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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Competition (middle and high school) (April 17-18th, 2024)

Reducing, reusing, and recycling solid wastes can help you, your community, and the environment by saving money, energy, and natural resources.   

This annual competition, for middle and high school students, focuses on the theme of reduce, reuse, recycle. Students compete in the area of an informational poster, art project or product with a focus on the theme.

Click here for contest rules and registration information. 

Earth Day Sustainability Conference (April 18th, 2024)

The Earth Day Sustainability Conference is a campus and community wide event that brings together partners related to environmental issues and education. There are educational talks on local and other environmental-related issues. There are also educational booths from partners and stakeholders from the surrounding community and campus. This event is open to any age, and we welcome participants from the community.

  • 8:00-12:30pm: Public viewing of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle competition projects in Billingsly Student Center Ballroom 
  • 9:00am-12:00pm: Speakers 
    • 9:00-9:25 What Is Wish-Cycling? Patty Overman, District Administrator, Region M Waste Management District
    • 9:30-9:55 Remediation at Tar Creek Superfund Site, Oklahoma. Summer King, Environmental Scientist, Quapaw Nation Environmental Office
    • 10:00-10:25 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle in the World of Construction. Jeff and Carolina Neal, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer/Owners, Neal Group Construction
    • 10:30-10:55 Wildcat Glades Nature Group, Missouri: A Shining Example Proving Dedicated Individuals Can Bring About Significant Change. Robin Standridge, Executive Director, Wildcat Glades Nature Group
    • 11:00-11:25 The Ultimate Food Fight. Bonnie Chastain, Nutritional Health Coach, Natural Grocers
    • 11:30-11:55 Cardinal Valley Habitat Restoration Project in Webb City, MO: Restoring Mine Land Back To Native Habitat. Jeff Nichols, Habitat Restoration Manager, City of Webb City 
  • 8:30am-12:00pm: Educational Booths
    • American Water
    • George Washington Carver National Monument
    • Jasper County Public Health Department
    • Joplin Parks and Recreation
    • Joplin Public Health Department
    • Laz-y-Boy
    • MO Stream Team, Missouri Dept of Conservation
    • Natural Grocers
    • Region M Waste Management District
    • Webb City Farmers Market
    • Wildcat Glades Nature Group
    • MSSU Clay Club
    • MSSU Intramurals
    • MSSU Native American Student Association
    • MSSU Political Science Association
    • MSSU Pollinator Club
    • MSSU Pre-Law Club
    • MSSU Wilderness Society
    • MSSU Women in Science
    • MSSU Environmental Justice Projects (part of Social Justice Practice (SW 0475))
  • 12:00-12:20pm: Announce Reduce, Reuse, Recycle competition winners
Interested in hosting a booth or speaking reach out to Dr. Teresa Boman ( Booths and talks must be related to Earth Day, sustainability, reduce, reuse, recycle, etc.


Campus Clean-up (April 22nd, 2024)

This is a campus community event to clean up solid waste on the campus property that comes in through anthropogenic sources as well as being carried in by wind, flood waters, etc. We focus on the main roadsides of campus, Turkey Creek riparian zone and our native tall grass prairie. 

Sign-up for campus teams is typically sent out early March.