Ecolympics 2017

Two fun sustainability competitions to get you engaged in saving our one green planet!

  • Kick-off Party! Monday, Feb. 13th 11am-2pm in SAC Multipurpose Room - DJ, prizes, sustainability quiz bowl, informational booths, electronic waste recycling & more!

RecycleMania! - February 5th to April 1st, 2017
A friendly annual competition among North American universities. During this 8 week period, UofL will compete to reduce waste, increase recycling & composting, and raise conservation awareness across all three campuses! Keep up with the Cards progress at the RecycleMania website.

Help the Cards to victory by avoiding disposables (bring your own mug, bottle, plate, etc.) and fully utilizing UofL’s amazingly easy, single-stream recycling system that lets you recycle everything in the same bin, everywhere on campus: all types of plastic, paper, cardboard, metal, and glass! Details on what you can recycle at UofL here.

New for 2017: We're now collecting food wastes for composting from all Campus Housing locations and adding those numbers to UofL's organics recycling totals! Look for a compost collection bin in your residence hall's common kitchen or trash room, and add your organic wastes to our totals! Please no animal/dairy products or liquids, but otherwise, if it came from a plant, we want to compost it: fruit & vegetable wastes/peels/rinds/seeds, bread, pasta, rice, tea bags, coffee grounds/filters, even paper products (tissues, towels, napkins, plates, cups, newspaper, etc.).
>> To raise awareness about food waste and composting, UofL Dining will host Weigh The Waste events during lunch at the Ville Grill on February 16th, March 9th, and April 20th.

New for 2017: We'll be competing in the E-waste Recycling category, and offering a collection of electronic wastes for recycling Feb. 13th 8:30am-3pm at the SAC Multipurpose Room. We can recycle any electronic consumer items, including: all computers, monitors, televisions, printers, copiers, scanners, servers, networking equipment, fax machines, telephones and cellphones, RAM/memory, hard drives, battery backups, and peripherals such as keyboards, mice, speakers, AC adapters, and mixed computer cables/wires. Please make sure your data has been wiped from your device before recycling.

Campus Conservation Nationals - Feb. 13 to March 5, 2017

Live on campus? Win with conservation! UofL residence halls will compete amongst each other and battle together against campuses across the country to see who can reduce electricity use the most over three weeks. All you have to do is stop wasting energy! Turn off lights/TVs/computers; unplug anything you're not actively using; skip the elevator for the stairs; close windows tightly; dry clothes on a rack/line; take quick showers or shower with solar power at the SRC; etc.

Make a personal commitment to reduce and keep track of each hall's progress with UofL's Building Dashboard! Click on the links below to see how much electricity your hall is using and to make a commitment to conserve!
Bettie Johnson Hall
Billy Minardi Hall
Community Park (real-time!)
Kurz Hall (real-time!)
Louisville Hall (real-time!)
Miller Hall
Threlkeld Hall
Unitas Hall (real-time!)
University Tower Apartments (UTA)


The UofL residence hall which cuts electricity use the most will win a specially catered dinner and a Green Renovation project for the hall!

Individual prizes will be given out to residents who take steps to reduce their footprint! The greenest resident of 2017 will win a bicycle! To be in the running for prizes, you must post photos of yourself taking action! Simply post your photos to social media through April 1st using the hashtag #ULecolympics2017 and tag @uoflsustainable

Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 12:00am to 11:59pm


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Provost, Student Affairs, Housing




Sustainability Council

sustainability; composting; recycling; energy conservation; housing

Contact Name

Christopher Medley

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