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TCU Texas Recycles Day | Design Contest Winners Announced

Thu, November 16, 2023 12:30 PM | Tamara Kowalski (Administrator)

TCU Texas Recycles Day DESIGN CONTEST 

Congratulations to Winning Designer Emma Schluterman
& Honorable Mention Anna Phifer

Texas Christian University's (TCU) Department of Design held a Texas Recycles Day competition in October as a way to promote recycling in Texas. Senior Instructor Jan Ballard lead the collaboration with STAR, securing a donation of outdoor digital billboard space for the winning design from Lamar Outdoor Advertising, as well as a donation of 200 enamel lapel pins to be distributed to Texas legislators. This is her second such collaboration with STAR—the first being a design contest for shareable holiday recycling graphics on's December page in 2021.

Emma Schluterman is a BFA Graphic Design senior in TCU's Department of Design. Her winning design "incorporated iconic Texas imagery, such as a cowboy, a cowboy boot and a longhorn, all made from recycled paper."* (See her designs at top and below.) She also created a logo to be used as a lapel pin for Texas legislators (right).

Emma described her inspiration: “Texans take pride in their state, and these billboards are a direct reflection of that... The billboard headlines incorporate nods to familiar Texan phrases and recycling jargon, such as ‘Saddle up for Sustainability,’ ‘Less Waste, More Yeehaws’ and ‘Let’s Round up the Recycling, Texas.'”*

The selection was voted on by members of Texas Recycles Day team, which includes staff and board members from STAR, Keep Texas BeautifulNorth Central Texas Council of GovernmentsTake Care of Texas & Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. STAR staff explained, "there were many great submissions, making it difficult to choose from, but only one could be chosen to win. Emma's designs really stood out." In fact, due to the number of great designs submitted, an honorable mention award was added to recognize the efforts of Anna Phifer, a junior in the department.

* From TCU Department of Design article, "Empowering Texas Through Recycling." 

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