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Save Ohno

This Fall, Sustainable Brandeis is piloting a sustainability competition with SaveOhnoThe Goal of SaveOhno is to engage many students, who may not be normally active in sustainability, in real action that will measurably change their understanding, attitudes, and behavior, and have a significant and lasting impact on sustainability at Brandeis and beyond.

SaveOhno is predicated on the maxim that we act ourselves into thinking differently more easily than we think ourselves into acting differently.

Who is Ohno?

Ohno is the name of each player's future great-grandchild. Ohno lives in a world ravaged by pollution and climate change, but this future is not set in stone. It is up to each team to SaveOhno and improve their planet now by taking various actions online and around campus -- from eating a meatless meal to supporting environmental groups. Not only will you be making the world a better place today, you can help improve Ohno’s future.

Competition 1: Cross-campus participation, from October 9, coinciding with Global Climate Change Week, through October 20, 2017.

Competition 2: November 1 - 21, 2017, between the two first-year residence quads, North & Massell. 

Teams compete by completing real-life actions listed online, customized to our community by Sustainable Brandeis. The group that accumulates the most points by completing the most actions wins.

Results of Competition 1

Our October competition earned more points per person per day than any competition that SaveOhno has run in the past!

Impacts of our October competition:


55 in-room recycling actions

59 registered voters

62 computers working on climate science

78 Countable app installations

116 people filling water bottles

180 species recorded for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

248 new memberships and Facebook likes to keep the information flowing to you



186 participants at True Cost, the SaveOhno climate change talk, deiSic, a SEA meeting, and attending farm hours at the Rooftop Farm

Hundreds of visits to the bike stations, the solar charging table at the library, and the Farm



1,858 Petitions signed



4,200 litres of water saved from refilling water jugs (assuming just once per day)

0.4 tons of CO2 emissions saved from refilling water jugs (assuming just once per day)

0.5 tons of CO2 emissions saved from eating vegan and vegetarian

+ all the habits and spin-offs from the above, such as lights out, in-room recycling, etc.



Hundreds of actions, thousands of liters of water, a ton of CO2, and nearly 2,000 petitions.

All from just 200 people, and in less than 2 weeks!


The first-prize winners of embroidered Patagonia jackets are:

Ex-Cable + Friends – 226,575 Ohno points

Second place winners of reusable Patagonia utensil sets:
Green Beans – 203,955 Ohno points

Top 3 Users win a thingCHARGER:​

​1. Meredith Levy: 28,120 points

2. Sage DeChiara: 27,380 points 

3. Tamar Moss: 26,830 points 


All teams worked hard to save Ohno:
3. Hooked on Tap (HOT) – 115

4. Sustainability LSC – 74,530

5. Friends™ - 70,805

6. Women's Ultimate – 56,620

7. ENVS enthusiasts! – 34,650

8. Solomangarephobia – 21,605

9. Too Cheap for Instruments – 18,040

10. Staff Action Team on Climate Change – 11,810

11. GRALLians – 8,400

12. Tri-Dep Env Rescue – 6,580

13. Environmental Science Class Students – 6,200

14. FRNds of Sustainability! – 5,920

15. Veg Club – 4,770

16. Brandeis Photography Club – 4,655

17. KBG Joeys – 4,175

18. Namaskar, Sangha clubs – 4,010

19. Brandeis T&F – 1,315

20. Kappa Beta Gamma – 1,125

21. Cross Country – 1,020

22. TBA Improv - 800