UVM Celebrates End of Bottled Water Sales With Bottled Water ‘Retirement Party’

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. 

A series of speakers commemorated the significance of the event, and students sold refillable water bottles for $2 each and conducted taste tests of tap and bottled water. Also highlighting the event was the unveiling of an eco-sculpture made from 2,000 discarded water bottles gathered on campus and in the Burlington community that took seven weeks to build.