AEPi, Sargent win annual Green Cup categories


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Winners of this year’s Green Cup pose for photos with their trophies. Greek houses and residential buildings competed for points in the monthlong sustainability competition by saving energy and water, and attending events.

Emily Chin, Reporter

Alpha Epsilon Pi won the Green Cup for the consecutive third year in the fraternity category — the closest race in this year’s competition.

Kappa Delta, Sargent Hall, Green House and the College of Cultural and Community Studies also took home trophies Wednesday night in the annual Green Cup competition.

The winners of the monthlong sustainability competition, which began Oct. 20 and concluded Sunday, received donations for their Dance Marathon teams.

“We are proud to have won Green Cup again this year,” AEPi president Alex Krule said. “It was a close call with SAE, and we are so happy to see the other chapters in the Greek community take this competition seriously and to be productive about green living.”

The competition was divided into four categories: fraternities, sororities, residential halls with dining halls and residential halls without dining halls. Teams earned points by saving energy and water and by attending environmental events during the competition period.

AEPi defeated its closest competitor, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, by 39 points. Kappa Delta topped second- and third-place winners Sigma Alpha Iota and Alpha Chi Omega. Sargent beat out Slivka Residential College and Willard Residential College. Green House and CCS won by a large margin over Communications Residential College and 1856 Orrington.

There was also a separate off-campus category for the first time this year, though students living off campus could not participate in the energy and water reduction aspect of the competition.

The winners for the off-campus category were teams called Awkward Turtles, Team Maple Tree and the Salty Swashbucklers. The second-and third-place winners got Whole Foods gift cards and the first place winners got monetary prizes.

“For on-campus students, because some of the points are based on the energy and water reductions, it’s something they can incorporate into their every day, and it’s a really simple way to earn points and build a really sustainable habit,” said Danielle Faden, a member of the Awkward Turtles. “Since we can’t measure that off-campus, I think that’s kind of a disadvantage.”

Faden, a Weinberg senior, is also one of the co-directors for off-campus Eco-Reps, which aims to provide off-campus students with information on how to live sustainably. Participating in Green Cup this year allowed off-campus students to work toward that goal, she said.

Weinberg sophomore Sara Johns, Green Cup chair for Students for Ecological and Environmental Development, said Green Cup went well this year, with the most popular events being Eco-Reps Green Fest, the Environmental Day of Service and the Eco-Reps Scavenger Hunt.

“I love the Green Fest,” Johns said of the environmentalism initiative. “I think it was a really fun atmosphere and I think they did a great job of targeting the general population of campus and not just those who might be already interested in sustainability.”

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