Theses and Dissertations


Etheredge, Coleman L.

Committee Member

DelPrince, James M.

Committee Member

Harkess, Richard L.

Committee Member

Morrison, Carley Calico

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

Immediate Worldwide Access

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Plant and Soil Sciences (Horticulture)

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Plant and Soil Sciences


Florists must analyze business practices to become environmentally savvy. This study investigated whether the introduction of sustainable waste practices into a college floral design course influenced the student’s perception of environmental health. Two groups of students enrolled in the basic floral design course at Mississippi State University completed a survey on environmental health at the start and end of the semester. One group sorted their lab wastes into compostable and landfill material. Results indicated students who separated their floral waste maintained the same level of environmental concern throughout the testing period while the environmental health scores of those who did not separate their waste declined. Secondly, results indicated participants that who did not separate their floral waste had lower mean scores from start to finish. Results indicated that students who separated floral waste had a higher environmental concern than those who did not separate their floral waste in the lab.