Auburn’s Turning Green

The Alabama school’s students are working hard to make sustainability cool on campus.

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They call it the Sustain-a-Bowl, a fitting name for this time of year. For the second year in a row, students at Auburn University in Alabama are working hard to make their campus cleaner and more environmentally sustainable. Is there a better way to really make a difference than by making it a competition?

Starting February 1, almost 4,000 Auburn students will participate in the contest, which promotes less use of electricity, water, and trash, as well as increased recycling, the Auburn Plainsman reports.

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"[Sustainability] is a national trend," Matt Williams, program manager for the Office of Sustainability, tells the Plainsman. "It started at Duke University ... and [soon after] we looked at what had been going on at other campuses."

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Points are awarded based on water and electricity reductions and recycling. Dorms can also get points for organizing awareness events. Last year's Sustain-a-Bowl saved $5,506 in electricity and $2,785 in water, resulting in a total of $8,291 saved, the report says.

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