Beverage System

National Public Radio Reports UVM Leading the Trend in Banning Bottled Water

AP/Toby Talbot

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. Recent graduate Mikayla McDonald, who helped launch the campaign for the ban, tells NPR, "Bottled water is a symbol of our culture's obsession with commodifying things that should be public trust resources." 

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UVM Beverage Vending Contract Goes to Sodexo

Vending machine

On February 1, 2012, a request for proposal was released seeking proposals to provide UVM with beverage vending. UVM received 3 bid responses as part of this process.   The University has chosen Sodexo as the vendor for the beverage vending contract for the next 3 years.  This contract begins on July 1, 2012 and extends through June 30, 2015. The contract is a non-exclusive agreement and Sodexo will offer products from multiple brands. Consistent with the University’s goal to support environmental sustainability this contract will exclude bottled (non-flavored water and non-carbonated) from all vending machines beginning on January 1, 2013. Additionally, in the interest of promoting more healthy choices, at least 33% of the beverage options in vending machines on campus will be healthy choice products.

Source: Office of the President

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