Oxford and University Green Week

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Green Week Challenge: Transportation & Energy

You must complete at least one activity from the list below as part of the Green Week Challenge. To get started, download the Green Week Challenge Card or pick up a hard copy at various locations in Oxford and on campus. 

Transportation accounts for 29 percent of all greenhouse gases in the United States. How do your transportation choices affect the environment? This category of the Green Week Challenge highlights the importance of sustainable transportation choices and energy use reduction as well as  what you can do to lower your impact on the environment. Complete at least one transportation or energy-related act of green from the list below.

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

Ride an O.U.T. bus

Locate an Ole Miss Zipcar

Bike or walk when you’d usually drive a car

Pick up an energy savings grab bag from North East Electric

Visit the UM Bike Shop

Ride an O.U.T. bus

Document this Act of Green: Take a photo of yourself on the bus and post it to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using the #GreenWeekChallenge.

Why it’s important

Using public transportation decreases the amount of cars on the road while helping to lower carbon emissions and air pollution. Bus transit produces 33% less greenhouse gas emissions per passenger mile than an average single-occupancy vehicle. By riding the bus you are choosing a more fuel efficient form of transportation (and you don’t have to look for a parking spot!).

Oxford-University Transit

Bus lines run throughout Oxford and the University every day from 6 a.m.- 9 p.m. The fare is $1 for adults and is free for Ole Miss students, staff and faculty with a valid Ole Miss ID. A list of each bus lines’ locations and pick up times can be found here.

Locate an Ole Miss Zipcar

Found a Zipcar! #GreenWeekChallenge

Document this Act of Green: Take a photo of yourself next to the Zipcar and post it to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using the #GreenWeekChallenge. Location hint: Check the rearview mirror for a view of Odom Hall.

Why it’s important

Zipcar is a car sharing service that allows students, faculty, and staff to borrow a car for an hour or the day at a low rate. This provides people with the opportunity to get around within and outside of Oxford without needing to own a personal car. According to the US Department of Transportation, there are about 260 million cars registered in the United States. Car sharing lowers the number of cars on the road and is a great way to save money.  Zipcar is an alternative transportation option that complements the O.U.T. bus system by giving you the flexibility to use a car when you need one.

Hint: Where to find the Zipcars

Ole Miss has two Zipcars. When parked, you can see Odom Hall in the rearview mirror.

Bike or walk when you’d usually drive in a car

Had a great time biking to campus today! #GreenWeekChallenge

Document this Act of Green: Take a photo of yourself biking or walking and post it to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using the #GreenWeekChallenge.

Why it’s important

Biking and walking are beneficial for both your health and the environment! Reducing drive time helps to lower fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, for ever mile pedaled rather than driven, nearly one pound of carbon dioxide is saved, according to the League of American Bicyclists. Remember that a bike is a vehicle, and you are expected to follow the rules of the road.

Additional resources:

Biking in Oxford
Biking Safety Tips

Pick up an energy savings grab bag from North East Electric

Document this Act of Green: Bring your card to North East Electric and receive a stamp!

Location & Hours

North East Mississippi Electric Power Association (10 PR 2050) is located at the intersection of Hwy 7 and Hwy 30. Click here for directions and a Google map of how to get there.  Pick up your energy-savings grab bag and giveaways Monday – Thursday from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Why it’s important 

There are multiple reasons why energy efficiency is important. More than half of energy used in the U.S. is produced from non-renewable resources like coal, petroleum and natural gas—this means that when they’re used up, we can’t produce more. Additionally, energy use creates greenhouse gases, whether that be in the form of powering a vehicle or powering a large institution like a university. Luckily, it’s easy to reduce your energy use, benefit the environment and save money!

Quick facts:

Additional resources:

Energy Efficiency tips 

TVA Kids – How You Can Save Energy 

Facts about Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

Visit the Ole Miss Bike Shop

Document this Act of Green: Bring your Green Week Challenge card and recieve a stamp at the Bike Shop.

Location & Hours

The Ole Miss Bike Shop is located on the Kennon Observatory loop, behind Lewis Hall. It’s operating hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Why it’s important

The Bike Shop on campus allows students, faculty, and staff to rent, repair, and register bikes at a low cost. This helps to encourage people to choose biking as a more sustainable form of transportation around campus and the community. Riding a bike rather than driving is important for your health, the environment and even your wallet!

Health – Just three hours of biking per week can reduce your risk of heart disease by 50 percent.*

Environment – Half of the U.S. population lives within five miles of their workplace. For every mile pedaled rather than driven, nearly one pound of carbon dioxide is saved.*

Financial – The average annual operating expense of a bicycle is just $308, versus more than $8,000 for a car.*

Get more information at Bike Ole Miss.

*Sources: “Bike to Work,” a brochure prepared by League of American Bicyclists (bikeleague.org); “May is National Bike Month,” a brochure prepared by the League of American Bicyclists; US Environmental Protection Agency, 2009

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

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