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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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.
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.
Today, the University of Vermont announced that will end the sale of bottled water on campus and mandate that one-third of the drinks offered in vending machines will be healthy options.
To learn more, read the article from University Communication's here.
WCAX report on January 31, 2012 evening news