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Green Cup

Green Cup compete to conserveGreen Cup is an annual month-long competition which took place from October 20 - November 16, 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.

To learn more about Off-Campus Green Cup, scroll down after the Green Cup events.

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

Green Cup 2014 Events:

NU Dining's Weigh the Waste
Monday, October 20
noon - 1:00 pm
Sargent and Allison
Help NU Dining compost and weigh your leftover food in the Dining Halls!

NU Political Union: GMO Debate
Monday, October 20
7:30 pm
Buffet Center
Details to come

Ecological Looking: Sustainability & the End(s) of the Earth
Wednesday, October 22
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Block Museum
Jacob Leveton brings together a selection of artworks and photographs representing industry—mining, agriculture, oil extraction and refining—and the various ways the earth’s resources are used as a means to many ends.

NU Food Talks: Green Restaurants Panel & Potluck
Wednesday, October 22
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Harris Hall RM 107
NU Sustainable Food Talks is hosting Blind Faith Cafe, Found, Big Delicious Planet, and Duke's Alehouse & Kitchen to discuss what it means to be a "green restaurant" and which sustainability initiatives are important to their establishments and why.

NU Real Food Panel of Food Chain Workers
Thursday, October 23
7:30 pm
Tech LR4
Ever wonder where your food come from and how do they get to you?

Campus Kitchens PB&J Making
Friday, October 24
11:00 - 2:00 pm
Join the student-powered hunger relief organization and help make sandwiches.

NU Dining: Fresh Market
Friday, October 24
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Norris East Lawn
Purchase fresh veggies and fruits, plus a free pumpkin painting stand!

NU Dining: Farm-to-Table Dinner
Friday, October 24
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Sargent Dining Hall
Get to know your local farmer and a eat fresh, local meal!

Eco-Reps Scavenger Hunt
Sat, October 25
11:00 am - noon
Norris East Lawn
Learn about sustainability at NU through finding the bike repair stations, water refilling stations, and LEED buildings throughout campus!

WildRoots Tea Workshop
Saturday, October 25
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Norris South Lawn Garden
Make your own tea bags from the undergraduate sustainable student garden's herbs!

Eco Reps Green Fest
Friday, November 7
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Norris East Lawn
Eco-Reps and other sustainability student groups will make booths with activities, food, and prizes!

Wildcat Blackout: ESW Turns out the Lights
Friday, November 7
6:30 PM
Annenberg RM 303
Join ESW on a power raid: throwing serious shade across campus by turning out the lights! Meet up with us for some free food, then we'll split into groups and save some serious energy across campus.

EPA Game Day Challenge
Saturday, November 8
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM & 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Ryan Field
Since 2010, we’ve competed in the EPA Game Day Challenge – a national competition among colleges and universities to promote waste reduction at football games.
Sign up by Nov. 5!

Environmental Policy & Culture Film Screening
Wednesday, November 12
6:00 PM
University Hall RM 218
Professor Woodhouse is screening Blue Vinyl, a documentary about a woman who tries to find a less toxic material to replace plastic siding on her parents home.

Environmental Day of Service
Saturday, November 15
9:00 am - noon
Meet at Norris, but 7 different volunteer locations to choose from all around the Evanston area
Join the Associated Student Government and volunteer to pick up litter litter, mulch trees, and much more! Sign up by Nov. 1.

NU Real Food General Meetings
Every Monday
6:00 pm
Annenberg 101

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

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.)

Off-Campus Green Cup Challenge

Green Cup isn't just for on-campus students anymore. Saving energy, water, reducing waste, traveling sustainably, eating locally, and learning about sustainability are all part of the Off-Campus Green Cup Challenge. Points are earned by posting pictures on the NU Green Cup Facebook, sending an email to share how you are living green, taking the Green Pledge and Green Room Certification, and by attending Green events!   

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. Hang clothes to dry instead of using the dryer.

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

  6. Close window shades at night to maintain heat.

  7. Switch to efficient 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).