The Make Orange Green POWER Challenge is a way for the UT community to demonstrate its commitment to reducing the university’s environmental impact. The POWER Challenge is a month-long competition that pits UT residence halls against each other in a battle to see which hall is the greenest. (POWER stands for Programs of Water, Energy, and Recycling).
A variety of different actions will award Res Halls points. Throughout the month a variety of prizes will go to RAs and residents with cool programs, awesome bulletin boards, and dedication to making their floor go green. But this is a Res Hall v Res Hall competition, so at the end of October the residence hall with the most points wins the POWER Challenge—along with bragging rights, the “Mo Green” trophy, and another TBD prize!
For campus events and point earning opportunities, check out our calendar! For information on the Rules and Guidelines for this year’s challenge (October 3rd through 28th), follow this link. To submit points for your hall, follow the instructions and fill out the form at this link.
During the 2016 POWER Challenge, residence halls were able to decrease their energy usage by 16.5 percent, decrease water usage by 13 percent, and recycle 21,385.70 pounds of waste (not including cardboard!). We also saw a boost in participation for environmental programs and volunteer opportunities throughout the month between service projects, educational opportunities, and hall and floor programming (thank you RAs!). In all, the university was able to save $75,813.10 in combined energy, water, and waste disposal costs from the residence halls during the month of October.