Miami wins Kill the Cup University Challenge


Kill-the-Cup Dean, Associate Deans, Chairs and Staff

The online campus newsletter, Miami Matters, featured the top photo of the EHS Dean’s Student Advisory Council  in the article announcing Miami’s success in the Kill the Cup University Challenge. The dean, associate deans, chairs and staff also raised their reusable cups in a toast to the eco-friendly campaign. 

Written by Susan Meikle, university news and communications,

logoMiami University won the Kill the Cup University Challenge — Waste Reduction division, thanks to all who used reusable mugs instead of single use cups.

By using a reusable mug to purchase coffee at campus coffee shops, Miami students, faculty and staff helped reduce disposable single use cup waste on campus by 5.5 percent during the inaugural four-week competition.

Miami received the top prize of a $2,000 social impact grant from Social Ventures for Sustainability.

Results were announced Nov. 23 on

Anna Ginsky, sustainability education coordinator and organizer of Miami’s participation in the competition, said that the competition brought together multiple student organizations and departments around campus.

“It’s not every day that we all  — staff, faculty and students — get to work closely to create environmental change,” Ginski said. “This was our opportunity to do so and I think we all did a great job. There was a lot of support, and that is what brought us the win.”

Miami placed third in the Kill the Cup Challenge Social Awareness division, measured by the percent of the campus population that submitted a photo with their reusable cup.  The University of California-San Diego and Loyola University placed first and second, respectively.

Ginsky said that the $2,000 social impact grant will most likely be used to support a student art contest next semester.  The aim of the contest, now in the planning phase, will be to creatively and visually represent Miami’s carbon footprint.

Look for more reusable cup events during spring semester, said Ginsky, who encourages the Miami community to keep using reusable mugs and reducing consumer waste.

Read the article in Miami Matters.


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