“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, a junior public policy major from Bay St. Louis who serves as the Office of Sustainability’s Green Week intern. “Green Week also plays an invaluable educational role by engaging those who have not previously been exposed to environmental issues.”

All events are free and open to the public. Green Week events are sponsored by the UM Office of Sustainability, Environmental Studies Minor, Students for a Green Campus, Landscape Services, the Oxford-Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Foundation, Jim Keras Subaru, the College of Liberal ArtsSouthern Documentary ProjectCroft Institute for International StudiesSally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, the UM departments of English and history, and the city of Oxford.

2014 Green Week Schedule of Events

Tuesday, April 22

Business in the Green – 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Oxford Conference Center

Earth Day keynote address – 7 p.m., Overby Center, speaker, Rob Nixon, “Slow Violence, Environmental Activism and the Arts”

Wednesday, April 23

Green Week Sustainability Fair – 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Student Union Plaza

Udall Scholarship Workshop – 4 p.m., Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, Room 311

Eco Fashion Show and Gala – 7 p.m., Bryant Hall

Friday, April 23

Arbor Day Tree Planting and Celebration – 11:30 a.m., Grove

For more information, contact Ann McCauley at

UM Green Week Explores ‘Enough for All, Forever’ April 22-26

Annual event to focus on food supply, environmental social issues, awareness

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi kicks off its fifth annual Green Week on Monday (April 22). The weeklong event, which runs through April 26, aims to educate students, faculty, staff and community members on the benefits of sustainable living, as well as the large impact a small adjustment in daily life can make.

“Green Week is important because it helps to spread knowledge about more sustainable living,” said Cortez Adams, a junior public policy major from Memphis and student coordinator of Green Week. “The various events that we have during the week help provide students with a fun avenue to learn about preserving the planet, beginning with things we can do in our own community.”

Green Week officially commences with a short ceremony, announcement of the on-campus Rebel Energy Challenge winners and a green step show by regional champions Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity at the Phi Mu Fountain at 10 a.m. Monday, which is Earth Day. At 7 p.m. in the Overby Center, featured speaker Janisse Ray will discuss-saving and its impact on food supply.

Wednesday activities include a 6 p.m. panel discussion featuring Melissa Collier of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and Rita Harris of the Sierra Club in Memphis, who will focus environmental justice and discuss the effects of environmental degradation on minority populations and low-income communities.

“Sustainable development can be very succinctly described as ‘Enough for all, forever,” said Anne McCauley, assistant director of the Office of Sustainability. “Many of our events this year connect with this description. From Janisse Ray’s lecture, we can reflect on the ‘enough aspect, as she challenges us think about the dwindling diversity of seeds and the implications for the future of food. From the environmental justice event, we can reflect on the ‘for all’ aspect. I think it shows that there is a real human dimension to sustainability.”

Earlier in the day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the annual Sustainability Fair on the Union Plaza will feature games, giveaways, a small farmers’ market and Green Week shirt printing by Ole Miss student group Print Rebellion. Students, faculty and staff who bring shirts can have them printed for free, or anyone can purchase a shirt at the fair.

UM instructor Milly West and her students also will sell Ole Miss ‘h2otty toddy’ water bottles during Green Week to encourage the use of reusable bottles on campus. The project is the first to be approved by the campus Green Fund, which started accepting donations and proposals this spring. All proceeds benefit the Green Fund and may be used to install additional hydration stations, where students can refill water bottles.

Rounding out the week is “Bike to Campus Day” and breakfast at the Student Union from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Friday. The breakfast is free for anyone who bikes to campus or stops by the Union Plaza to learn more about biking. The week’s final event, an eco-fashion show, is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Jackson Avenue Center.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information about Green Week, click here.


Green Week 2013 Schedule of Events

Monday, April 22

10 a.m., Phi Mu Fountain – Green Week Kick-off

7 p.m., Overby Center – Green Week keynote address by writer and activist Janisse Ray


Wednesday, April 24

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Union Plaza – Sustainability Fair (POSTPONED TO FRIDAY, APRIL 26)

5:30 p.m., Bryant Hall (second floor)– “The Color of Environmental Racism” panel discussion. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with panel starting at 6 p.m.


Thursday, April 25

Noon-1 p.m., 4-5 p.m. – Medicinal Plant Garden tour and open house. Private tours are being scheduled throughout the day for student and faculty groups.


Friday, April 26

7:30-10 a.m., Union Plaza – Breakfast

10 a.m., Second Baptist Church – Arbor Day ceremony

7 p.m., Jackson Avenue Center – Eco-Fashion Show

Leaders in Sustainability Honored During Green Week 2012

 TVA’s David Sparks, UM Vice Chancellor for Research and Sponsored Programs Alice Clark, Taylor Cook, Trey McCain and Oxford Mayor George “Pat” Patterson at the Sustainability Leadership Awards during Green Week.

Members of the University of Mississippi and Oxford community who have shown outstanding leadership in sustainability were honored at the third annual Sustainability Leadership Awards at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center on April 18. During the event, which was part of Green Week, Alice Clark, UM vice chancellor for research and sponsored programs, and Oxford Mayor George “Pat” Patterson delivered keynote addresses, citing efforts by the university and city communities to advance sustainable practices and awareness.

“Progress appears in small steps,” said Jim Morrison, director of the UM Office of Campus Sustainability. “I believe we can agree that a healthy and thriving community arises from an engaged and knowledgeable population. Oftentimes, solutions to a community’s issue come from the community itself. It’s exciting to be part of a partnership between the university and city with individuals who have a passion for making a difference.”

The 2012 SLA recipients are Taylor Cook, a public policy leadership and Spanish major from Memphis and recipient of the prestigious Morris K. Udall Scholarship for her environmental work; Trey McCain, a graduate student in modern languages who has been actively involved in the Oxford Community Garden and is a founding leader of the North Central chapter of the Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute of Mississippi; and Missy Hopkins, owner of the Green Door Co. in Oxford, who launched the Be Green with the Green Door Co. campaign. The campaign included the Earth Day Technology Initiative, which encouraged local residents to stop by the business and drop off their old computers and other unwanted technology items to be recycled or refurbished and donated to local school districts.

Also during the ceremony, the UM chapter of the Tri-Delta sorority was awarded the Green Cup for incorporating eco-friendly practices within campus groups. Tri-Delta eliminated Styrofoam to-go plates and introduced reusable water bottles in its house, presented an eco-project on waste reduction, replaced paper forms with online sign-in sheets and order forms, and created a recycling program within the sorority.

“I hope that these nominees and winners inspire us to the goal of promoting sustainability,” Patterson said. “The beauty of this community is that even a small initiative can be felt.”

Patterson and Clark spoke about sustainability strides in the community, including the Oxford University Transit buses and UM’s newly opened Insight Park, a research park that has been designed to earn silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. David Sparks, TVA Mississippi manager for energy efficiency, also addressed the audience during the event.

Green Week, created in 2009, is a collaboration between UM and Oxford to promote sustainability awareness through activities for all ages. Recipients of the SLAs are nominated by community members and reviewed by a board of the previous year’s winners.

For more information on Green Week, visit

Green Week Activities Include Potluck, Yoga, Sustainability Fair

OXFORD, Miss. – The third annual Green Week, a sustainability awareness celebration hosted by the University of Mississippi and the city of Oxford, kicks off April 15 and culminates with an Earth Day in the Park event April 22.

Coordinated through the UM Office of Campus Sustainability and various community organizations, the weeklong event offers a range of activities including a sustainability fair on the UM campus, an eco-fashion show at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center sponsored by Campus for Clean Energy and kid-tailored events such as after-school crafts and kids’ yoga.

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Ole Miss Green Week: Bioswale

Watch video of the Bioswale.




Jeff McManus (pointing), director of landscape services at the University of Mississippi, shows off the university’s new bioswale Monday morning near Crosby Hall as part of the university’s Green Week 2009 activities. A bioswale uses rocks and plants to slow rainwater runoff to help purify water and reduce erosion. University officials plan to use more of the features to help control runoff problems in other areas of campus. UM photo by Robert Jordan.



Ole Miss Green Week 2009 Begins Monday with Water Conservation Day

Miss. – The University of Mississippi kicks off Green Week 2009 Monday
(April 20) with a focus on water – how to use less of it and save money
in the process.

With each day’s special activities planned
around a theme, opening day is dubbed Water Conservation Day and the
featured event is the unveiling of a bioswale near Crosby Hall,
scheduled for 10:30 a.m.

The bioswale uses rocks, plants and
other landscaping elements to slow down rainwater runoff on the
hillside near the residence hall. That, in turn, will curb soil erosion
and help other plants grow, said UM landscaping director Jeff McManus.

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