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City of Ridgeland recognized as renewed steward in MDEQ enHance program

resized-070 2014

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality recently held an awards luncheon for 2014 enHance members. The City of Ridgeland is a renewing member in the enHance program, a voluntary stewardship program that recognizes committed environmental leaders who accomplish goals beyond their legal requirements. Pictured here with the award are L-R: Mayor Gene McGee, Trudy Fisher, Executive Director, MDEQ, and Mike McCollum, Director, City of Ridgeland Public Works.

About enHance

enHance was begun in 2009 by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. enHance is open to facilities, cities, counties, and other entities who are interested in the program, and applicants can choose from three tiers:  Associate, Steward, or Leader.

“There are many facilities in Mississippi doing good work and achieving standards beyond their permit requirements.  We believe they should be recognized for their leadership,” said Trudy Fisher, MDEQ Executive Director.  “In addition, successful participation in this program results in the reduction of waste and the conservation of resources leading to long term economic benefits and continuous environmental enhancement.”

There are currently 36 members in the enHance program. Members include private companies, federal government facilities, counties, and local municipalities. Membership is voluntary, and applications for membership may be submitted each year from July 1 through September 30.

More information about the program is available at www.enhance.ms.