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 your program for points through ERezLife (make sure to check off that it is a Green Games event in order to receive Green Games points!) and earn points for your community! Please make sure to describe your program accurately so that Taylor can assign the correct number of points!

Program Themes

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

Green Games December Program – Sustainable Holidays Holiday recycling graphic with circling arrows around a skyline with a tree in the foreground.

December 4, 2018

Americans throw away about 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. If every American family wrapped just 3 presents in reused materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.

Green Games November Program – Recycling Right A row of blue recycling bins on campus.

October 31, 2018

By recycling correctly, we can assure that more materials actually get recycled and reduce the costs associated with recycling.

Green Games Intern

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

Taylor Cooleen, Green Games Intern tcooleen@live.unc.edu

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Green Games Standings

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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 5 points per program by including 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!
  • Encourage your residents to sign up for Spread It Forward and join their residence hall’s team for extra Green Games 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

Other Programs

  • Volunteer at Carolina Campus Community Garden, Hope Gardens (contact nchopegardens@gmail.com), or Battle Park
  • Organize a group of students to do a roadside or campus cleanup
  • Get a group of volunteers to help restore old bicycles at The ReCyclery in Carrboro
  • Learn about the benefits of renewable energy while volunteering at Piedmont Biofuels
  • Organize a cleanup of Bolin Creek
  • Collect excess/unused (fresh) food from students before a holiday break and donate it to the local homeless shelter
  • 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!
  • Hold a program to sign your residents up for Spread it Forward! Help them complete tasks on the website and work together to take some great pictures for the gallery!
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
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”!