Environmental partnerships emphasized at conference

Environmental partnerships emphasized at conference

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Southern Company’s 15th Annual Stewardship Partners Meeting is bringing together nearly 170 attendees from environmental agencies to discuss the past, present and future of environmental stewardship.

Held at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Biloxi, the event highlights partnership, progress and achievements around Southern Company and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s stewardship investments.

Vice President of Public Relations and Corporate Services Johnny Atherton welcomed the group to South Mississippi Tuesday evening at the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum on Point Cadet.

“Environmental stewardship is in our corporate DNA, it’s who we are,” Atherton said. “The common goals of these groups are directly linked to the quality of life we enjoy, so thank you for the work you do.”

“This event brings together national environmental agencies, utility companies and the environmental advocates who are doing the work on the ground,” Environmental Affairs Director Mark Loughman said. “You don’t really see collaborations and meetings like this anywhere else.”

The event is hosted each year by one of Southern Company’s traditional electric operating companies.

“This meeting sees an increase in attendees every year because of the opportunity it presents,” Senior Environmental Specialist Patrick Chubb said. “It allows for personal interaction between similarly focused people and agencies. It’s a great way to leverage resources and create communities of conservation across the Southeast.”

Judy Steckler, Executive Director of the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain, has attended the meeting several times. She participated in a panel discussion on the importance of partnerships in growing a community of conservationists.

“Mississippi Power attended our first meeting in December 1999 and they’ve been a valuable partner ever since,” Steckler said. “We are a small group and we would not have been able to achieve the impact that we have over the last two decades without the volunteer efforts and guidance of our friends at Mississippi Power, Southern Company and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.”

The conference wraps up Thursday with a trio of conservation tours that will allow attendees to network in the field.

Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), produces safe, reliable and environmentally responsible energy for more than 187,000 customers in 23 southeast Mississippi counties. With nearly 160 megawatts of approved solar energy capacity, Mississippi Power is the largest partner in providing renewable energy in the state of Mississippi. Visit our websites at mississippipower.com and mississippipowernews.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube.

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