The University of Southern Mississippi recently received one of several 2009 Environmental Hero awards handed out by the Mississippi Recycling Coalition (MRC).
Each year the MRC collects nominations of businesses, organizations, agencies, schools and local governments from around the State of Mississippi that have excelled in recycling and environmental program efforts. The nominees are evaluated based upon the following criteria:
• Promotion of recycling as a way to create a better community
• Duration of environmental project(s)
• Practicing and improving awareness of environmental stewardship
• Improving community waste handling and environmental practices
“Obviously, we are thrilled to be named a Mississippi Environmental Hero,” said Larry Lee, director of the Office of Sustainability at Southern Miss. “This award is the result of two years of hard work based on a dynamic vision of the future for recycling in Mississippi.
“The most credit should be given to the staff of Southern Miss recycling and the custodial staff of the Physical Plant and Residence Life without whom the system simply would not be possible.”
Southern Miss received the 2009 Educational Institution Recycler of the Year Award from the MRC for being the first university in the state to offer a comprehensive single-stream campus-side recycling program. The Southern Miss initiative utilizes more than 4,000 recycling bins which are placed in classrooms, offices and dorms spread throughout the entire campus.
For more information about the Southern Miss recycling efforts visit www.usm.edu/green. For more information about the MRC and the Environmental Hero awards visit www.msrecycles.org/
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.