The University of Mississippi’s commitment to sustainability lies at the center of its values, as the institution’s creed states, “I believe in good stewardship of our resources.” UM has earned a spot in the Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges and is continually advancing sustainability, making it a frontrunner institution for sustainability in the state of Mississippi.
In 2008, UM established the Office of Sustainability, after Chancellor Emeritus Robert Khayat signed the American Colleges and President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Chancellor Dan Jones re-signed the commitment on Earth Day 2014, once again recognizing the University’s commitment to environmental sustainability. As signatories to the ACUPCC, the University of Mississippi has committed to developing an institutional action plan to achieve climate neutrality.
The University offers an minor in environmental studies as well as courses in topics related to sustainability spanning a variety of disciplines. Majorly renovated or newly constructed buildings are built to LEED standards, including the gold certified Robert C. Khayat Law Center.
In fall 2014, UM received an honorable mention Bicycle Friendly University designation from the League of American Bicyclists and was named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. Annual events at UM include Food Day, a celebration of local food featuring an on-campus farmers market and Green Week, a collection of events including a keynote speaker and Sustainability Fair focused on raising awareness of sustainability related issues among the campus community.