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What: A competition for Memphis high school students to create innovative structures made from only recycled paper products
When: September 28, 2013 as part of the US Green Building Council’s National "Green Apple Day of Service"
Where: Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38111)
Teams: 3‐5 area high school students per team, with 1‐2 adult/professional sponsors
Proceeds: All proceeds will go toward furthering recycling education in Memphis
All paper products used in the formation of structures will be sent to our recycling sponsor for recycling and reuse after the competition has ended
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Paper Power"The Green Apple Day of Service gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects."


  • To work together, exploring creative ways to reuse unwanted materials
  • To educate the public about paper: its origins, physical properties, and how it is recycled
  • To raise awareness of the amount of waste produced
  • To teach students about design, architecture, and construction techniques

Competition Categories:

  1. Juror’s Favorite
  2. Structural Integrity
  3. Creative Arrangement
  4. Most Functional
  5. Best Signage
  6. Honorable Mention
  7. People’s Choice (public will be able to vote for 3 weeks after event)
    - All structures will be judged by a panel of community and design professionals
    - Prizes and trophies will be presented to the winner of each category. The trophies will be designed and hand-crafted out of local reclaimed materials solely for this competition.


  • September 3: Team meeting and information session; 4pm @ Central Library
  • September 23‐27: Green Week (events held at Central Library from 3‐5 p.m.)
    • September 23: Call of Duty: Recycle
      Andy Ashford, Deputy Director of Public Works, City of Memphis
      He will talk about what single stream municipal recycling is, along with the challenges it faces and benefits gained from participating in it.
    • September 24: Sun, Wind & Water Firepower!
      Gay Taylor, Taylor Waller Construction
      She will talk about the use of wind, sun, water and biomass (alternative forms of energy) to generate energy with some examples of how it is done using short videos, demos and some physical samples.

    • September 25: Green Car Show/National Plug-In Day
      Mitch Jackson, VP Environmental Affairs & Sustainability, FedEx
      He will talk about the Electric Vehicle program at FedEx. There will also be an EV parade, ride-and-drives, an electric tailgate party and more!
    • September 26: Ready, Set, H20!
      Jesse Howley, Landscape and Sustainability Expert
      He will talk about water reduction strategies - what you and I should be doing to save water every day!

    • September 27: Need for Speed: Bicycling
      Kyle Wagenschutz, Memphis Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator
      He will talk about bicycling in Memphis, touching on bike lanes, safety and plans for the future.

      Amelia Mayahi, University of Memphis Sustainability Coordinator
      She will talk about the Tiger Bike Share Program at U of M, as well as some other sustainable strategies employed at the University.
  • September 28: Green Apple Day of Service: Paper Power!
    10 a.m. - 3 p.m.: Construction
    3-4 p.m.: Judging
    4-5 p.m.: Awards Ceremony
  • September 28-October 19: Public Viewing & Voting for People’s Choice
  • October 19: Recycle Day & Presentation of People's Choice Award
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