Carbon Footprint

 

climate_action_plan.pdf

2014

  • USM reports to the ACUPCC an updated Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory showing a baseline comparison decrease in overall Carbon Dioxide equivalent of 28,748 metric tons meeting the 2015 25% reduction goal early.
  • USM ranks in the top 36% of 365 participating schools for collecting the highest gross tonnage of recyclables (136,337 pounds).

2013

  • Information Technology Department implements public computing remote power down program.
  • USM was selected as 1 of 17 institutions of higher learning to participate in the Project Green Challenge Road Tour.
  • USM officials, dignitaries and students hold formal groundbreaking ceremonies for Century Park South, the school's second residential community to be LEED Certified.

2012

  • USM establishes the Southern Miss Farmers' Market providing students, staff, faculty and community members access to locally grown food and products.
  • The Princeton Review’s 322 Green Colleges ranks Southern Miss one of the most environmentally responsible facilities in the nation.
  • USM featured in Business Officers Magazine
  • USM receives Tree Campus USA designation by the Arbor Day Foundation.

2011

  • The university's Century Park residential complex receives Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification in September. The LEED certification was established by the U.S. Green Building Council and is verified by the Green Building Certification Institute.
  • USM reports to the ACUPCC an updated Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory showing a decrease in overall Carbon Dioxide equivalent of 3,324 metric tons.
  • USM designs and implements the first ever game day recycling at The Rock.

 2010

  • President Dr. Martha Saunders signs USM’s Climate Action Plan, incorporating more than 170 mitigation strategies, to enable the University to achieve its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.
  • USM ranks in the top 40% of 382 participating schools for collecting the highest gross tonnage of recyclables (119,660 pounds or 60 tons).
  • The University offers 35 courses related to sustainability and environmental awareness.
  • The Princeton Review’s 286 Green Colleges ranks Southern Miss one of the most environmentally responsible facilities in the nation and the only such recognized school in Mississippi.

 2009

  • USM establishes and implements its Summer, Holiday and Spring Break Energy Curtailment Program, reducing building temperatures through the Building Management Systems to provide significant energy and emission savings.
  • The University also develops the EcoEagle Lug-A-Mug program, which allows individuals to purchase reusable bottles and refill them at a discounted cost to encourage waste reduction.
  • USM officials, dignitaries and students hold formal groundbreaking ceremonies for Century Park, the state’s first residential community to be LEED Gold Certified. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a standard created by the U.S. Green Building Council.

2008

  • On Earth Day, 2008, President Martha Saunders signs the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)
  • The facility operations and maintenance staff implement energy-saving strategies including time clocks, programmable thermostats and lighting controls.
  • The EcoEagle Bike program launches to encourage students to bike to campus instead of driving and provide all interested parties with a free bike, which must be returned at the end of each semester.