Kill the Cup to Save the Planet


Oct. 6 through Oct. 31 the Miami University Green Team is sponsoring the Kill the Cup Challenge to encourage students, faculty and staff to reduce plastic cup waste by bringing their own mugs to grab their morning – or midday or lunch or evening – caffeine fix.

Tuffy’s in the Shriver Center, the Emporium Market in the Armstrong Student Center, King Café in King Library, Dividends in the Farmer School of Business and Bell Tower Café are participating in the challenge. Bring your reusable mug to any of these locations – or any coffee shop Uptown – and after you receive your hot beverage, snap a picture to upload to the Kill the Cup website.

Each time you upload a photo, you earn an entry for yourself into a weekly drawing for an Amazon gift card and you earn an entry for Miami to outnumber the nine other participating universities in this “Championship of Waste Reduction.” You may only upload one photo a day, using your Miami email address, but are encouraged to continue reusing your mug throughout the day.

To kick-off the event, President David Hodge will be speaking at 8:30 a.m. Monday Oct. 6 in the Armstrong Student Center. Bring your reusable mug and enjoy the free donuts, coffee and tea. The first few attendees may receive a reusable water bottle from GreenHawks Media.

The goal, Green Team president, Anna Ginsky, said is to foster awareness about the use of plastic cups. A small change can make a difference.

“We’re just promoting people, when they’re out in a public environment, to use their reusable cup,” Ginsky said.

Ginsky and Green Team have partnered with GreenHawks Media, Green Oxford, The Sustainability Committee and other student organizations to make the event a success.

As the start of the competition approaches, it is important to keep in mind the bigger picture, Ginsky said.

The university has the opportunity to win money, students have the opportunity to win $50 gift cards, but the community has the opportunity to give back to the environment by reducing plastic waste.

“Using reusable cups is really good for the planet. There’s also that environmental aspect, reducing strain on landfills,” Ginsky said.

Starting Monday, kill the cup and save the planet.


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