Event Details

Feb 16, 2012
From 05:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Mississippi State Clean Energy Forum
Location: Colvard Student Union - Folkes Auditorium, Starkville, MS

Through Focus the Nation's "Forums to Action" program, student leaders Brittany Walters and Vina Nguyen have put together a Clean Energy Forum at Mississippi State University. They are bringing together sustainability staff, faculty, on-campus energy technicians and environmental student leaders to discuss how to take Mississippi State University forward toward clean energy.

Event Follow Up

Mississippi's event follow up - Mississippi's Clean Energy Forum brought together speakers from the sustainability office, faculty and a student leader to discuss ways to create clean energy projects on campus. The roadblock identified was that funding was a huge obstacle with on-campus projects. The sustainability office ("Environmental Collaborative Office") had identified a project in the past that they wanted to implement around energy efficiency on campus but didn't quite have enough people-power to make it happen. The forum was able to help bring together more people across campus who wanted to see projects like these happen, so a perfect match was born! Their provost attended and funded The Focus Coordinators as well as a few other interested students will move forward with the sustainability office to conduct energy audits across campus through a program called ECO Paw.

Event Speakers

Mike Buehler

President Gaining Ground Sustainability Institution Mississippi

Gaining Ground

Mike is a physician at Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville, MS and a native Starkvillian. He completed medical school at UMC in Jackson, MS and his residency at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He practices radiology as a profession but became interested in sustainability several years ago. Mike added photovoltaic solar panels to his home and wants to find new ways to cut down on waste and carbon emissions. His areas of interest are residential alternative energies and food production as it relates to health epidemics in Mississippi. In his spare time he gardens, and raises chickens and three children. 

Jeremiah Dumas

Assistant Research Professor and Sustainability Coordinator

Mississippi State University

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JD Hardy

Energy/Mechanical Engineer

Mississippi State University - Facilities Management


When J.D. Hardy came to Mississippi State in 2008 as energy/mechanical engineer in Facilities Management, he says he walked into to a great situation from an energy conservation standpoint.

Hardy serves as the energy monitor for MSU and, in addition to developing reports on consumption for the energy committee, he is part of a team that develops projects to help improve campus systems and make them more efficient.

He says that a large part of conservation is efficient use of resources and developing sustainable practices and, because the university has been so proactive, he and the energy team have been able to continue a downward trend in energy use for several years.

"We are constantly looking to the future for new ways to be more efficient," Hardy says. "Our goal is to continue to conserve energy without sacrificing the academic and research goals of Mississippi State by being more efficient and sustainable in ou r practices. I am very proud of our performance and our reputation as an energy-conscious university."

Liz Kazal
Students for Sustainable Campus

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