What is Green Games?

Earth Day GlobeGreen Games is a student-led environmental competition between the UNC housing communities with the goal of promoting sustainable behavior and environmental education.

Residents can earn points for their communities by participating in programs, contests, and events organized by their community’s student leaders. Anyone can participate!

Already hosted a Green Games Program? Submit a program form and earn points for your community!

Program Themes

Check out recent and upcoming Green Games program themes! Learn more about program ideas and earning points for your community.

Green Games October Program Theme: Three Zeros Initiative

September 25, 2017

How many people on your residence hall are completely sure where pizza boxes go? Do they know where to recycle batteries? Do they know what to do if they have a leaky sink?

Green Games Intern

Your resource for any questions, concerns, or comments about Green Games.

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Katherine Bell

katlynn@email.unc.edu

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Green Games Standings

Sustainability Officers

Program Ideas and Points

Get ready to earn some points!

Bonus Points!

Green Games Programming Ideas
Green Games Programming Ideas! Click to enlarge.
  • For each event you host, you’ll earn the number of points specified in the nearby Green Games chart, along with +2 points per resident in attendance!
  • Earn 30 points for every resident who has a “green certified” dorm room — contact EcoReps for details!
  • Earn 5 points per program by sending photos of your event to greengames@unc.edu
  • Stay tuned for details on special CONTESTS!
  • Do a program that corresponds with the Monthly Program Theme for an extra thirty points!
  • When RA’s and Sustainability Officers attend monthly or biweekly meetings for Green Games, they earn extra points!

In-Community Programs

  • Make valentines out of recycled paper, repurpose old tshirts, decorate your own reusable shopping bag… Get creative!
  • Invite FLO Foods or another organization to present about the importance of eating local and organic
  • Host your own “cooking show” focused on sustainable cooking and eating!
  • Reduce food waste by creating “recycled recipes” out of leftover meals or ingredients
  • Host a presentation on sustainable transportation methods–provide information on bus routes, invite a representative to speak about Tar Heel Bikes, plan a walking tour of Chapel Hill/Carrboro, etc.
  • Invite a guest speaker or representative from an environmental organization or student group (hint, hint) to talk about a special topic
  • Host an “Environmental Trivia Night”
  • Plan a scavenger hunt to find wasted sources of energy on campus
  • Rent a projector and show an environmental-themed film or documentary

Service Projects

Pledge or Floor Drive

  • Have a group of residents take the Carolina Green Pledge at one of your events–contact the Sustainability Office for more info!
  • Create a pledge (with the help of your residents) about energy and water conservation, waste reduction, etc. and then have students sign it and distribute it to their friends!
  • Host a hard-to-recycle items drive for items such as batteries, styrofoam, electronics, or flourescent bulbs. Contact OWRR and EHS for help!

Trip/Tour

On-Campus Event

Take a group of students to attend an event on campus–a great idea for a program you don’t have to plan!

  • Lecture by a guest speaker about environmental/sustainability issues
  • Indoor or outdoor screening of an environmental-themed movie or documentary
  • Sustainability Social or other event featuring environmental groups on campus
  • Earth Week events such as Swap Shop or a Sustainable Art Exhibit

BYO Programs

Aim to make EVERY program a BYO program (when applicable)!

  • Ice cream social where residents bring their own bowls and spoons
  • Pizza party where residents bring their own plates (including information on how to recycle/compost pizza boxes!)
  • Sustainable cooking class where residents bring their own plates, utensils, and ingredients to make “recycled recipes”!