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Campaign Press Release

  1. 1. NEWS RELEASE ~NEWS RELEASE~ NEWS RELEASE Oxford-Lafayette Economic Development Foundation 299 Jackson Avenue West Oxford, Mississippi 38655 For immediate release Media contact: Jon Scott, THE OXFORD EAGLE Tel: 662-234-4331 Email: EDF leads new recycling, energy conservation campaign ‘Oxford Green’ Campaign is the result of Oxford needs to help businesses in developing a greener workplace. Oxford, Miss. – The Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation has launched “Oxford Green,” a recycling and energy conservation campaign dedicated to helping businesses in the area develop greener, better workplaces. “Although the Oxford-Lafayette region has begun efforts to go green, cost effectiveness has limited workplace adaptation,” said Christy Knapp, Executive Vice President of Community and Economic Development. “This is why the EDF is proud to present a campaign that helps businesses through increasing awareness and garnering positive recognition for action.” -MORE-
  2. 2. Green, P. 2 The campaign is held throughout the month of April, consisting of an incentives program and three main events. The campaign’s “Eco-Business Guide” and incentives program provides businesses with eight different ways to develop greener work environments. Six of these will be required in order to reach “green certification” with community recognition. Participating businesses in the program will qualify for a $1,000 raffle giveaway. The first event, “Here’s to Green,” is a food and wine tasting fundraiser geared toward raising green awareness and to increase funding for the campaign’s incentives program. Guests will learn simple ways to be environmentally friendly with state prosecutor, syndicated wine columnist and author of Thomas Jefferson on Wine, Professor John Hailman. Sponsors are Kiame’s Package Store, Downtown Grille, and Bouré. Tickets are $25 for the event on Friday, April 2 at 7 p.m. at the Powerhouse. The main event, “GREEN Symposium,” will feature guest speakers Jim Morrison, the UM Green Initiative’s Director of Strategic Planning, and Al Gore, former vice president and Nobel laureate. During the symposium, vendors will display effective green resources and methods for businesses along with demonstrations. Tickets are $5 for the event on Thursday, April 22 at 4 p.m. at the Oxford Conference Center. -MORE- Green, P. 3
  3. 3. The final event, “Seeds of Tomorrow,” is a sponsorship event with the purpose of giving businesses a chance to be active in going green together by sponsoring the planting of a Eucalyptus tree. On April 30, 50 of these trees will be planted in Lamar Park with Oby’s providing box meals for donors. The cost of donating one tree is $20 and the sponsorship deadline is on April 24. All three events are open to the general public. The EDF is an organization with strong commitment to seeking new business and supporting existing industry in the Oxford-Lafayette area through the successful merger of community resources with businesses needs, creating a healthy partnership. For more information about the “Oxford Green” campaign or the Economic Development Foundation, call 662-234-4651 or visit the EDF website -END- PHOTO OP: All speakers will be available for photos after their presentations and all businesses participating in “Seeds of Tomorrow” will be helping to plant Eucalyptus trees.