(JACKSON, MS) — The Mississippi Recycling Coalition (MRC) is pleased to announce the award of three Mississippi School Recycling Grants for 2014-2015 School Year to schools in Ackerman, Winona and Southaven, Mississippi. These grants are offered to all public and private schools teaching grade K-12 students in the State of Mississippi. The awards include a $1,000 cash award and a complimentary 1-year membership to the Coalition for each school. A panel of MRC members evaluated each school grant application received based on the reuse, recycling and composting components of the program; the amount of student leadership and student participation in the recycling program; the emphasis on educating students on the benefits of recycling; and the community involvement, participation, and outreach components of the program. Other components considered included the creativity of the program, technical design of the program, sustainability of the program, and maximization of resources within the program.
The Mississippi Recycling Coalition is sponsoring our annual "Recycling Awareness Day" at the State Capitol with an afternoon ice cream social for our State Legislators and staff starting at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in the First Floor Rotunda of the Capitol Building in Jackson, MS. This event is sponsored by MRC to help promote the benefits of a strong recycling industry in the state of Mississippi. If you plan to attend the event, we ask that you complete the registration form at https://www.msrecycles.org/legdayreg.
We also encourage businesses, industries, and organizations that are involved in recycling to consider having an exhibit for the event. However, please note that space is limited in the Rotunda, and we will do our best to honor requests for exhibit space. We will notify exhibitors in advance of the event if there is a reason we cannot honor your request for space.
If you have any questions regarding this event or in having an exhibit, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Mark Williams at 601-961-5304.
The State Electronics Challenge (SEC) is hosting a free introductory webinar on February 26, 2015 from 1:00-2:00 PM CST. The SEC is a free program open to local, regional, tribal, and state governments, including public and private K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations. The Challenge provides access to free technical assistance, tools, resources, and recognition while documenting the success of participating organizations. Program participants receive annual sustainability reports that detail their reductions in energy use, greenhouse gases, and waste. Click here to sign up for this free webinar.
Tomorrow will be the final day for the first week of this year's RecycleMania Tournament. Each year, college and university recycling programs in the United States and Canada compete in an 8-week friendly competition to see who really has the best recycling program. The schools report weekly totals on the amount of recyclables and solid waste collected. The numbers are then compared to see who recycles the most per capita, best recycling rate as a percentage of total wastes generated, and overall lowest amount of recyclables and trash combined. This year, Mississippi Valley State University and the University of Southern Mississippi are representing Mississippi colleges in universities in the competition and we look forward to seeing how each school performs.
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality's enHance Program will be holding a webinar that starts at 1:00 PM CST, Thursday, February 12, 2015 on Energy Savings Opportunities for Mississippi Industries. This one-hour webinar will introduce attendees to free services available to them to help reduce energy usages and costs. Speakers from the Industrial Energy Efficiency Program of the U.S. Department of Energy will provide an overview of software tools, on-site services, and programs that are available at no charge to assess and implement energy saving opportunities. Speakers from the Mississippi Development Authority's Energy Division will discuss financing opportunities and provide an overview of new energy efficiency programs offered by utilities in Mississippi. Those interested should register for this webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3637937994188704513