Office of Sustainability

University of Mississippi

Student Sustainability Opportunities

Green Grove Team Leaders and volunteers smile for a picture. They are holding stickers and wearing their volunteer shirts as they are about to conduct outreach in the Grove.

Green Grove Team Leaders and volunteers smile for a picture. They are holding stickers and wearing their volunteer shirts as they are about to conduct outreach in the Grove.


We have regularly occurring volunteer opportunities through the Green Grove and UM Compost programs, but we also occasionally have other opportunities as well, including work days at the Woodlawn-Davis Nature Center. If you are interested in volunteering but don’t know where to begin, or if you would like to inquire about a particular opportunity, email

Join a student group

The University is home to several sustainability-related student groups, like the UM Garden Club, UM Beekeepers, and the Magnolia Grove Campus Audubon Chapter. Learn more about these student groups. 

Serve as a leader

Our office offers several leadership positions through the Green Grove Team Leader Program and the UM Green Fund committee.


The Office of Sustainability employs student interns each semester to work on its initiatives as a part of the Green Student Intern Program (GSIP). These internships are paid opportunities that span a wide variety of topics. Internships offer valuable opportunities for personal and professional development.

Take a sustainability-related class

Students help plant a tree as a part at annual Arbor Day Celebration

Students help plant a tree at the annual Arbor Day Celebration

The Environmental Studies program at the university offers an exciting, multidisciplinary minor that focuses on diverse aspects of environmental thought, research, and awareness.

The Disaster Studies program offers an interdisciplinary minor that exposes students to the science and practice in fields such as emergency management and disaster mental health.

Propose a project

Do you have an idea for a sustainability-related project? Get it funded through the UM Green Fund! The Green Fund supports innovative sustainability projects on campus. Since its establishment in 2013, the Green Fund has awarded more than $58,000 of funding to 22 projects. Learn more here.

Attend an event

Our office plans fun, engaging sustainability events all year long. Popular events our office has facilitated in the past have included film screenings, interactive panels, farmers markets, and festivals. Check our calendar or subscribe to our newsletter to keep up with the latest events from our office.


Sustainability Tips


There are recycling bins in every academic building and almost every other building on campus. You can recycle #1 and #2 plastics, aluminum cans, cardboard, and mixed paper. Check out the recycling guide for more information about recycling on campus and in Oxford.

Many students, faculty and staff take advantage of the bicycle friendly roadways leading to the UM campus. Photo by Robert Jordan/Ole Miss Communications

Split your commute

There are many ways to get around the University and Oxford! Ride a bike, rent a car for a few hours, or ride the bus to get around. Learn more about alternative transportation options at the University of Mississippi.

Bring your own cup

The University of Mississippi creates about 400 tons of trash a day. Help reduce this amount by swapping single-use water bottles with a reusable one. The University has over 55 hydration stations on campus that make refilling your bottle easy and convenient!

Go meatless one day a week

Reduce the environmental impact of your diet by going meatless just one day a week! Learn more about vegetarian and vegan dining at the University of Mississippi.


Learn more about our office and sustainability at the University of Mississippi.