Big Orange Trash Bash–October 12 at noon, Statue on Pedestrian
The Big Orange Trash Bash is a community–wide litter clean up and awareness campaign sponsored by the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority, The Daily Times, The Blount County Sheriff’s Office and the Alcoa/Maryville/Blount County Landfill. Come bag litter in BIG ORANGE bags, which will be transported and displayed in a Power T on the lawn of the McGhee Tyson Airport. Show your love for UT and the earth by keeping our campus and community beautiful!
Game Day Recycling—October 5 and 6, 19 and 20, meet at Facilities Services
Volunteer with game day recycling and get a free t-shirt/food. There are 2 shifts on Saturday and 2 shifts on Sunday. To sign-up go to environment/utk.edu and click on volunteer with us to sign up. Or just email Elly Boehmer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Make a Difference Day— October 26th, 9am-12pm
We will be working on improving Malcolm Martin park which is the park surrounding Beardsly Farm. We’ll be filling raised beds with soil and compost, working with compost, weeding, mulching, cleaning up the creek, improving the butterfly garden and working on general beautification jobs in the park. We will have refreshments afterwards. Contact Elly Boehmer (email@example.com) for details on how to sign up!
Campus events, lectures, and tours:
Bike Rides–October 14-15
Monday 7pm, meet outside TRECS for a bike ride along the Tennessee River Greenway
Tuesday 5pm, meet outside TRECS for a bike ride to Market Square. Bring money for dinner!
Surviving College with a Car Panel—October 17th
Halloween Blackout Bash–October 30 in Presidential Courtyard
Turn off your lights and come to Presidential Courtyard for a Halloween Party with a recycled costume contest, pumpkin carving, live music, hay rides; Project VEGGIE. While you’re at the bash, we will be counting the windows with their lights off from 8-9pm to show commitment to the Power Down Pledge.
Water, Energy, and Recycling
Water usage, electricity usage and recycling will be rated per-resident. For example, the hall with the lowest per-resident water use receives 120 points and the hall with the highest receives only 10 points. This goes for each of the three categories.
Residence Hall Programs
Residence hall programs will receive 60 points per program plus 3 points per attendee. In order for a program to be considered a residence hall program, each floor must be represented by at least one resident. Hall programs are meant to be interactive and responsive and promote environmental education around the week’s theme.
Floor programs will receive 30 points per program plus 3 points per attendee. Floor programs must be interactive and educational in order to receive points.
Bulletin boards are each worth 15 points. Bulletin boards must be educational and detailed so have fun and great creative RAs!
Educational flyers are worth 10 points per flyer design. Educational flyers are not meant to promote the POWER Challenge, but to provide educational information for residents. Examples of these would include: flyers in the bathroom about reducing shower times and turning off water while shaving or brushing your teeth or instructional/informational flyers about waste and recycling in the trash room. Points are not awarded for each flyer that is hung, but rather for each different educational flyer.
Each pledge is worth 1 point. This can be as simple as being in a spreadsheet format but I urge you to get creative. If you are able to do a litter pick-up and have the residents pledge to use reusable bottles on cleaned out bottled waters, then you would qualify for having done a floor program or service project as well as getting points per pledge.
Like Make Orange Green on Facebook
Each like will be worth 1 point. We will be tracking this, so all you have to do is like us! This will also give you the opportunity to hear about secret prize/point opportunities!
Bags to Benches
Collect plastic bags as part of a project to create a plastic bag bench to be featured on campus. Halls will earn 1 point per plastic bag.
Recycled Art Project
Each Residence Hall creates an art project out of recycled materials. These will be judged at the Halloween Party on October 30th.
1st Prize: 100 points
2nd Prize: 75 Points
3rd Prize: 50 points
Participation: 10 points
If your hall/ RA hosts a program, makes a bulletin board/flyer, attends an event during the competition, or does anything else that qualifies for points (other than the water/electricity conservation and recycling which we will be monitoring), you must submit the information to Elly Boehmer (firstname.lastname@example.org). To receive credit for your program, please follow this format:
- Action: Floor program on Free-cycling
- Description: Residents brought unwanted items to the common room where they exchanged these items with their fellow residents. As a group we discussed the environmental impacts of consumerism. We then came up with strategies to reduce our consumer impacts such as buying better quality items so they last longer, asking if we really need what we were thinking about purchasing, and buying second hand/trading old clothes with friends (free-cycling).
- Attach photos of event (REQUIRED)
- Number of attendees (if applicable)
- Action: Bulletin board on water usage
- Description: Bulletin board had water usage facts as well as strategies residents can use to decrease what they use. See photos.
- Attach photos of board (REQUIRED)
For every action that is scored on a per-attendee basis, please have a sign in sheet to track the number of residents that attend. For programs outside of the halls, still have a sign-in sheet to receive per-attendee points. If an RA cannot attend an outside program but residents are interested in going, provide them a sign-in sheet and have them write up a description and take pictures. Sign-in sheets will be collected throughout the month to verify the number of attendees stated in the action submission is correct. A sign-in sheet template will be sent our prior to the challenge.
Scoring updates will be posted to the Make Orange Green Facebook page right here on our website as well as sent out in weekly report cards to the Hall Directors and RAs.