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St. Catherine’s Village Celebrates Earth Day With Signed Proclamation By Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler Of Madison, MS

Barbara Dorr, Madison, MS Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler, Barbara Bates, assistant director Felichia Fields, Penny Kirkpatrick, Priscilla Fitch, and executive director Mary Margaret Judy

“Not only do we want to protect this landscape for our residents, we are committed to following the Dominican mission of preserving the earth for future generations.”

For the second year in a row, Keep Mississippi Beautiful has recognized the St. Catherine’s Village “Green Team” for its exemplary efforts in keeping Mississippi beautiful. The all-inclusive life care community is celebrating with a program by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, a tree planting ceremony and special proclamation from Madison, Mississippi Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler.

Mayor Butler is using the event to encourage all businesses to promote environmental and climate literacy. In a written decree, she stated that it is more important than ever to act locally to defend the environmental progress that has been made. Furthermore, she is recognizing the work of the St. Catherine’s Village “Green Team” as a reminder of the constant need for environmental activism, stewardship commitments and sustainability efforts.

Keep Mississippi Beautiful is dedicated to enhancing the community through recycling, cleanup and signature volunteer programs that beautify Mississippi and improve the quality of life for its citizens. The organization awards those who demonstrate outstanding leadership in the areas of litter prevention and control, recycling and water reduction, beautification, and community improvement. This year, St. Catherine’s Village received a second place Civic Organization award. Last year, it received a first place award in the non-profit category.

“Here at St. Catherine’s Village, we are blessed with 160 acres of incredible land. Our residences are nestled amid trees and lush woods with many overlooking the lake,” said Mary Margaret Judy, executive director at the continuing care retirement community (CCRC). “Not only do we want to protect this landscape for our residents, we are committed to following the Dominican mission of preserving the earth for future generations.”

Throughout 2016 and 2017, “Reduce-Reuse-Recycle” has been the “Green Team” theme. For almost two years, residents and employees have partnered to reduce waste, including food, plastic, aluminum, cardboard boxes, and paper. St. Catherine’s Village also has worked to reduce green house emissions through a tree planting initiative and instituted an LED lighting conversion. One of the largest undertakings has been a continuous reduction of Styrofoam products because of their inability to biodegrade.

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