SGA contest rewards students for recycling

SGA contest rewards students for recycling

RecycleBama’s Instagram contest, introduced this semester, encourages campus-wide recycling and environmental awareness. CW | Danielle Parker

Mary Catherine Hodges

This semester, RecycleBama, a University of Alabama Student Government subcommittee, is holding a “Go Green” Instagram contest for students to encourage campus-wide recycling and environmental awareness.

Students can submit a “Go Green” photograph via Instagram, and submissions can feature students recycling or enjoying the environment on and 
around campus.

“The contest photos can be anything from taking your recycling to the bins in your dorm, or going on a hike on a nice day,” said Abigail Hawk, a freshman majoring in biology and marine sciences. “We really like to see the actual students in their pictures rather than just a landscape or something.”

To enter, students can post their pictures on Instagram using tag @recyclebama, @uasga and the hashtag 

“An ideal green picture of campus would be one that recognizes that environmental issues aren’t off in faraway places, they’re in our backyards,” said Alicia Ollis, a senior majoring in communicative disorders. “By encouraging students to not only get out and enjoy our local environment through hiking, kayaking or simply taking a walk outside, we hope to build a sense of respect and responsibility between our campus and 
our city.”

According to an SGA press release, the Instagram competition will become a regular feature of RecycleBama, and students can participate in exchange for various prizes throughout 
the year.

“We strive to see RecycleBama become a campus-wide name in terms of an organization set out to make UA a more environmentally-friendly campus,” Ollis said.

The contest aims to create an appreciation for the global environment, and proactive thinking toward recycling, sustainable living and “green” issues. Winners are eligible to receive prizes such as a new Eno hammock, a $50 SUPe Store giftcard, RecycleBama T-shirt, CamelBak water bottle and more.