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Teens to Build Recyclable Structures, Professional Networks at Paper Power 2014

Register today for Paper Power 2014 at Central Library.

By: Marcey Wright

Paper Power 2014 is coming again September 27, 2014 to Central Library!The power is in your hands – power to recycle! Back by popular demand, Paper Power is returning to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue) on Saturday, September 27, 2014. A chance to make the world a “greener” place, Paper Power is a competition for high school-aged teens to design innovative structures made of recycled paper. Winners will take home trophies, prizes, and a year’s worth of bragging rights!

Krissy Buck is an architect, a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (Memphis chapter), and event organizer. “Paper Power will bring together students, teachers, parents, professional design and construction organizations, and community leaders through teamwork for a fun and educational service project,” she said.

In addition to constructing recyclable structures, teens will build professional networks and perhaps a foundation for future career options. Buck commented, “Teens will benefit from participating in Paper Power by learning valuable design and construction techniques, along with management and leadership skills that could help to shape their professional careers someday. Plus, they’ll have lots of fun building one of a kind creations,” she said about the “Green Apple Day of Service” event.

Click here to register. Teens must form a group of two to seven builders, accompanied by an adult sponsor. (Schools, churches, and community organizations are all encouraged to participate.) Registration begins August 7 and ends September 19, 2014. Participation is free. A special Paper Power information session will be held September 11, 2014 at Central Library in meeting room A.

Creating their original masterpieces, teams will be judged in the following categories: 

  • Jurors’ Favorite 
  • Structural Integrity 
  • Most Innovative Design 
  • Functionality 
  • Best Signage 
  • Honorable Mention 
  • People’s Choice

“The event puts a new spin on learning about recycling and material conservation. Also, it encourages everyone to think creatively on how to transform something old, used, and undesirable into something revived, fresh, and beautiful,” Buck concluded.

For more information about Paper Power 2014, visit www.usgbcmemphis.org/paperpower.


Teen competitors got pretty creative during Paper Power 2013. The event is coming again September 27, 2014 to Central Library!