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Auburn University students are being challenged to stop putting their recyclables in their designated bend but, to use their recyclables and imaginations to create runway worthy outfits for the Sustain-A-Wear Competition hosted by the Auburn Sustainability Action Program.

The competition is on May 1, 2011 and is open for all Auburn University Students to participate. The event will be held at the Auburn University Student Center Ballroom and is free to the public. Those that want to participate must sign up in by April 26, 2011 at AUSC building in Room 2225 by 8 p.m.

The Sustainable Design Runway Competition's mission is to promote the everyday importance of environmentally sustainable practices through an exciting and enjoyable event that the student body, and more importantly, the Auburn community will benefit from.

Laura Cobb, a student at Auburn and event coordinator for Sustain-A-Wear Competition thinks this event is a great way to create awareness around the need for sustainability. She said, “As the world population continues to rise, demands on the earth and its resources have skyrocketed. Because these demands have risen so quickly, it is pertinent that students become aware of sustainability, it's purposes and principles, so that we, our children, and our children's children have equal and ample opportunity at a bright future.”

Each participant is required to create an original design from recycled materials that can be modeled on the runway.  The competitors will have one month to execute their vision and prepare for the event. 

A panel of five judges will choose a first, second, and third place winner based on six categories: originality, creativity, use of materials, wear ability, complexity and overall effect.
Judges will give a score between 1 and 10 in each category.  Scores will be multiplied by the weighted percentage of the category and added up.  Scores from each judge will then be tabulated together.
Cobb said there will be a prize package for each winner containing donations from local businesses. There will also be a scholarship offered with the first place winner receiving at least $500 generously donated by Senator Tom Whatley. Cobb noted that the event is also a great networking opportunity for all students because Whatley will be speaking at the program.

All Auburn University Students are encouraged to participate. For more information for all the requirements and rules please visit the Sustain-A-Wear website at

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