Oxford and University Green Week

University of Mississippi

Green Week Challenge: Learn & Do

Complete at least one act in this category as part of the Green Week
Challenge. To start,
download the Green Week Challenge Card or pick up a hard copy at various locations on campus and in Oxford.   

Did you know that you have the power to make a difference in your community and the world? This category of the Green Week Challenge highlights the importance of learning about sustainability and taking actions to make a change! Complete at least one act of green from the list below.

Click the act you’d like to learn more about or scroll down for additional information.

Share your definition of sustainability

Volunteer at the Woodlawn-Davis Workday

Calculate your carbon footprint

Make a donation to your favorite sustainable organization

Attend UM Master Plan Lunch & Learn


Share your definition of sustainability   

Document this Act of Green: Share your definition on a social media outlet of your choice using #GreenWeekChallenge

Sustainability is applicable to all aspects of life, from our social systems to our food systems. What does sustainability mean to you? Take a few moments to really think about the concept, and share your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the #GreenWeekChallenge. Remember that there are no wrong answers. You can define sustainability broadly, or hone in on a specific aspect that means a lot to you like the environment or a community issue.

Additional resources

Sustainability was first defined in 1987 through the lens of sustainable development. Read more about this definition here. 

University of Mississippi students drafted the definition used by the UM Office of Sustainability based on literature reviews and research. It reads:

Sustainability is a multi-disciplinary, problem-solving approach to creating a social system that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the needs of future generations or the needs of the ecological systems in which humans exist. By fostering education that encourages responsible and equitable management of our environmental, social and economic resources, the sustainability framework challenges our university to consider the interdependent nature of our lives, the natural environment, our communities and the economy and especially the improvement of these relationships. 

Volunteer at the Woodlawn-Davis Nature Center Workday

Document this Act of Green: Bring your Green Week Challenge card to the event to receive a stamp.

Why it’s important

Volunteering your time is a great way to give back to your community and take action on issues that are important to you. Volunteers at Woodlawn-Davis Nature Center do work that could not be accomplished otherwise. As a volunteer at this event, you’ll learn to identify and remove invasive plant species.

What is an invasive species?
An invasive species is any species of plant or animal that inhabits a region to which it is not indigenous. Invasive species are harmful because they create competition for local species by taking over habitat and resources. At Woodlawn Davis, volunteers are a vital part of removing Chinese privet, a plant that spreads quickly and takes resources from local plant species, like American Holly.

About Woodlawn Davis Nature Center
Woodlawn Davis Nature Center, located at the corner of Anderson Road and West Oxford Loop, is Oxford’s first habitat park. The goal of the Woodlawn Davis Nature Center is to create a public park with educational programming that exhibits a series of biologically enriched native habitats, highlights plant and animal species indigenous to this area and focuses on conservation and sustainability. The park will also provide environmental remediation for nearby development, creating a space that serves both people and nature.

Learn more about this event here.

Calculate your carbon footprint

Document this Act of Green: Email your results to green@olemiss.edu.

Use this quiz to calculate your carbon footprint! Be sure to e-mail your results to green@olemiss.edu.

Why it’s important

A carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide or carbon compounds emitted each year from the consumption of fossil fuels used to support an individual’s lifestyle. Calculating a carbon footprint brings awareness to how certain lifestyle choices impact the environment over others. For example, when selecting your form of transportation, you can see that riding a bike contributes much less to your overall carbon footprint than driving a car. After calculating your footprint, you will see a list of actions that you can take to lower the amount of fossil fuels you use. Calculate your carbon footprint here.

Make a donation to your favorite sustainable organization

Document this Act of Green: Share with your friends on a social media outlet of your choice using #GreenWeekChallenge.

One way to advance sustainability in our community is to financially support groups and organizations working on sustainability related projects. If you’re not sure which organization to donate to, check out the list below. The local organizations listed below work hard to advance sustainability in Oxford and on the University of Mississippi campus in the realm of food, conservation, biodiversity, waste reduction, social sustainability and more. Any donation—no matter how big or small—will help accomplish their goals!

Community & Regional OrganizationsGood Food for Oxford Schools, Oxford Community Garden; Oxford Community Market, Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network, Sustainable Oxford, Strawberry Plains Audubon Center & Woodlawn Davis Nature Center.

Campus Organizations – UM Green Fund (students – click here; employees & community members – click here); UM Compost Program (click here and be sure to enter “Compost Program” in the “Comments or Other Instructions” box)

Did we leave an organization off of the list? E-mail us at green@olemiss.edu and we’ll add it to the list.

Attend UM Master Plan Lunch & Learn

Document this Act of Green: Bring your Green Week Challenge card to the event to receive a stamp

University architect Ian Banner, AIA, will discuss “UM Master Plan for the Oxford Campus: A Sustainable Vision of Campus Development” at 12:15 p.m. on April 20 in Lamar 323.

Banner, who is also the director of Facilities Planning and the Office of Sustainability will talk on the newly updated UM Master Plan, which guide’s the university’s growth. The plan emphasizes sustainability through multiple elements including land form, hydrology, natural systems, land use, space needs, landscape, infrastructure and mobility. Sustainability is also woven throughout the master plan in social and mission elements, such as overall sense of place and community issues.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches and their questions.

Learn more about this event here.

To learn more about the Green Week Challenge, click here. Questions? E-mail green@olemiss.edu.

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