2020 Sustainability Fair Vendors and Organizations
The Office of Sustainability is excited to feature the following groups at the Sustainability Fair during Green Week 2020! The Sustainability Fair will be happening Thursday, April 23rd from 10 A.M – 1 P.M at the Galtney-Lott Plaza.
Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization that empowers people to exercise their own personal and political power. This is just one chapter out of hundreds around the world hoping to incite political change for a more sustainable world. Currently, they are focused on a specific piece of legislation, Carbon-Free, and Dividend, a policy that will reduce emissions, create jobs, and support small businesses.
City of Oxford Recycling
The 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.
Magnolia Grove Campus Audubon Chapter
The Magnolia Grove Campus Audubon Chapter seeks to create a culture of conservation by engaging in advocacy, conservation, and habitat creation projects in the UM community and beyond. They work to protect birds and the places they need today and tomorrow through education on the importance of biodiversity and by partnering with other campuses in Mississippi. Just as biodiversity strengthens natural systems, the diversity of the human experience strengthens our conservation efforts for the benefit of nature and human beings.
North MS VISTA Project
The North Mississippi VISTA Project at the University of Mississippi offers opportunities of service at non-profit organizations focusing on capacity building, alleviating poverty, building sustainable systems, and empowering communities. They develop projects in high-need areas throughout 28 counties to help connect UM and its resources to these low-income communities. They seek dynamic individuals to serve as Volunteers in Service of America (VISTAs) through summer associate positions, yearlong VISTA positions, and VISTA leader positions.
North East Mississippi Electric Power Association
NEMEPA is a rural electric cooperative that services parts of five countries 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).
Office of Sustainability Compost Program
The pilot compost program at the University of Mississippi began in the Fall of 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, Lenoir Dining, Rebel Market, and the Residential Colleges. The program holds various composting events, such as Sift-A-Tons, Food Day events, and composting with the UM Food Bank.
Ole Miss Outdoors
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.
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!
UM Food Bank
The University of Mississippi Food Bank aims to help with issues of student food insecurity and is open to all students, regardless of financial status. Students’ information remains confidential and no identifying information is recorded. A variety of foods, as well as toiletries and other items, are offered. The Food Bank is located in Kinard 213 and their hours can be located on their website.
UM Garden Club
The University of Mississippi Garden Club was established in the Fall of 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.