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 2013 kicks off in October 6th and runs until November 1st. 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 as well as right here on our website!
For more information on how to earn points for your hall check out the complete POWER Challenge 2013 outline!
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 grand prize voted on by your very own RAs.
If you need help putting on a program check out Eco-Vols or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!