First Years Receive UVA GREEN 19 Cupanion Mugs during Move-In

To encourage sustainable choices on Grounds

September 01, 2015 • Elizabeth Main

As first year students moved in to their residences on Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22, most should have received a #UVAGreen19 reusable mug and had the opportunity to sign up for the Office for Sustainability’s weekly SustainaNewsletter.

These Cupanion mugs offer a convenient way to track reuse through the Cupanion app. As students reuse the mug and track their use, they will be rewarded with prizes and free refills at UVA Dining locations. Students should scan their mugs after each reuse to keep track of reuse numbers and gain access to even more prizes and rewards. Even reuses with other reusable cups and mugs can be tracked in the app, so anyone can participate. The app will also replace the former punch card system used when students brought reusable mugs to on-Grounds cafes. Now, each time a student uses the Green19 mug at an on-Grounds location, they will have to scan a barcode at the register with the app on their phone, thus keeping track of how many purchases a student has made; after six purchases, they will receive a free coffee.

The Cupanion mugs also feature a QR code. Students can scan this QR code using any QR reader application on their smartphones. The destination of this code will change weekly and lead to the current SustainaNewsletter.

Distribution of these mugs was made possible by the efforts of student employees and volunteers in the Office for Sustainability, Housing & Residence Life staff, and the TREE program. TREE, or Teach Residents Everything Environmental, will include the installation of shower timers and educational training only in the McCormick Road Residence Area. However, mugs are available to first years in all residential locations.

If you are a first year who has not yet received a Cupanion mug, please email sustainability@virginia.edu in the Office for Sustainability. If you haven’t yet gotten the chance to sign up for the SustainaNewsletter, you may do so here.