Campus Initiatives: Competitions

The Phoenix Cup is a competition to reduce our Phoenix footprint over the course of the academic year.  In the fall, teams compete to conserve the most energy and in the spring teams compete to reduce landfill waste.

In fall 2014, Phoenix Cup: Energy took the place of POWERless, Elon’s previous energy conservation competition which conserved more than 820,000kWh from spring 2008 – spring 2014.






RecycleMania is an 8 week annual spring contest in which colleges and universities from the U.S. and Canada compete to see which institution can collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate.


With efforts from Elon Environmental Services and students, Elon has participated in RecycleMania since 2007, and until 2013 held its own Resident Area Competition to determine which area could recycle the most per capita.

You can be a RecycleManiac all year long by putting items in the correct bins.  Visit the waste reduction page to find out which items are collected at Elon.