A Very Green Halloween
The University of Houston Bonner Recycling Team began in the Fall of 2013 with a goal of making the campus a greener place to live. This year the team has focused on improving recycling in the Cougar Village 1 residence hall. To accomplish this goal, we are holding events that raise awareness and investigate enthusiasm for recycling. The Halloween Recycling Party held on October 29th, 2014 was our first event. This date was chosen because Halloween would bring in a lot of extra recyclable materials from the many costumes and candy wrappers, as well from decorations from parties residents would be attending.
An early step in planning the event was attendance at a Hall Council meeting in Cougar Village 1 to get approval. The Council was enthusiastic, and even contributed funding. Combining these resources with others we received through the Bonner Program and the Honors College, we were able to get all the supplies we needed, including food and decorations.
In the days leading up to the events, we prepared marketing materials, decorations, and goodie bags. There were two workshops for completing these tasks: one led by Sophomore Jeeva Babu and Freshman Dane Ralph, and the another led by Sophomore Danae Fowler. Through these workshops we were able to get all the supplies and the posters necessary for the event. We then posted them all over the dorm’s elevators, stairs, and hallways.
October 29th rolled around and the evening began with music, candy, and mingling among participants as suspense built toward what exactly was in store for the night. Bonner Freshman Elizabeth Joseph began the programming with a brief presentation about what the Recycling Team does and why recycling is important.
And then the main event began: a recycled Halloween costume contest.
Using the available materials, twelve party goers built their own costumes, vying for the titles of Best All Around, Best Showmanship, Most Creative, and Most Recycled. Contestants were given fifteen minutes to complete their masterpieces. When time was up, so were they–up on the stage, that is. Each contestant walked the runway to show their work to the crowd.
Finally, the winners were announced to the sounds of cheers and applause. The winners are as follows:
- Coleman Kendrick
- Sean Alder
- Serrae Reed
- Matthew Joseph
The night concluded with dancing, pictures, and tear down of the decorations. All of the materials used to decorate and costume the contestants were then recycled.
The Recycling Team was happy to host about 35 visitors, who received goodie-bags for participating in the informational part of the event. Of the visitors, about twenty filled out interest forms to show that they wanted more information on what the Recycling Team is doing in the residence halls.
The Recycling Team would like to thank fellow Bonner Kaitlyn Palividas and Honors staff member Ornela Santee. They helped to make this event successful.
The Team is excited to continue to grow and learn with the community as we strive to make UH a greener place to live. Look for more events from us soon!
(This piece was contributed by Jeeva Babu and Dane Ralph.)