University of Vermont

Jeffords Hall


In response to student activism, UVM ended the sale of bottled water on its campus in January 2013. Recent research indicates that as a result of this policy, consumption of beverages with added sugars may have increased. 

Now, a new campaign is reminding the campus community of the health benefits of drinking local water and the environmental benefits of refilling reusable bottles.

Additional Changes

  • Free, filtered cold water is now available in all retail dining outlets via fountain beverage machines.
  • UVM Dining has implemented a new healthy beverage standard requiring that at least 50% of beverage offerings contain 40 or fewer calories per 8-ounce serving. This standard is stricter than UVM’s existing standard, both in definition and in percentage of compliant beverages.
  • UVM Dining has introduced Coca-Cola Freestyle machines — with a free water option— in several retail dining outlets. Reusable smart cups, which help cut down on waste, are available for purchase from UVM Dining.

Show Off Your Bottle

Is your water bottle a reflection of you? Share a picture of it on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #uvmheartswater, and we will send you a new sticker to add to your collection.

What about other universities' experiences?

UVM is not the only institution to change offerings of bottled beverages. Washington University in St. Louis has put out a brief report about their experience with banning bottled water showing that consumption of less healthy beverages did not go up as a result of ending bottled water sales.