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Fort Box: World's Largest Cardboard Box Fort

Friday, 21 February, 2014

"The Up to Us initiative gives motivated students the chance to make a difference and raise awareness of an issue that is critical to their futures. A growing movement of millennial voices is a key part of solving one of the most significant challenges facing our nation."                                                                                                 - Peter G. Peterson

Twenty-four schools across the country are competing in Up to Us, a project of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), and Net Impact. "The purpose of the campaign is  to raise awareness of our country's fiscal and economic future, and encourage students to make their voices be heard on this critical issue," said Peterson, cofounder and chairman of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

UT students can't avoid it. America can't avoid it. The future is approaching faster than ever  -  so let's build ours for the people, planet and prosperity! This Friday at Pedestrian Mall, UT Recycling and the Office of Sustainability are partnering with 'Up to UT' to raise... Fort Box!  Fort Box will serve as a visual representation of the increasing national debt and we get to break the record for the largest fort constructed out of cardboard boxes.

Over the last four weeks, UT Recycling has set aside 5,000 boxes, a fraction of their monthly campus collection, for this Make Orange Green promotion. Participants can choose to write their name on a box as a (paperless!) pledge to put more effort into reducing their personal waste. So swing by between classes. Take a walk on your lunch break. Join us on campus to find out how playing with boxes can help us build a sustainable future for UT... box by box.

Volunteer Sign-Up

Sign up to help with the construction of Fort Box. Anyone can volunteer for up to three shifts, but you must work a minimum of 2 hours to receive points for your RecycleMania team.  Volunteers will be working in small task-driven focus groups (tapers, transporters, builders), but everyone is welcome to help build the fort.

For more infomration or to sign up as a volunteer, visit the UT Recycling website





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