University of Richmond is one of 16 schools participating in the Kill the Cup 2015 University Challenge, a four-week nationwide campaign encouraging students, staff and faculty across the country to reduce waste from disposable coffee cups.

The campaign, which runs through Oct. 30, will reward the university that serves the highest percentage of drinks in reusable cups at coffee shops on campus. Student ambassadors coordinate campaign efforts at their individual schools.

“Social awareness is tracked by the percentage of UR students, faculty and staff who upload a picture of themselves using a reusable mug on the Kill the Cup app”,” said Caroline Jones, UR’s “Kill the Cup” student ambassador and a co-vice president of GreenUR. “If you buy one cup of coffee in a disposable cup every day, you end up creating 23 pounds of trash in a year. There’s no reason to do that.”

The Kill the Cup app is free through the Apple Store and Google Play. Both Kill the Cup and GreenUR are offering prizes for those who participate.

The total enrollment of the 16 participating universities in 2015 exceeds 300,000. Student teams who outperform their peers at other schools will receive funding for sustainability projects on their campus.

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