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2012 Mississippi Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Report

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ENERGY OUTREACH ACTIVITIES IN MISSISSIPPI Mississippi organizations have played a large role in education and outreach regarding renewable energy and energy efficiency. With prospective audiences ranging from the business community to elementary students to environmental stewards, these events represent a growing community that is engaged with the energy sustainability sector. The activities below were held after the introduction of the 2011 Mississippi Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Report, which was in May, 2011. "Careers in Energy Week" Proclamation A proclamation was made by Governor Haley Barbour to declare the week of October 11-17, 2011 as "Careers in Energy Week" in Mississippi. This effort was spearheaded by the Mississippi Energy Workforce Consortium (MEWC). In conjunction with the proclamation, the Consortium conducted an essay competition for six middle schools around the state. The contest which awarded several Apple iPods as prizes was sponsored by Entergy Mississippi, Mississippi Power Company and Mississippi Technology Alliance. Figure 25 show some of the members of the MEWC with Governor Barbour (center) at the proclamation ceremony. Figure 25: Members of MEWC pictured with Governor Barbour at the Proclamation Ceremony 333333339933 333333339933 Mississippi Sustainability Conference (November, 2011) 2012 A presentation of the Mississippi Chapter of the United States Green Building Council, pi Renewable Energy the Mississippi Sustainability Conference was a full day event that focused on reaching out to gy Efficiency and educating building designers, builders, owners, and community leaders on the principles Report and benefits of sustainable building and operating practices. Presentations included information on green initiatives in government and schools and strategies for improving building efficiency. he Status of Renewable Energy ciency in the State of Mississippi 36 | P a g e

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