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Environmental Cougar Organization

Recycling Competition


Project Overview

This is a 2-Phase Initiative Sponsored by the Coca Cola and Presented by UH Energy, the Environmental Cougar Organization, and the UH Energy Coalition. We have worked closely to bring a plastic bottle recycling initiative to the UH campus! With no shortage of resume boosters and prizes to win, we think you or your organization would be a perfect fit to participate.

If you are an organization wanting to implement a bottle drive bin in your name, please visit the 'How to Get Involved' section and fill out the form provided. If you are an individual or organization wanting to submit a recycling plan, please visit the 'How to Get Involved' section and fill out the form provided. We are eager to see who wins, so good luck!


Dr. Ramanan Krishnamoorti - Chief Energy Officer

Dr. Ramanan Krishnamoorti

Dr. Deidra Perry - Program Director

Dr. Deidra Perry

Dr. Suryanarayanan (Radha) Radhakrishnan

Dr. Suryanarayanan Radhakrishnan

Executive Board Chair for the UH Energy Coalition, UH Alum

Abhaya Chopra

Johanna Verghese

Johanna Verghese

Phase 1: Bottle Drive (Completed)


We designed a bottle drive with the sponsorship of ArcaContinental Coca Cola to see how many bottles we could recycle on our college campus. Our goal was to get student organizations of all kinds involved with this bottle drive to reach as much of the student body as possible.

Therefore, we hosted a bottle recycling competition with recycling bins placed in Student Center South, each bin assigned to a different student organization. Public interactivity was an important part of this project, so the recycling bins had two entry points to cast a 'vote’ using the disposed plastic bottles.

Entry points had voting choices chosen by the student organizations to engage students and encourage them to donate bottles to their bins. Student organizations received prize money for the amount of bottles collected and their rank in the competition.


1st Place

Lady Cougars

1st place winner of the competition

2nd Place

Effective Altruism

2nd place winner of the competition

3rd Place

Environmental Cougar Organization

3rd place winner of the competition

Phase 2: Environmental Art Exhibit (Completed)


Calling all creatives! We are hosting an art exhibit to bring awareness to environmental issues through visual mediums. This exhibit has been completed on November 2022, and no longer accepting applications for submissions from August 22 - October 28th, so fill out the form under the ‘How To Get Involved’ section below ASAP to make sure you are approved in time!

We will be choosing one scholarship winner through a popular vote from the public viewers of the exhibit in the amount of $1,000, and three scholarship winners chosen by our panel of judges in the amount of $1,500 for 1st, $1,000 for 2nd place, and $500 for 3rd place. (Tentative) Don’t miss out on this opportunity to make a difference while sharing your passion with the public!


Students will submit:

  • 1 work of visual art which speaks to an environmental issue they are passionate about.
  • This work must incorporate a recycled material in some way or form.
  • This work must be accompanied by a 1 pg. (max) rationale outlining:
    • The issue they chose.
    • How they conveyed it.
    • How they incorporated the recycled material.

Specified limitations for the works are on the form. We would love to see what you come up with, just fill out the form to get started!


1st Place

Climate activist dies

1st place winner of the competition

2nd Place (tied)

An Embedded Evil

2nd place winner of the competition

2nd Place (tied)

A Brown Earth

2nd place winner of the competition

3rd Place

Dream of Winter

3rd place winner of the competition



Bag and Friends

Popular vote winner



Mother Earth Eats Too

Honorable mention

Frequently Asked Questions

Instagram: @e.c.o.recyclingcompetition

Johanna Verghese (Co-Director):

The application will be available on August 22nd. The deadline for submitting the application is October 28th.

The steps are provided in the "How to get Involved" section above. But to recap:

  1. Submit Application
  2. Received Confirmation via Email
  3. Create your Art
  4. Artwork & One-page Rationale
  5. Exibition
  6. Judge Panel

The exibition will take place at Legacy Lounge between November 12th to 18th. The final winners will be judged and announced on November 17th at 1:30pm.

The Legacy Lounge is at the Student Center at the main campus.