Mississippi Power helps make our parks, schools and recreational areas cleaner through corporate partnerships as well as our employees volunteering in community environmental stewardship events.
Mississippi Power's Renew Our Rivers program is one of the state's premiere, national award-winning environmental stewardship programs. Since it began in 2005, employee and community volunteers have removed nearly 400 tons of debris from about 20 waterways.
Since 1995, Mississippi Power and the Harrison County Beautification Commission have teamed up at BRING IT! to provide county residents with a free way to dispose of household hazardous waste products. More than 400 tons of household debris have been collected at this event over the years, keeping this waste out of landfills and local waterways.
The Gulf Coast Conservation Grants Program supports enhancing coastal habitats of the Gulf of Mexico and bolsters priority fish and wildlife populations while strengthening resilience of the communities and ecosystems that are not expected to be addressed through Gulf Coast oil spill recovery funding. The program is funded by Shell Oil Company, Southern Company, NRCS and others.
Mississippi Power participates in the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program to support water resource stewardship through hands-on community involvement and education. Through the program, we have supported many water restoration projects in southeast Mississippi including Bayou Auguste, Turkey Creek, Bennett Bayou, Crosby Arboretum, and the Henderson Point Blueway-Greenway Restoration Project. The program is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USFS, FWS, Southern Company and others, with additional program support from the Wildlife Habitat Council.
Healthy longleaf forests improve water quality and provide critical habitat for hundreds of species like the bobwhite quail, wild turkey, red-cockaded woodpecker, and gopher tortoise. The Longleaf Stewardship Fund expands, enhances and accelerates longleaf pine ecosystem restoration across its historical range. It is supported by federal funding from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service (USFS) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and private funds from Southern Company, the American Forest Foundation and others.
Bats for the Future funds innovative tools and treatments needed to slow the spread of white-nose syndrome and speed the recovery of surviving bat populations in North America. Funding for this program is provided by the FWS, with additional funding provided by the USFS and Southern Company.
Our partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) began with a focus on restoring and reviving the populations and habitats of Southern birds. Not long after, the program grew into a portfolio of efforts addressing critical conservation needs including long-term restoration of the longleaf pine ecosystem, recovery of imperiled species and community-based stewardship of forests, rivers, coastal areas and wetlands.