The Office of Sustainability facilitates the implementation of the Southern Miss Climate Action Plan by providing services to the campus community that ensures fulfillment of the institution's participation in the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).
While working to educate the Southern Miss campus on how to live a more sustainable and low-impact lifestyle, the department also strives to reduce the university's carbon footprint through university-wide recycling efforts, programs, and initiatives.
News and Announcements
Our office may be small, but we make a HUGE impact.
Check out the links below to stay up to date on recycling results, upcoming events, programs and initiatives.
The Southern Miss Office of Sustainability offers a monthly newsletter to keep our campus community informed on environmental matters as well as upcoming programs and initiatives To subscribe to our newsletter, please click the link below!
The Southern Miss recycling program is universal, comprehensive, single-stream, and desk-side. The items collected from residence halls and academic facilities, as well as the recycling drop off, all help reduce the university's environmental impact.
Diversion from Landfill (Weight by Year)
2018 -- 552,409
2017 -- 573,131
2016 -- 578,944
2015 -- 553,257
2014 -- 451,254
2013 -- 385,016
2012 -- 393,194
2011 -- 339,460
2010 -- 315,280
· Swing by Shoemaker Square from 11am-2pm Wednesday February 5th and Thursday February 6th to visit Swap Table! This event, hosted by the Office of Sustainability, provides a great opportunity to trade unwanted items for something you do want. Participating in the Swap Table helps to reduce your carbon footprint by extending the life cycle of goods and keeping usable material out of the landfill. We have a variety of items to choose from, including books, clothes, music, electronics, kitchen items, office and school supplies, makeup, jewelry, etc. It’s a “bring an item, take an item” event and its fun! For more information, email Melissa Covington-Olsen at email@example.com.