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Office of Sustainability

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Sustainability at the University of Southern Mississippi

One of the most important initial steps Southern Mississippi has taken towards sustainability is its participation in the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The signing of this commitment in 2008 by President Saunders effectively marked USM’s formal entrance into a green initiative.

Vision Statement

The University of Southern Mississippi will strive to become a model of sustainable thought and practice within our state and region. Through development of ideas and programs, we will encourage healthy dialogue, forward thinking, and behaviors that instill a collective awareness and concern of how our impact affects future generations. 

Mission Statement

Our operations will function, at all times, in mindful accordance with the tenets of sustainability and we will leverage our strength as a research institution to encourage thought leadership, knowledge communities, and innovation within the realm of sustainability.



The Office of Sustainability has two full-time employees and generally two to four student employees.  The office is located at 3403 Morningside Drive, next to the Center for Child Development. 


Melissa Olsen

Manager of Sustainable Operations

Phone: 601.266.4750



Alice Legg

Recycling Coordinator

Phone: 601.266.6801


Contact Us

Office of Sustainability
118 College Dr. #5219 Hattiesburg, MS 39406
3403 Morningside Dr.

Hattiesburg Campus

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