Mississippi schools, auto industry making news

Great things are happening in Mississippi! The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s (MDEQ) January newsletter features exciting environmental news regarding education and the auto industry.

A campaign by the Rankin County School District to reduce energy consumption in its buildings has earned 25 of its 28 schools the prestigious ENERGY STAR designation for superior energy performance. From 2015 to 2016, the district reduced energy costs by approximately $402,623 and a total of $3.5 million has been saved since 2006.

Automaker Toyota has also made strides in MDEQ’s enHance program. The enHance program recognizes environmental leaders in Mississippi that make a commitment to address and achieve ongoing environmental improvements.

One of Toyota’s enHance community projects is having a positive effect on North Mississippi and the ability for residents and visitors to enjoy the natural resources of Tombigbee State Park. Toyota Mississippi is investing five years and $250,000 in a partnership with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries & Parks, including Tombigbee State Park.

Read more about these successful organizations in the January 2017 MDEQ newsletter. [PDF]