Dumas named sustainability 'pioneer'


MSU campus sustainability coordinator Jeremiah Dumas (left to right) and Students for a Sustainable Campus president Liz Kazal attended TVA's Green Power Switch Leadership Awards program in April, where Dumas was recognized for his work to enhance sustainability on campus. SSC nominated him for the award.

Mississippi State University's work to achieve a "greener" campus and the efforts of its sustainability coordinator have been recognized by the Tennessee Valley Authority.

As part of its Green Power Switch Leadership Awards, TVA and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy recently named Jeremiah Dumas a "Campus Sustainability Pioneer."

"I accepted the award on behalf of everyone on our campus working to achieve greater energy and transportation efficiency, greener purchasing, education and research," said Dumas, an assistant research professor who leads the land-grant institution's sustainability initiative.

Winners were honored at an event in Memphis last month.

"This recognition helps us get our own campus in order, and does so in a way that educates and showcases our success to all those who work, study and visit here. Not to mention that this type of publicity is also very important from a recruiting standpoint, as we know that sustainability is becoming a factor as students make their college choices."

MSU's Students for a Sustainable Campus submitted the award nomination to TVA.

TVA, local distributors of TVA power and members of the environmental community launched Green Power Switch in 2000 as the first-of-its-kind program in the Southeast. It allows consumers to help ensure that renewable energy from wind, solar and landfill gas is added to TVA's power supply. (For more, see http://www.greenpowerswitch.com.)

For additional information, contact Dumas at 662-325-2629 or jpd1@msstate.edu.

Jim Laird | University Relations

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