Although the leaves may have been changing orange in October, the University of Tennessee’s residence halls were busy making orange green during the 2013 POWER Challenge. The POWER challenge is a friendly, month long competition among the residence halls to see who is the greenest with POWER standing for Programs Of Water Energy & Recycling. Throughout the challenge 1546 students and staff signed onto the Power Down Pledge, over 2000 students attended at least one of the 67 environmental programs that were put on, and the university avoided over $44,000 in costs thanks to the energy and water conservation in the residence halls.
Every hall did incredible this year but nevertheless, at the end of the month, only one hall can be the winner. This year we are excited to declare Apartment Residence Hall the greenest of them all! Not only will the much coveted Mo’ Green trophy make ARH its new home for the next year but our winning hall will be receiving two bikes that residents can rent out at their front desk so they can keep being green all year long!
Thank you to everyone who helped make the POWER Challenge a success this year including the RAs, EcoVols, Office of Sustainability student interns and everyone else who did their part in making their residence hall green this October!