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Project Green Challenge Tour to Make Stop at Southern Miss April 26-27

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The University of Southern Mississippi joins an elite group of campuses nationwide selected as host sites for the Project Green Challenge Conscious College Road Tour set for April 26-27.

The tour is part of an initiative sponsored by Teens Turning Green, a national student-led movement devoted to education and advocacy around environmentally sustainable and socially responsible choices for individuals, schools and communities.

Organization members will visit 12 select university campuses to inform, raise awareness and inspire conscious living. Other universities tapped for visits include: Harvard, Rice, Colorado and UCLA.

“To be recognized and chosen for the Project Green Challenge Tour is an absolute honor,” said Haley McMinn, assistant director of Sustainability at Southern Miss. “Currently, we have a great foundation of sustainability initiatives on campus. This program will allow us to expand those ideas and truly create one strong, unified voice from all corners of the University.”

The two-day event will include three distinct components:

  • The Conscious Information Station: This is essentially a tabling activity set for Shoemaker Square. Project Green Challenge representatives will engage students, staff and faculty in conversation regarding green lifestyle tips. Many materials will also be available that promote conscious living.
  • Town Hall Meeting: A motivational speaker (to be selected later) will open the event. The primary focus is a massive brainstorming session with key participants in one room to focus on current sustainability efforts at Southern Miss.
  • Freshman Green 15 Project: This project is designed to raise awareness about conscious living and mindful consumption for incoming freshmen and to develop opportunities for sustainable actions on campus. An electronic FG15 Welcome Packet will include Eco Tips for Sustainable College Living; Back to School Green Packing List and a Green 15 Survival Kit.

A new campus organization called Sustainability Advocates played a pivotal role in motivating Project Green Challenge to schedule a stop on the Southern Miss campus. Club founder and President Katrina Kanuer submitted a compelling application that helped secure the visit.

“In my application I urged PGC to make a stop here because I felt we needed them now more than ever,” she said. “More and more students are starting to become aware of what sustainability is and want to learn more about how they can help. I believe their presence at Southern Miss will help get people excited about going green.”

To learn more about the Office of Sustainability at Southern Miss, call 601.266.5687 or visit: http://www.usm.edu/green. For more information about the Project Green Challenge Road Tour visit: http://www.teensturninggreen.org/programs/pgc-conscious-college-road-tour/