Office of Sustainability

University of Mississippi

Green Grove Initiative

volunteersThe Green Grove Initiative at the University of Mississippi is a popular volunteer-driven program that aims to incorporate recycling into the gameday experience by engaging and educating tailgaters in the Grove and Circle. Through the program, the university also aims to decrease the amount of waste that ends up in landfills as a result of tailgating.

Green Grove volunteers help work toward these goals by speaking with fans and passing out recycling bags in the Grove on gamedays and also by helping sort the collected recycling bags from the tailgating areas at the Oxford Recycling Center during the days following a home game. Additionally, Green Grove participates in the Game Day Recycling Challenge, a national collegiate competition that measures the recycling efforts and diversion rates produced from tailgating areas and stadiums around the country.

How to Get Involved

There are two ways for students to get involved in the Green Grove Initiative during the fall 2016 semester:

1.) Apply to be a Green Grove Ambassador – Green Grove Ambassadors serve in a leadership role and are an integral part in the success of the program. Applications to become a Green Grove Ambassador are now open.

2.) Volunteer – Volunteer opportunities include educating tailgaters on football home game Saturdays and sorting recycling the following Monday and/or Tuesday at the Oxford Recycling Center. Additional volunteer opportunities may be available throughout the semester. Fall 2016 volunteer opportunities will be updated in August 2016.

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Contact Information

For further information on the program, contact us at green@olemiss.edu.