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Bottled-Water Free Campus
In January 2013, UVM officially became one of the first institutions nationwide to end the sale of bottled water on campus and mandated that one-third of drinks offered in vending machines be healthy options. The decision marks the advent of a long-awaited systematic sustainable beverage policy after years of lobbying by students and the greater campus community - spearheaded by the Vermont Student Environmental Program (VSTEP), a student run, non-profit organization created in 1988 to expand UVM’s recycling program and address environmental issues on Vermont campuses.
Because Burlington's tap water is safe and clean (see Burlington's water quality report), the University can rely on cool, plain, unfiltered tap water to hydrate campus. Plumbers have installed bottle fillers on more than 75 of the 215 fountains on campus, and people are already used to filling their own bottles. More bottled fillers are coming.
In addition to all the places you can find some great H20 around campus, the Davis Center alone is home to a total of 8 water fountains (2 on each floor), 4 of which are outfitted with water-bottle fillers to ensure students, staff, and building visitors are healthy, happy, and adequetly hydrated.
In the News
- Better Bring Your Own: University Of Vermont Bans Bottled Water [NPR]
- At University of Vermont, no admission for bottled water [Boston Globe]
- UVM Eco-Sculpture Highlights Press Conference at State House
- UVM Unveils Bottled Water Monument [WCAX]
- UVM Celebrates End of Bottled Water Sales With Bottled Water 'Retirement Party'