This article comes from the newest eco18.com contributor, Megan Biondi. Look for more articles from her soon.
With Earth Week on its way, sustainability awareness events are popping up on college campuses across the United States. One event we caught wind of at eco 18, is the Sorority Green Cup, a sustainability competition taking place at the University of Georgia. Traditionally, this completion has been held only on campus, in the UGA residence halls, but this year it is branching out to Greek Row.
The idea to take the competition off campus was proposed by Gamma Phi Beta member and UGA Sustainability Office intern Chiara Gustafson. While living in her sorority house, she saw ways where her sisters could reduce their carbon footprint and proposed the competition to be opened to the Greek community.
The 12 houses competing are being judged on their ability to reduce their energy and water consumption for the month of April in comparison to the past 3 years. The girls started conserving on March 19th and will wrap up the competition in outfits made of recycled materials during a “Trashion Fashion Show” on April 22nd.
To get more information on the Sorority Green Cup and other sustainability efforts going on at the University of Georgia check out their Sustainability office website at http://sustainability.uga.edu/. Good luck to the sororities competing and may the greenest sorority win!