Our state is home to a diverse selection of wildlife and natural resources. Mississippi Power has a longstanding history of fostering partnerships to restoring habitats, protecting ecosystems and wildlife, and educating publics of all ages on the importance of preserving our natural resources.
Whether on the job or as Earth and Energy Group volunteers, our employees actively provide leadership at all levels of environmental causes in our communities throughout Southeast Mississippi. Removing trash from rivers, building new habitats for threatened or endangered species, and helping to preserve scenic acreage for generations to come are just some of the ways that we help in protecting these precious resources.
Because the communities we serve are where we live and play too, Mississippi Power employees take great pride in doing their part to restore and prevent damage to our environmental habitats - whether from man-made or natural causes.
Two of Mississippi Power's national award-winning efforts are Mississippi Renew Our Rivers and Bring It!, also known as the Harrison County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. Each of these programs have been built on large contingents of employee and community volunteers and resulted in tons of trash, debris and harmful chemicals being removed from waterways or prevented from ending up in landfills.
Other local environmental projects regularly supported by Mississippi Power and its employee volunteer groups include:
- Pascagoula River Bass Restocking Project
- Longleaf Rails to Trails Trace
- Great American Cleanups
- Replant South Mississippi
- Adopt-a-Stream and Adopt-a-Beach
- Other municipal household hazardous waste and amnesty days
Mississippi Power partners with several land trusts within the service area, to preserve one of the state's most valuable natural resourcesits land.
Land trusts are private non-profit conservation organizations that are qualified to accept voluntary "conservation easements" and hold land in trust at the landowner's request. Collectively these organizations represent the legacy of thousands of acres of land with scenic, historic, or cultural value that are protected from overdevelopment.
- Wolf River Conservation Society
- Land Trust for Mississippi Coastal Plans
- East Mississippi Foothills Land Trust
In addition to local efforts, Southern Companyalong with its operating companies, including Mississippi Powerpartnered with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to form the Longleaf Legacy and Power of Flight Programs. These programs focus on helping to restore the South's stately longleaf pine ecosystem and related habitats, with the added benefit of capturing and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide.
Through partnerships with agencies and organization like the Department of Marine Resources, Mississippi Environmental Education Alliance, Audubon Society and the Nature Conservancy, Mississippi Power takes an active role in promoting environmental education efforts to all ages. Through leadership and volunteer efforts, Mississippi Power promotes education through events and efforts such as:
- Celebrate the Gulf Marine Education Festival
- Pascagoula River Audubon Center
- Pascagoula River Nature Festival
- Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Because of the dedication to preserving these environments, Mississippi Power and its employees have been recognized with state, regional and national awards, including:
- 2007-2009 Keep America Beautiful National Awards
- 2008 Mississippi Wildlife Federation Corporate Conservationist of the Year
- 2003-2008 Keep Mississippi Beautiful awards
- 2007 EPA Presidential Volunteer Service Award
- 2006 and 2008 EPA Gulf Guardian awards