Three local people were awarded the 2012 Green Week Sustainability Leadership Award Wednesday night during a ceremony at the Powerhouse. Trey McCain, Taylor Cook and Missy Hopkins beat out eight other finalist to be honored for their work promoting sustainable living in Oxford. (April 20, 2012, Page 2A)
TVA is partnering with the city of Oxford, the University of Mississippi and local power distributors to promote to Kick-Off Energy Efficiency Challenge. The challenge offers four viable energy saving options to members of TVA in an effort to save money, energy and the environment. (April 19, 2011, Page 1A)
New recycling bins to help expand campus recycling will be in place this spring after the city received a $100,000 grant to work with the University of Mississippi. (January 5, 2011, Page 1)
How to build a sustainable Oxford is the topic of discussion underway now with the Sustainability Conference Monday through Wednesday. Issues and areas of concern were explored at the conference’s opening town hall meeting Monday evening at the Lyric Theater and members of the Sustainability Design Assessment Team oversaw the process. (November 2, 2010, Page 1)
Whatever a business may do to go green, the members of the new Smart Business Alliance are available to provide encouragement and assistance. The inaugural meeting of the Smart Business Alliance on Tuesday had members discussing a variety of ideas on how to better organize and inform the community. (July 28, 2010, Page 1)
A preliminary visit from the Sustainable Design Assessment Team wrapped up Tuesday as part of a larger study of how to make Oxford a more sustainable community. A team selected by the American Institute of Architects will work with city leaders and a steering committee to identify strategies to control sprawl and encourage compact development. (July 21, 2010, Page 1)
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.
Perhaps one of your neighbors has been capturing his or her rainwater to help their garden for years. Maybe your boss is devoted to recycling and encourages others to do the same. Whoever they are, they could be eligible for a new Sustainability Leadership award.
The Green Week Committee is accepting nominations to provide awards during the April 19-23 Green Week celebrations.