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16,000 Tigers battle 3,000 Axemen to save the Earth

It’s a bit of an unfair fight, but Dalhousie is taking on Acadia in their latest rivalry.

It’s a bit of an unfair fight, but Dalhousie is taking on Acadia in their latest rivalry.

The two schools are duking it out over “acts of green”: They’re participating in a CBC campaign and have challenged each other to commit an act of green for each student registered.

Acadia is aiming for 3,000 whereas Dalhousie has a heavier load of 16,000.

“We’re being fair and also going for the gold. We’re going for the big number,” said Rochelle Owen, director of the Office of Sustainability at Dalhousie (and Metro’s Clean Break columnist).

Students register on a website, and then log their acts of green.

“It’s simple things like changing incandescent (light bulbs) to CFL, committing to using a reusable mug, changing your holiday lights to LED, or eating a vegetarian meal,” Owen said.

She said they picked on Acadia instead of their traditional Halifax rival Saint Mary’s because more students at Acadia signed up.

The competition officially starts today, but already Dal has 105 people registered who have committed 3,000 acts so far. Acadia has logged around 1,000 acts of green.

Owen said it’s a friendly competition, but the logos for the Acadia Axemen and Dalhousie Tigers are posted in the Students Union Building.

“The Acadia Axemen is kind of cutting a tree, but that’s their logo,” Owen joked. “Of course, if you wanted to go the other way, a tiger isn’t really a native species.”

 
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