Gov. Bryant Proclaims October Energy Awareness Month
Jackson, Miss. (October 5, 2012) – Governor Phil Bryant has proclaimed October as Energy Awareness Month for the state of Mississippi. The Energy and Natural Resources Division of the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) was presented with the official proclamation in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy’s October Energy Action Month Program, themed Act Now to Save. Mississippi’s theme for this year is Energy & the Economy in the 21st Century.
“Energy conservation and efficiency are critical components of Mississippi’s overall strategy for energy leadership,” Governor Bryant said. “My energy roadmap outlines state-level goals for making the most of our resources, but I also encourage individuals and families to assume responsibility for energy conservation and efficiency. Turn off the lights when you leave a room, and try to use energy efficient products. Small steps can make a big difference”
“I encourage all Mississippians to practice being more energy efficient. Simply turning off the lights when exiting a room and using energy efficient products are two easy ways to conserve energy and reduce energy costs throughout the year,” Governor Bryant said.
MDA’s Energy and Natural Resources Division, along with its energy partners, will host or sponsor a variety of activities and educational programs throughout the state in October in order to raise awareness of the role of energy in Mississippi’s economy and of the importance of energy efficiency measures. MDA co-sponsored two major energy events this week. “Governor Phil Bryant’s Energy Summit”, held October 4 in Jackson, and “Powering Mississippi in the 21st Century”, a student-focused energy career summit held October 3 on the Starkville campus of Mississippi State University. Upcoming activities include:
- Renewable Energy Day – October 9
- Stennis Space Center Energy Awareness Day – October 10
- Odyssey Day – October 18
- MS Association of Governmental Purchasing and Property Agents Annual Conference – October 22
- Governor’s Energy Career Expo – October 30
“Energy awareness is not only extremely important, it is becoming a popular trend among consumers in today’s economy,” said MDA Executive Director Brent Christensen. “By working in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR® program, we are actively teaching Mississippians about the advantages of being more energy conscious.”
In 1981, the U.S. Department of Energy first sponsored American Energy Week; the agency later extended these activities to a month-long awareness campaign in 1986. In 1991, then President George Bush proclaimed October to be Energy Awareness Month. In 2012, President Obama proclaimed October to be Energy Action Month.
MDA’s Energy and Natural Resources Division oversees energy management programs for the state of Mississippi, working to ensure an environmentally acceptable, adequate and dependable supply of energy.
For a complete listing of the month’s activities, contact the Energy and Natural Resources Division at 601.359.3449.