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Ole Miss Eighth Annual Green Week Off To A Lively Start

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Since 2009, Green Week has brought the University of Mississippi’s community together to bring awareness to living a sustainable lifestyle.

Green Week started off with a Tree Trail Walk throughout campus.

Anne McCauley, the assistant director at the Office of Sustainability said, “Trees are a really big part of this campus, I think more than we realize on a day-to-day basis. We wanted to do an event to help students connect to the value that trees have on our campus.”

Lindsey Abernathy, the project coordinator for the Office of Sustainability, said, “With Green Week we are just looking for a way to engage people more about sustainability and the importance of the environment. We want our events to be very interactive, but also have some educational component.”

This week, the Office of Sustainability has put together an exhibit so that students can read educational fun facts and learn more about the consequences of food waste.

Abernathy said, “Each year for the past three years, we have constructed an art project that goes out on campus for the whole week.”

The exhibit has everyone’s attention and it seems to be getting the attention that the staff wanted.

Herbert Moore, a student at the University of Mississippi, said, “This is really creative and caught my eye from my actual classroom. This was a great way to get people to realize that portion sizes aren’t just healthy for you, but also for the environment.”

Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 1.12.06 PM“I think the exhibit has been successful each year because it draws a lot of attention. We see a lot of students stop to see the educations signs that accompany it,” said Abernathy.

Wednesday, the Office of Sustainability conducted the popular Sustainability Fair which had vendors explain the importance of buying sustainable food from local farmers, showed students how to be more energy efficient, and inspired students and faculty to live a more resource-conscious lifestyle.

Elise Mimms is a senior broadcast journalism major at The Meek School of Journalism and New Media. She can be reached at enmimms@go.olemiss.edu.

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