March 3, 2022
Bottle Drive Competition
The UH Energy Institute and the Student Centers have paired up to work with Environmental Cougar Organization (ECO) to host a recycling competition. The bottle drive collection point will be to recycle your plastic bottles and cast your vote in any of the affiliated bottle recycling bins located in the Student Center South, next to Shasta’s Ice Cream Shop. Competition began February 14th and will continue through April 14th. Student Organizations compete for cash prizes up to $400 as they support our institution’s sustainability goals.
Dr. Krishnamoorti, University of Houston’s Chief Energy Officer, is supporting the new initiative. “UH Energy is delighted to partner with ARCA Continental, Coca Cola, and Environmental Cougar Organization for the plastic bottle recycling competition. This initiative shows that our students are future leaders in the circular economy. We hope that the competition will not only drive additional recycling efforts, but also prompt people to make environmentally aware consumer choices.”
Students, like Johanna Verghese, an HR Management & Marketing Student and President of Environmental Cougar Organization (ECO), are excited about the Bottle Drive Competition. “I’m a huge environmentalist, I started Environmental Cougar Organization last semester because I noticed a gap where I wanted education for environmentalism, so I just went ahead and started ECO. I could never imagine such a wide impact from this initiative for so many organization on campus. It is great to see so many of them wanting to participate in this recycling competition, which speaks volumes for our future.”
UH Energy Institute is supporting the program and ArcaContinental Coca Cola is sponsoring the prizes. Initiatives like the Bottle Drive Competition are a clear example of the University of Houston’s commitment to sustainability led by students.