Last year we asked RRC students about their “top of mind” sustainability issues for the College. Full results from that study can be found here, but those interested in the Coles Notes version need to know that installing more bottle fill stations ranked in the sustainability top-three.
The Notre Dame Campus now has 16 chilled, filtered bottle fill stations located in every building and on every floor on campus. Bottle fill stations can also be found at the Portage Campus and are planned for the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute (under construction). Sorry Roblin Centre, because the taste and temperature of your fountain water is p.d.g. (pretty darned good), we did a quick retrofit of your fountains with a goose necks.
What’s the single biggest reason folks purchase bottled water on campus?
By promoting tap water as convenient, cold and free option to quench your thist, we’ll be watching campus bottled water consumption over the next while for an expected decrease. So reach to the back of your cupboard, or head down to the RRC Book Store to purchase a reusable bottle and fill ‘er up at a water station near you!
p.s. If you have 8 minutes and 4 seconds to spare, this short film gives a good overview of the issues surrounding bottled water: Story of Bottled Water.