A UT tradition since 2005, the Make Orange Green 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.)
The POWER Challenge kicks off in October, and halls are scored according to their weekly water and electricity consumption, recycling totals, and educational program activity. Scoring updates and competition tips are posted throughout the month to the Office of Sustainability Facebook page.
The residence hall with the most points at the end of October wins the POWER Challenge—along with bragging rights, the “Mo Green” trophy, and a party with refreshments and entertainment.
Winners of the POWER Challenge:
- 2012-13 Massey Hall
- 2011-12 Apartment Residence Hall
- 2010-11 Laurel Apartments
- 2009-10 Laurel Apartments
- 2008-09 Clement Hall
- 2007-08 Massey Hall
- 2006-07 Massey Hall
- 2005-06 Apartment Residence Hall
During the 2012-13 POWER Challenge, UT residence halls saved 443,700 cubic feet of water—the equivalent of about five Olympic-sized swimming pools—and increased recycling by seven tons. Energy conservation efforts by the residents helped prevent 126 metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution, providing an environmental benefit equivalent to saving 14,000 gallons of gasoline. Overall, residents helped UT avoid approximately $56,000 in water, wastewater, electricity, and trash disposal costs—all in just one month!
To participate with the POWER Challenge, talk with your Eco-Vols, resident assistant, or hall director to plan a program. You can help your hall’s cause by taking actions to conserve resources and reduce waste—take shorter showers, turn off lights and electronics when you’re not using them, hang your clothes to dry, etc. For more suggestions on how to support the POWER Challenge, like us on Facebook.