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Winners of the Greenest Blue Hens 2020 Challenge

Four Greenest Blue Hens celebrated on Earth Day 2020

The Greenest Blue Hen challenge 2020 attracted 44 competitors showcasing their love for the environment to coincide with Earth Day on April 22.

This challenge required daily sustainability actions on three weekly themes: Greener Energy, Waste and Food. The overall winners of this challenge were:

1. Amanda Williams (master's student in marine biosciences) - Greenest Blue Hen 2020, prize of $250
2. Paula Cardenas Hernandez (doctoral student in civil and environmental engineering), $200
3. Tingting Zhu (doctoral student in civil and environmental engineering), $150
4. 3rd Runner up - Oluwasegun Elijah Akanbi (master's student in civil and environmental engineering), $100

If all UD students were living as sustainably as the Greenest Blue Hens, major sustainability outcomes would be realized including:

  • Greener Energy: CO2 emissions reductions would be equivalent to planting 1 million acres forests per year.
  • Greener waste: Reductions in plastic waste would result in recycling 20,000 waste trash bags per year.
  • Greener Food: Recycled food would be enough to fill about 2,000 garbage trucks.

The UD Honors program and the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) provided financial support for this challenge and the UD Sustainability team provided technical support. The challenge was moderated by Robert Ddamulira (doctoral student in energy and environmental policy), Chioma Marylyn Atuegbu (master's studen in business administration), Jimmy Murillo Gelvez (doctoral student in civil and environmental engineering), Sashwat Roy (doctoral candidate in energy and environmental policy) and Danhui Xin (doctoral student in civil and environmental engineering).

You can learn more at http://www.udel.edu/007346, on Twitter @UDelSustainable and by visiting https://sites.udel.edu/sustainability/earthmonth/.

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