Shut the sash 2018 Spirit Challenge

Demonstrate your team’s enthusiasm and collective spirit for Shut the Sash by completing the spirit challenge tasks described below. Your lab will be awarded points for each activity completed. The lab with the greatest number of points wins the spirit trophy! *Each lab may submit only one entry per task.


Spirit Tasks

Photo – 2 POINTS (+ BONUS)

Take a picture of you and your lab members shutting the sash.

Email picture to  Let us know if we can use the photo in a future newsletter article!

*Bonus: 1 extra point if you Tweet or Instagram the picture tagged with #shutthesash and/or @sustainUBC

Sticker – 4 POINTS

Make sure that the new Shut the Sash sticker has been attached to all of your lab’s fume hoods.

To receive points, email and request that the spot checker verify on their next visit.

Tongue twister – 3 POINTS

Take a video of a group member saying “Shut the Sash” as fast as they can 10 times.  Bet you can’t get past 5!

Email video or post online and email link to

Prompt – 4 POINTS

Create a custom “prompt” (e.g. sign or sticker) to remind lab mates to Shut the Sash and display it in your lab.

Take a photo of it and email it to

Email – 4 POINTS (+ BONUS)

Send an informative or humorous email to your lab group about “why fume hoods are energy intensive and how shutting the sash saves energy”. Check the FAQs for information.

To receive points, cc in your email.

*Bonus: 1 extra point if it makes us laugh.

Audio – 3 POINTS

Install some kind of noise-making device at your fume hood to reinforce/celebrate each time you shut the sash, e.g. an “easy” button from Staples, or a slide whistle.

Points will be awarded if the spot checker sees it in your lab.

Song – 4 POINTS (+ BONUS)

Rewrite the lyrics to a song – or write an original song – to encourage sash shutting and/or energy saving behaviours.

Email the lyrics to your team and cc

*Bonus: 2 extra points if you perform the song.  Two options: Take a video of your team performing, upload the video and send a link to  Or, perform it live when you see the spot checker!