What is Green Games?
Green 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!
Over the course of 25 years, Carolina's Green Games have led to many sustainability initiatives in residence halls.
Did you know that the garbage from fast food restaurants make up 50% of street waste? By making your own food you can reduce waste from restaurants like Styrofoam take-out containers and leftover food!
Program Ideas and Points
Get ready to earn some points!
- 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 email@example.com
- 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!
- 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
- Volunteer at Carolina Campus Community Garden, Hope Gardens (contact firstname.lastname@example.org), 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 to visit NC Botanical Gardens or Duke Gardens and learn about flora and fauna native to the Southeastern United States
- Schedule a tour of local farms through Carolina Farm Stewardship Association to learn about local agriculture
- Get a group of students to walk or bus together to the Carrboro Farmer’s Market on a Saturday morning
- Take a sustainable walking tour of green buildings on campus–contact EcoReps for help!
- Plan a short hike or day trip to Eno River State Park or Carolina North Forest and learn about local wildlife and ecology
- 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
- 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”!