Sustainability Competitions

Sustainable Brandeis hosts periodic sustainability competitions to engage the community in activities like energy reduction and recycling. Winners of competitions have their name engraved on a custom trophy designed by sculptor and artist Paul Belenky '14.

Past Competitions

winning team displaying its championship trophy

Team Yoko Ohno proudly displays its championship trophy.

Save Ohno

March 3-22, 2019

Students compete in customized game of Save Ohno, a computer platform that tracks real-time actions in energy-saving and sustainability performance.


  • Yoko Ohno, champions
  • Alpha Pi Phi, runners-up
Save Ohno: North vs. Massell

Oct. 9-20, 2017

Students in North and Massell quads vie in a game of Save Ohno and to reduce energy usage and improve recycling rates in their residence halls.


  • Ex-Cable + Friends, champions
  • Green Beans, runners-up

Top 3 Users

  1. Meredith Levy: 28,120 points
  2. Sage DeChiara: 27,380 points
  3. Tamar Moss: 26,830 points
Sustainability Smackdown

Nov. 1-18, 2016

Freshmen and sophomores compete to see whose residential quad demonstrates most improvement in energy reduction, waste reduction and recycling rate.


  • Freshmen


  • Energy reduction: North Quad
  • Total waste reduction: Castle
  • Recycling rate: North Quad
Cross-Campus Competition

Feb. 29-March 13, 2016 (administrators)
March 7-20, 2016 (students)

In separate competitions, students and administrators vied to see who can implement and publicize the most energy-conservation measures in their respective residence hall or academic or office building. Participants represented 60 Turner St., 480 Old South St., the administration complex, Heller-Schneider-Brown, Kutz Hall, Lown Center for Judaica Studies, Mandel Center for the Humanities, Olin-Sang American Civilization Center and Shiffman Humanities Center.


  • Administrators: 60 Turner St.
  • Students: Ridgewood
group of six teammates display championship trophy.

Team Gordon hoists the championship trophy.

Inaugural Sustainability Competition: North vs. Massell

October 2015 (4 weeks)

Eight residence halls in Massell and North quads compete to achieve most efficient energy usage and best recycling rate.


Gordon Hall, for reducing its electricity usage by 10%! Read more.