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Memphis: 2016 Paper Power

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Starts On - September 24, 2016 - 10:00am
Ends On - September 24, 2016 - 5:00pm
3030 Poplar Ave
Memphis , TN 38111

Join USGBC Tennessee for the fourth annual Paper Power design competition, which challenges Memphis-area high school students to think outside of the box and create new structures made from recycled paper products. The competition, a part of the 2016 Green Apple Day of Service, will take place Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library in Memphis.

Paper Power is intended to help foster teamwork and innovation; raise awareness about paper, how its recycled and the amount of waste produced; and teach students about design, architecture and construction techniques. All competition proceeds will go toward recycling education in Memphis.

Adults interested in participating in the competition can compete in the Paper Power Professional Division. Grab a few coworkers, and create a team to represent your company! Download the Professional Division registration form.

Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available. For any questions, please contact Krissy Buck at (314) 954-6465 or

Student division

  1. Juror’s Favorite
  2. Structural Integrity
  3. Hi-tech Design
  4. Best Signage
  5. Honorable Mention

Professional division

  1. First Place
  2. Second Place
  3. Third Place

Students vs. Professionals

  1. Green Trivia

All structures will be judged by a panel of community and design professionals. Prizes and trophies will be presented to the winner of each category. The trophies will be designed and hand-crafted out of local reclaimed materials solely for this competition.

Registration begins Aug. 10. Please send a completed registration form to There is no registration fee. Student participants will receive free event T-shirts.

For teams, there can be between 2 and 7 high school age students per team, with 1-2 adult/professional sponsors. Team members do not have to be from the same high school.

  • Aug. 10: Registration Opens
  • Aug. 17: Team meeting and information session; 5:30 p.m. at Central Library
  • Sept. 9: Registration Deadline & structure ideas due digitally
  • Sept. 23: Preview Party & T-shirt pick up!
  • Sept. 24: Green Apple Day of Service: Paper Power!
    • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m: Construction
    • 3-4 p.m: Judging & Green Trivia
    • 4-5 p.m: Awards Ceremony
  • Sept. 24 - Oct. 8: Public Viewing
  • October 8: Recycle Day