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What is Green Games?

Earth Day GlobeGreen 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 by contacting taika@email.unc.edu and earn points for your community! From here, you’ll gain access to a shared log to track your points.

Program Themes

Check out recent and upcoming Green Games program themes! Learn more about program ideas and earning points for your community.

October Program Theme – Local Consumption

September 27, 2021

Consuming locally-produced goods is one important part of being a responsible consumer. By supporting local businesses and production, you can directly support your community while also supporting responsible and sustainable practices. For the month of October, we'll focus on the benefits of local consumption and how supporting local empowers you as the buyer.

September Program Theme – Greenwashing

September 1, 2021

While buying eco-friendly items may make us feel good, major companies are not always truthful about their methods of production. For the month of September, we'll dive into this harmful practice and how you can incorporate education of greenwashing into your program theme this month.

March Program Theme – Plastic Film

February 26, 2020

Plastic film is thin polyethylene plastic used for wraps, packaging or commercial/retail use bags. Polyethylene (PE) film may have a #2 HDPE or #4 LDPE label.

Green Games Intern

Taika Sorjonen (they/them/theirs), Green Games Intern. Your resource for any questions and comments regarding Green Games at UNC Chapel Hill. taika@email.unc.edu

Program Ideas and Points

Get ready to earn some points!

Bonus 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!
  • Stay tuned for details on special CONTESTS!
  • Do a program that corresponds with the Monthly Program Theme for an extra 30 points
  • When RA’s and Sustainability Officers attend meetings for Green Games, they earn extra points!
Green Games Point Infographic
Green Games Programming Ideas! Click to enlarge.

In-Community Programs

  • Make valentines out of recycled paper, repurpose old t-shirts, 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 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

Other Programs

  • Volunteer at Carolina Campus Community Garden, Hope Gardens (contact nchopegardens@gmail.com), 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 fluorescent bulbs. Contact OWRR and EHS for help!
Aim to make EVERY program a BYO program (when applicable)!

  • 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”!