Office of Sustainability

University of Mississippi

The Office of Sustainability

Mission Statement

“Weave throughout our campus fabric the principles of resource stewardship, responsible decisions and planning that result in efficient operations, enlightened understanding, and higher quality of life for current and future generations.”


About Us

Chancellor Khayat signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment in April 2008. By signing this document, Dr. Khayat publicly recognized the University’s commitment to the environment and sustainability. The University Creed has long recognized the importance of serving as good stewards of our resources, and the University pledges to honor this commitment with action.

Established in July 2008, the Office of Campus Sustainability will build institutional learning capabilities in support of continual improvement in building design and operations, landscaping, procurement, energy and water conservation, waste minimization, recycling and service provision. We integrate sustainability principles across all operational areas of the university and collaborate with relevant sustainability education and research programs across each of the colleges, schools, and department to drive outcomes that are aligned with our overall university mission and vision. The scope of sustainability covers environmental and economic issues, and includes our direct campus operations; the indirect activities of faculty, staff, students, and business partners; and engagement with the greater community. The Office of Sustainability is advised by the University Task Force on Energy, Environment, and Sustainability.


Staff Bios

Ian Banner, Director

Ian was born in England and came to the United States in 1984.  He has professional and teaching experience having been in private practice with Shafer/Banner Architects from 1987 to 2002 and with the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University from 1987 to 1994.  He received tenure and the position of Associate Professor in 1994.

In 2005 Ian was appointed Director of Facilities Planning and retains the position of University Architect, and Director of Sustainability.

His academic and professional qualifications are as follows:

  • Master of Philosophy, University of Cambridge
  • Member of Darwin College, Cambridge
  • Diploma in Architecture (post-graduate degree), Plymouth University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Plymouth University
  • Member of the Association of University Architects (2012 – present)
  • Registered Architect in the United Kingdom, 1987 – 2008
  • Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (1987 – 2007)
  • Member of the American Institute of Architects (1992 – present)
  • Registered with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (U.S.)

Ian’s areas of architectural expertise are in energy efficient design and construction, daylighting, passive systems such as thermal buoyancy “stack-effect” ventilation, and environmental impact of building materials selection.  He has written on architecture and the environment, indigenous houses in the Appalachians, natural lighting in overcast and clear sky regions, and humidity and ventilation of medieval buildings in northern Europe.

Anne McCauley, Assistant Director

Anne joined the Office of Campus Sustainability in October 2009 and works on efforts to move the Green Initiative forward. Prior to moving to Oxford, Anne worked for a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC. She also was involved in planning an environmental communication campaign at George Mason University. Anne holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of the South and Masters in Public Administration from George Mason University.