2019 Sustainability Fair Vendors and Organizations
The Office of Sustainability is excited to feature the following groups at the Sustainability Fair during Green Week 2019! The Sustainability Fair will be happening Thursday, April 25th from 10 A.M – 1 P.M on the Galtney-Lott Plaza.
Jim Keras Subaru, this year’s Green Week sponsor, is located in Memphis and was started in 1978 to service customers in the Mid-South. Subaru sells new and used vehicles and is committed to the Subaru Love Promise, which involves making the world a better place by respecting all people, our resources, and our world. The Office of Sustainability thanks Jim Keras Subaru for their important support, which makes Green Week possible!
Lauren Klimetz is the mastermind behind Oxsicles, where she sells handcrafted healthy ice pops made with fresh, all natural ingredients in Oxford. The pops are made with locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, and sweetened with Mardis Honey. She offers a large variety of flavors, and most pops are dairy free!
Oxford Community Market (OXCM) is a weekly Mississippi Certified Farmers Market held at the Old Armory Pavilion on Tuesdays from 3-6:30 P.M. from April to December. Their season kick-off happening on Tuesday, April 23 this year. In addition to providing a venue for local farmers and vendors to sell their goods, the market aims to address food insecurity by making healthy, local food more accessible to every member of our community. OXCM hosts a variety of vendors, from Yokna Bottoms Farm to Civitello’s Sorbet & Italian Ice to Bottle Tree Poultry Farm.
Ole Miss Outdoors (OMOD) is offered through the Department of Campus Recreation. The program aims to get students, faculty, staff, and community members alike out into the great outdoors through a variety of inclusive outdoor recreation opportunities, such as taking a group to Zion over Spring Break. OMOD encourages adventure, environmental awareness & education, and personal development through its activities.
NEMEPA is a rural electric cooperative that services parts of five counties around Oxford, maintaining lines in a 920-square-mile service area. They provide electricity to a number of farms as well as residential, commercial, and industrial members. NEMEPA offers Green Power, which provides power off-the-grid (i.e. solar power)!
The North Mississippi VISTA Project at the University of Mississippi works toward creating sustainable systems throughout Mississippi. They develop projects in high-needs areas throughout 23 counties to help connect UM and its resources to these low-income communities. They seek dynamic individuals to serve as Volunteers in Service to America (VISTAs) through summer associate positions, yearlong VISTA positions, and VISTA leader positions.
RebelWell is a campus and community wellness program at the University of Mississippi designed to be a resource for employees, students, and the community. RebelWell encourages sustainable behaviors that increase health and improve quality of life through various incentives and programs, such as free weekly Yoga in the Gallery.
The University of Mississippi Food Bank aims to help with the problem of student food insecurity and is open to all university students, regardless of financial status. Students’ information remains confidential, and no identifying information is taken down. A variety of foods as well as toiletries and other items are offered. The Food Bank is located in Kinard 213 and has changing hours depending on the semester.
The University of Mississippi Field Station is a facility rooted in research and education that services a variety of populations, including faculty and students, public and private schools, government agencies, and the broader Mid-South community. The Station aims to foster ecosystem stewardship and includes a Center for Water and Wetland Resources. The Field Station is located on a 740-acre site 11 miles northeast of the UM Oxford campus.
The pilot Compost Program at the University of Mississippi began in Fall 2013 after a student proposed the project to the Green Fund and received funding for it. The program collects food waste three times a week from campus dining facilities such as the Grill at 1810, Rebel Market, the Residential Colleges, Lenoir Dining, and others. The program holds various composting events, such as Sift-A-Thons, Food Day events, and Composting with the UM Food Bank.
The University of Mississippi Garden Club was established in Fall 2015. The club meets once a week to weed, plant, and harvest in the garden located behind the Residential College South Building. The members of the club use compost provided by the Office of Sustainability Compost Program to grow fresh produce for themselves and for the UM Food Bank.
The Gotcha Bike program has locations all over the U.S., and the University of Mississippi is one of them! This program provides accessible active transportation for students, faculty, staff, and community members around Oxford. To ride a bike, just stop by one of the hubs, reserve a bike using the Social Bicycles app, release the bike with a code, ride for up to two hours for free every day, and then return it!
Beginning in the Oxford area in 2010, Mardis Honey started with the elder Mardises selling honey after bee keeping on and off throughout their lives. Now, as the business was passed on to the next generation in 2016, Karen (Mardis) Lafferty, Andrew Lafferty, and their two children run the business. They sell a variety of sizes and styles of honey, and it is always 100% pure, raw, and local.
Harris Family Farm is operated by David and Gladne Harris in Water Valley and has been Certified Naturally Grown for 11 years. They only use sustainable practices on their farm and don’t bring in any outside materials to put in the garden, meaning no chemicals or pesticides and generation of their own fertilizer, mulch, and compost. Their major produce is gourmet garlic, and they grow seed for seed companies as well.
Located in Holly Springs, SPAC is more than a conservation and nature center. Sisters Ruth Finley and Margaret Finley Shackelford entrusted their property to The National Audubon Society with a vision of protecting wildlife and conserving their habitats from an ever-growing urban area. Through education and demonstration, Strawberry Plains offers a wide variety of opportunities to engage in and practice ecological stewardship. This year, SPAC will be promoting the new campus Magnolia Grove Audubon chapter–an opportunity for students to get involved in conservation right here at UM!
The CICCE is a resource that aims to provide programs and services that promote an inclusive experience to all people at the University of Mississippi. The center is designed to help students better understand and connect with their own identity and culture through open and ongoing conversations. They work to create a supportive and inclusive campus environment through programs such as Black History Month, Women’s History Month, and LGBTQ+ History Month.
Chicory Market is a local community grocery started by Kate Bishop and John Martin in Fall 2017. It offers a grocery section with locally-sourced food and a hygiene section with brands such as Mrs. Meyer’s. Chicory also operates a commissary-style kitchen that local food makers can rent out for cooking. The market offers gluten-free options, vegetarian meals, and meat-eating meals and accepts Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) and food stamps.
City of Oxford Recycling manages all of Oxford/Lafayette County’s recycling. They accept corrugated cardboard, mixed paper, white paper, aluminum cans, steel cans, and plastic bottles #1 and #2; they offer curbside recycling in most areas and have three drop-off locations as well. Oxford Recycling partners with the Office of Sustainability through a variety of events and programs, such as our Green Grove program.
Good Food for Oxford Schools (GFOS) aims to promote locally sourced foods and healthy food choices in Oxford’s school cafeterias and classrooms. They educate students about nutrition and where their food comes from through programs like Carrot Camp and FoodCorps’ Sprout Scouts. Gardens are integrated into the students’ learning environment, and GFOS partners with the Office of Sustainability on events such as Food Day.
The Maynard W. Quimby MPG maintains a diverse medicinally important living plant collection. They work to promote conservation of these valuable plant species and support and enhance relevant drug discovery research being done by the School of Pharmacy at the University of Mississippi. The garden offers scheduled, guided tours to interested groups of varying sizes.
Located in Lester Hall, the Department of Parking and Transportation was formed in 2012. The department is the resource hub for everything parking and transportation related, including O.U.T. buses, bike rental programs, and the bike share program. They operate out of a sustainability mindset and aim to offer well-managed parking and transportation services to all members and visitors of the University of Mississippi.
The Associated Student Body at the university recently added a Sustainability Committee in Fall 2018. It is led by the ASB Director of Sustainability and the members of the ASB Sustainability Board. This group works towards educating the campus on sustainability initiatives, planning events that promote a greener campus, and drafting legislation for the ASB senate. Members do not have to be a part of ASB.
The University of Mississippi local student chapter of SMACS seeks to foster an exchange of ideas amongst students in the chemical sciences and encourages/ assists students considering careers within the field. It allows students to engage as well as have a voice in the national community of chemists through outreach activities with local high schools, middle schools, and organizations like the Boy Scouts of America as well as networking opportunities. SMACS will be talking about the chemistry of paper & how it’s recycled as part of Chemists Celebrate Earth Week 2019.
The University of Mississippi Beekeepers Club was established in Spring 2018. They originally started within the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, working closely with Dean and novice beekeeper himself Douglass Sullivan-González. However, all students are now welcome to join. Members of the club have recently started raising bees in hives that they assembled and installed nucleus colonies in themselves.
Founded in March 2019 by Libby Hufham, The Earth Policy Alliance is a brand new joint organization between the University of Mississippi Law School and undergraduates! They advocate for our Earth by working to influence public policy reflecting nature’s right amongst Ole Miss’s community. They want to work with law students and the community in promoting the “Three C’s” — clean air, clean water, and clean land.