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Environment / Sustainability

Green Is Gold February Challenge: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

February 15, 2011

The Green is Gold February challenge has begun!

This month's action focuses on ways to reduce and recycle waste on campus and in the office. February's theme is intended to support the University’s efforts in the annual RecycleMania competition, which kicked off Feb. 6.

Here are some tips for February:

  1. Request a battery and ink cartridge recycling container by calling 491-0113.
  2. Review proper recycling practices during a staff meeting. You can also request to use the Recycling Challenge Game by calling 491-3871.
  3. Keep a recycling bin at each desk and in all break areas.

Your team can also take on the Ultimate Challenge by having a trash can round-up. This involves removing all personal trash bins in staff work areas (offices, cubicles, etc.) and creating a centrally-located trash station.

December’s winners!

Congratulations to team Masterminds for winning the December energy savings challenge. As winners, they received some fantastic remote controlled power strips to continue their energy saving habits.

Green is Gold campaign overview

The Green is Gold campaign is a campus-wide initiative to save energy and reduce associated costs. Teammates from a location on campus (e.g., a department) work together to implement energy saving measures in their building.

Teams focus on a particular area of resource conservation each month. The monthly challenges are outlined on a score sheet. The monthly challenge format makes Green is Gold more manageable and easier for all staff members to participate.

Rewards for conservation efforts

All participating teams are named on the Green is Gold website. Announcements are sent out regarding the team that earns the most points in each month’s category. Monthly winners receive a prize related to that month’s challenge. The February prize will be a mini waste basket that hangs off the side of your desk-side recycling bin.

Points are earned for new initiatives; if you have been practicing an action on the score sheet in the past or have already counted points for an item in a past Green is Gold competition, we challenge you to only count points for new actions.

Teams with 125 points will be awarded Green is Gold certification. The recognition ceremony will be held during the Earth Day celebration on April 20.

Get connected

Visit to register your team. Already registered? Visit the Facilities website to find out your building's current energy use, and use the information to motivate your team.

Join the Green is Gold listserv to share your conservation tips or to ask questions of others. Just select "Greenisgold" from the list and enter your contact info.

For more information, contact Amber Smith, Housing & Dining Sustainability Coordinator, at 491-3871.

Contact: Amber Smith
Phone: 491-3871