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Melanie Addington

Building blocks to green lifestyle

Sustainable design encompasses a variety of green and social philosophies to create a community open to everyone with as little a carbon footprint as possible. The Oxford EAGLE concludes its five-part series on sustainability with today’s report on local builders who are making the green-construction theory an affordable reality.

 (April 23, 2010, Page 1A)

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    New Double Decker music schedule

    Due to the threat of severe weather from morning to mid-day Saturday, the Double Decker Arts Festival’s music lineup is being split into two days, with most local acts appearing Sunday afternoon. All bands will be performing on the North Stage.

    (more…) (April 22, 2010)

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      City clears clutter caused by cables

      A $1 million project to put electric wires underground along University Avenue in the works for more than a year is now complete. (April 22, 2010, Page 1)

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        Leading the Green

        While admitting he had to be dragged into green interests, Mayor Pat Patterson said those who led him that way were right and he challenged the community to reach a 50 percent recycling goal by next year. The city currently has close to 41 percent recycling rates based on the number of residences within city limits. Patterson also offered the university a recycling bin that will be picked up for free by the city. The Mayor was on hand along with Chancellor Dan Jones to honor local sustainability leaders.

        (more…) (April 22, 2010, Page 1)

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          Cost of death penalty

          With the news that the Mississippi attorney general’s office is requesting permission to hold three executions during the month of May, staff writer Melanie Addington takes a look at the death penalty and what its effects cost communities and the state. (April 22, 2010, Page 4)

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            Small steps save energy

            To help with understanding how small green changes can make a big impact, both on the environment and on your wallet, today’s Green Week activities are focused on helping with energy audits. Outside the student union, members of Habitat For Humanity is working with low-income residents in the Oxford area to provide free consultations and upgrades to lower electric bills. Several university buildings are also competing to see who can reduce their energy consumption the most. A workshop on energy conservation will be open to the community at 2:30 today which looks at the many ways to reduce the amount of energy consumed.

             (April 21, 2010, Page 1)

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              Will hot dog cart remain?

              A law aimed at cracking down on transient vendors is on hold as the Oxford Board of Aldermen tries to figure out how to word the measure in a way that it doesn’t harm small businesses, such as the popular hot dog cart frequently parked outside the Freeland Law Firm. (April 21, 2010, Page 1)

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                Thacker backers to stage radio play Thursday

                To help raise funds for Thacker Mountain Radio and to kick off his eighth novel, “Infamous,” local author Ace Atkins is presenting a vintage radio-style serial with a host of local actors who will bring the book’s characters to life on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Lyric Theater. Also featured in Oxford Town(April 21, 2010, Page 1)

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                  Local equity organizations celebrate Equal Pay Day

                  In honor of Equal Pay Day, the Sarah Isom Center is hosting a brown bag lecture on April 26 at noon in the Faulkner Room in the Archives and Special Collections on the third floor of the J.D. Williams Library. The lecture, “Gender Gap in Retirement Wealth in honor of Equal Pay Day,” will be presented by Yunhee Chang. (April 20, 2010, Page 7)

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                    Walking the walk

                    The theme of this year’s Green Week, hosted by the city of Oxford and University of Mississippi, is “walk the walk,” which is well suited for one of the main concepts in Sustainability: Transportation. Sustainable living, as defined by the Earth Policy Institute, is “shifting to a renewable energy-based, reuse/recycle economy with a diversified transport system.”
                    A challenge to all community members this week comes from the Green Week pledge drive at the Student Union. Members of Oxford, Lafayette County and the university are encouraged to pledge to use an alternative means of transportation at least one day a week. While this could include biking or walking to work or using the OUT bus, it could also mean sharing a ride to work with someone else.

                     (April 20, 2010, Page 1)

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