University of Vermont

216th Commencement Ceremonies - May 20 and 21, 2017

Bottled Water Information

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. The decision marks the advent of a long-awaited systematic sustainable beverage policy after years of lobbying by students and the greater campus community. Burlington, Vermont provides safe, clean drinking water to campus, and providing bottled water from another community is not necessary.

Where to get a free drink of water? There will be water stations on the University Green (look for the green tents) and in the main lobby of Patrick Gymnasium that will be able to fill water bottles or a cup of water (provided at the station). The water stations will also have a traditional-style water fountain “bubbler” for a quick drink. (A water station will also be set up on the Bailey-Howe/Davis Center Green during line-up for the academic procession for the University Main Commencement Ceremony.)

Refillable water bottles will also be available for purchase at the University Bookstore and at their venue kiosk. Guests are also encouraged to bring their favorite container from home.

For more detailed information about UVM’s water bottle policy, please visit the Office of Sustainability website.

Last modified April 18 2017 02:56 PM