The Bottled Water Story: On January 31, 2012 the University of Vermont announced that it would become the first public university in the nation to end the sale of bottled water on campus, and mandate healthy options for one-third of the drinks offered in vending machines. Read the article from University Communications here.
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Bottled Water Sales Ended 1/1/2013
UVM is one of the first public universities in the country to end the sale of bottled water (the flat and unflavored variety) on campus. Burlington, Vermont provides safe, clean drinking water to campus, and providing bottled water from another community is not necessary.
On February 1, 2012, a request for proposal was released seeking proposals to provide UVM with beverage vending. UVM received 3 bid responses as part of this process. The University has chosen Sodexo as the vendor for the beverage vending contract for the next 3 years. This contract begins on July 1, 2012 and extends through June 30, 2015. The contract is a non-exclusive agreement and Sodexo will offer products from multiple brands.