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Te Greek Community aspires to have greatachievements and set high standards to help membersbecome the best they can be, but this spring sophomoreZeta au Alpha Kelci Zile could not help but wonderwhy sustainability is not also part o the equation. Withthat idea, Kelci conceptualized and created the rst everGreen Greek Competition, a multi-week sustainability achievement competition ending in a plastic sculpturecompetition between Greek Week teams held on May 17th.Te idea started at an EcoReps meeting, wherethe concept o a green certied Greek Community seemed like an amazing goal or the uture, but notsomething that could happen over a short period o time. Te immediate steps to take towards a moresustainable community involved creating awarenessabout sustainability with achievable goals. Tirty twochapters participated in total, each assigning a Greek Sustainability Ocer, which will hopeully someday become an IFC and Panhellenic recognized position.Chapters gained points throughout the weeks by composting and recycling, implementing electricity and waste awareness signs in chapter houses, hostingenvironmental documentary viewings, presentationsrom EcoReps at chapter, an Instagram competition,and visits to the Burke Gilman Plastics Unwrappedexhibit.Other than house bill savings and a concern or theenvironment, the incentive or participating was a loado sustainable prizes, the rst place winner taking homea brand new and much needed EnergyStar washer anddryer. Funding or this project would not have beenpossible without hard work rom Kelci and her mentorElizabeth Stearns, grabbing sponsors like Honesteaand Liberty Bottleworks, who donated reusable waterbottles retailed at $20 each to use as prizes.Te nal event o the competition was a public viewing o the 100% recycled and recyclable Americathemed plastic sculptures created by the Greek Week teams. Tere were various booths placed aroundthe houses to support the event as well as the sevensculptures, ranging rom a plastic space needle toa plastic Statue o Liberty with people made outo Starbucks cups. Te winners o the sculpturecompetition were Delta Chi in rst, Zeta au Alphain second, and Phi Kappa Psi in third. However, orthe overall competition and prize winners, the winnersin order were Alpha Delta Phi, Phi Kappa Psi, PiKappa Phi, Delta Chi, and Zeta au Alpha. Memberso the Greek Community were not only interested inwinning either; numerous members were involved ineverything rom composting and recycling on campusto one chapter that even had a heated debate over AnInconvenient ruth.Kelci was very proud o the event turnout, andhopes to grow the competition to be even biggerand better next year while working towards a moreenvironmentally conscious community. Kelci saysher ultimate goal is, “o increase awareness andstart initiative or gaining sustainability practices inthe Greek Community. Honestly, I ound that it wasnecessary to inorm and create action with such aneducated group o the university about what we’redoing to the environment, especially when we’regetting some o the highest GPA’s on campus.”Te event was a huge success due to Kelci’s hard work and the many hours put in by her assistants and mentor,and she was incredibly proud to see a community o people work so hard to make a dierence and actually care about sustainability.” Sustainable practices willcontinue to be implemented in Fraternity and Sorority houses on campus so the Greek Community caneventually work towards a more green and eco riendly existence.
UW Green Greek Sculpture CompetitionWinners:
eam San Francisco (Kappa Kappa Gamma, DeltaChi, Sigma Beta Rho, Sigma Alpha Epsilon)
Te win-ning sculpture eatures plastic bottles grouped together tocreate a replica o Seattle’s iconic Space Needle.
eam Boston (Delta Gamma, Phi Kappa Psi, Deltaau Delta)
Te runner’s up display was a simply, yet powerul outline o the symbolic Boston ‘B’ using red solocups.
eam Anchorage (Zeta au Alpha, Psi Upsilon, Te-ta Xi, Teta Chi)
Te team’s representation o New YorkCity’s Statue o Liberty represented the most impressivecollection o materials contained within the base o thestatue,
Honarable Mention- eam Washington, D.C. (ChiOmega, Beta Teta Pi, Alpha au Omega)
Judgeswere impressed with the simplistic caterpillar made out o plastic bottles that represented both the cycle o lieand cycle o materials.
Greeks Go Green