Organizations, groups and individuals who create events on
campus relating to waste reduction, reuse or recycling can
compete in RecycleMania 2013 in one of three categories:
Compassionate Cougar groups with 1-10 members
Conservation Houstonian groups with 11-50 members
Sustainability-Savvy Shasta residential halls
To register, send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the
organization, the number of members and whether the organization
intends to attend the Q&A/Planning Session on Jan. 18. Only
teams that register by Dec. 1 are eligible to participate in the
Q&A/Planning Session, but registration will remain open after
Only events that take place after the team has registered will
be judged and have points awarded.
Teams must post a notice announcing their activities three days
in advance of the event on the Office of Sustainability Facebook
Page so that a judge can be scheduled to attend. The
announcement must include what the event is, where it will take
place and when it will happen.
Weekly point totals will be posted on the Office of
Sustainability Facebook page.
The teams with the most points in each category at the end of
the competition will be declared the winners.
The competition starts Feb. 2 and ends March 30. Winners will be
announced at a party on April 4, with the time and location to
be announced later.
POINTS FOR CONTENT
Teams will accrue one point for every attendee at their event
that invites the campus to engage in any of the following
comparing the strategies and tradeoffs of recycling, reduce
the various options for reuse and recycling
the environmental, financial and personal costs of recycling,
reduction or waste
how well the public educates themselves on recycling,
skills people need to make decisions about recycling,
reduction, and reuse in their lives
dreams for recycling, reuse or reduction in peoples lives or
for the University of Houston, and how to realize them
If an event meaningfully engages attendees on a second topic,
each attendee will be counted again when determining point
To receive points, teams will be required to turn in sign-in
sheets from the events listing the names of those who attended
to the Office of Sustainability, Oberholtzer 252A, by 5 p.m.
Friday the same week in which the event is held.
Organizations that jointly host events will each receive points
based on the total number of participants.
POINTS FOR PLAY
RecycleMania 2013 events will invite the campus to explore
eligible topics in playful, engaging or original ways.
Points for playfulness, originality, and degree of engagement
will be awarded based on the number of attendees at the event
who vote for or against those three criteria, using ballots from
reused paper that the Office of Sustainability judge will have
available for 10 minutes during the event. The voting will be
opened for that 10-minute period.
Help the University recycle more, waste less, and win the
national RecycleMania competition.
Winner in each competition category receive prizes:
Compassionate Cougar $100 catering gift certificate;
Conservation Houstonian $200 catering gift certificate;
Sustainability-Savvy Shasta $300 catering gift certificate
Winners will be featured in a press release and weekly
Facebook video vignettes sharing their best practices on waste
reduction, recycling, and reuse
Winner of each category receives recruitment/info table at
* Note: organizations or departments that have specific
year-long green programs or initiatives are, by definition,
eligible to host a table at UH Sustainability Festival.
Why is the campus RecycleMania contest not a recyclables
so that groups of all sizes can compete large organizations
arent limited by the amount of waste they can carry to a
drop-off location, and small organizations arent limited by the
amount of waste they generate
we want to encourage everyday recycling habits not hauling
bags of recycling to distant locations
to not disrupt the collection schedule that the Plant
Operations recycling team follows