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Green Cup

green cup logoGreen Cup is a month-long competition which will take place from October 20 - November 14, 2014; challenging Northwestern University students living in campus residence halls and Greek housing to reduce energy and water use. Green Cup is a student driven initiative with Students for Ecological & Environmental Development (SEED) leading the effort. The first Green Cup put on in 2006 by students with the help of Facilities Management. 

The goal of Green Cup is to engage students in behavior change and provide a better understanding of the impact of daily activities. Simple changes and increased awareness can significantly reduce water and electricity consumption. Scoring is based on a per person percent reduction in usage as compared to an established baseline usage for the individual residence.

Prizes are TBA.

Visit Green Cup's facebook page to get the most up to date information.

Green Cup 2013 Events

SEED Fall Speaker: Adrian Grenier
Tues, October 22
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cahn Auditorium
Join SEED for our annual fall speaker event featuring Entourage actor, Adrian Grenier.

Food Access: Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up Processes Panel
Thurs, October 24
6:15 pm – 8:30 pm
Fisk Hall Room 217
Should we emphasizing the grassroots effort within local organization or does it pale in comparison to necessary policy changes that need to be done? Come and listen to various actors within the food movement who will share their perspective on how to best improve food access in our country.

Evanston Farmers' Market
Every Saturday
7:30 am – 1:00 pm
Intersection of University Place and Oak Ave. (behind Hilton Garden Inn, east of East Railroad Ave.)

WildRoots Workday
Sun, October 27
3:00 pm
Norris South Lawn Garden
Help and learn from the undergraduate sustainable student garden!

Alex Cicelsky: Kibbutz Lotan and Creative Ecology in Israel
Mon, October 28
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Harris Hall Room 107
Join Hillel as it hosts Alex Cicelsky, a founding member of Kibbutz Lotan; one of two Reform Kibbutzim where the community's mission is to live Jewishly, equitably, and in an environmentally sustainable way.

SEED General Meetings
Every Tuesday
7:00 pm
Norris Lake Room

Vegucated Film Screening
Fri, November 1
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Norris 202A Northwestern Room
Part sociological experiment and part adventure comedy, Vegucated follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks.

Eco-Reps Scavenger Hunt
Sat, November 9
Noon - 1:30 pm
Norris East Lawn
Learn about sustainability at NU through finding the bike repair stations, water refilling stations, and LEED buildings throughout campus!

The Economics and Culture of Local Food Panel
Weds, November 13
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm reception with local food
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm speaker panel
McCormick Tribune Auditorium
This panel discussion will answer in what ways is local food aligned with environmental sustainability? Is the quality of local food meaningfully different? What are some of the other qualities of the “locavore” experience, and is it associated with other consumption or other experiences that people value?

Living Green: hosted by the Off-Campus Eco-Reps
Thurs, November 14
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Parkes Hall Room 122
Learn how to live sustainably off-campus from experts to teach you how to conserve energy, reduce waste, save water, travel sustainably, eat locally, and save money while living in an apartment or house.

Off-Campus Green Cup Challenge

Green Cup wasn't just for on-campus students this year. Saving energy, water, reducing waste, traveling sustainably, eating locally, and learning about sustainability are all part of the off-campus Green Cup challenge. SEED and the Eco-Reps offered tips on how to live more sustainably and shared cool both on and off-campus upcoming events. Points were earned by posting pictures on the NU Green Cup Facebook, sending an email to share how you were living green, and by attending Green events!

Prizes are TBA.    
Sign-up and make your Green Cup team! (teams cannot be larger than 7 people)

Energy and water saving tips

Here's a list of ten simple things you can do to conserve water and energy:

  1. Take shorter showers.

  2. Turn off the shower when brushing your teeth and shaving.
  3. Only wash full loads of laundry and use cold water.

  4. Upgrade your computer power management settings and reduce screen brightness.

  5. Close window shades at night to maintain heat.

  6. Hang clothes to dry instead of using the dryer.

  7. Switch to efficent light bulbs and use task lighting.

  8. Turn off lights when not needed.

  9. Use a power strip to make powering down chargers and electronics easier.

  10. Study together in common areas and use fewer lights per person.

Use this list as a reminder to turn off and unplug when leaving your room:

  • Lights
  • Radio/stereo
  • Game system
  • Chargers
  • Computer
  • TV/DVD/etc.
  • Printer
  • Fan

Better yet, use a power strip for a one-click power down.


Green Cup is supported by the Office of Sustainability, Eco-Reps, Facilities Management, and the Institute on Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN).