Greenest residence hall to be honored April 15

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 12:20pm
Western Today staff

The annual Go For The Green Celebration to honor the campus residence hall that won this year's Total Waste Reduction Challenge is set for 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room.

The event will feature live music, a chance to win over $1,000 in prizes from local businesses in a raffle and an opportunity to meet the Eco Reps of each residence hall.

Go for the Green, according to the program's website, is a competition among all the residence halls on campus. It determines which hall can reduce the most water, waste, electricity and natural gas. Halls can win based on their percent reduction in electricity and landfill waste, by signing the total reduction pledges and by attending sustainable education programs and events hosted by their Eco Reps.

This competition works to educate WWU campus residents on sustainable practices that can be implemented in their living situations and hopefully will take with them beyond campus housing.

The point system works as follows:

  • Electricity: 75 points for every 1-percent reduction per month
  • Landfill: 25 points for every 1-percent reduced per month
  • Pledges: 25 points for every 1-percent signed per month
  • Programs: 100-300 per program (points based on participation, educational value and innovation of the program)