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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Objective: To understand how changes in beverage options at the University of Vermont impacted the beverage choices, and calorie and added sugars consumption of the campus community.Participants: Nine vendors shipped bottled beverages to campus locations over three consecutive semesters. Method: Using shipments as a proxy for consumption, changes in beverage choices, per capita calories, sugars, and added sugars were compared across semesters.
As classes resume for a new semester, NPR’s “Morning Edition” notes that bottled water will no longer be for sale on the UVM campus, the largest public university in the country to take the stand against environmental waste. Retrofitted stations for students to refill reusable bottles with tap water are now readily available.
Where can I get a free drink of water?
Free, clean water can be found at the 200-plus drinking fountains and the 68 bottle refill stations in locations around the campus. A map of these locations is below and available in larger format. Do you have a suggestion for a place to put a bottle filling station? Please let us know using the contact us form.
Beginning January 2013, the University of Vermont will no longer sell bottled water on its campus – in vending machines, retail outlets or dining halls. To remind students of this coming water-bottle-free future and to celebrate the accomplishment, the university held a Bottled Water Retirement Party on Dec. 5.