Green Cup Challenge

The UGA Green Cup Challenge is a competition among the residents of the Hill community to reduce their energy, water, and waste over a one month period.

The competition is organized and coordinated by the UGA Office of Sustainability and University Housing.

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia’s Office of Sustainability, in conjunction with University Housing, will soon celebrate the kick-off of the fifth annual Green Cup Challenge. The four-week competition, which will be held from September 22 to October 21 of this year, will encourage Hill Community residents to adapt more sustainable living practices in efforts to reduce energy and water consumption along with their waste.

In previous years points have been allocated to individual residence halls based on the amount of resources recycled, energy and water saved compared to previous years, and participation in sustainability-related events. However, this year the scoring system has been restructured in efforts to encourage even more competition among residents. While the new scoring system will continue to feature the same categories (energy, water, waste, and participation), rather than the competition being among each residence hall, the competition will now be between Councils (Mell and Lipscomb vs. Boggs, Church, and Hill).

The kick-off “tailgate” event, which is scheduled for 6:30 pm on Sunday, September 22, will allow students to enjoy pizza, music, and classic tailgating games like corn-hole and tailgate golf; further information about the event will also be distributed to participants during this time.

During the remainder of the month long competition, the Hill Community Hall Councils will organize two events for students to learn more about sustainable living practices while enjoying complimentary food and fellowship. The Final Celebration is scheduled for Monday, October 21, at 7:00 pm. The official winners of the Fifth Annual Green Cup Competition will be announced at this time.

While the Green Cup Competition is a month long challenge, it functions primarily as an avenue for the Office of Sustainability to instill a long-term conservation mentality in the minds of the freshman participants. In its fifth anniversary the Office of Sustainability hopes that this year’s Green Cup Challenge will be the most successful yet with a greater reduction in energy, water, and waste than ever before.

For more information on the Green Cup Challenge, visit the UGA Office of Sustainability Facebook page or website at

The UGA Office of Sustainability coordinates, communicates and advances sustainability initiatives in academics, research, public service and outreach, student engagement and campus operations at the University of Georgia.

Check out other exciting Green Cup Challenge events throughout the state sponsored by the Green Schools Alliance.