OnTap: Bottled Water Free Campus

Did you know: The United Nations General Assembly recognized the Human Right to Water and Sanitation (HRWS) on July 28th, 2010.

On October 31, 2011 the University of Toronto Scarborough campus, along with UTSG and UTM ban the sale of plastic water bottles on campus.

The purpose of this initiative was to ensure that all students, staff and faculty had access to water. This initiative involved eliminating the sale of plastic water bottles from all campus vendors and vending machines as well as investing in the installation of public water filling stations and upgrading old fountains. This initiative also encompassed the distribution of over 1000 reusable water bottles to students across campus at various information booths and interactive activities discussing the importance of hydration, water as a human right, as well as the effects of plastic bottles on the environment. This initiative was brought to fruition with the support and partnership of the Business Development Office, Scarborough Campus Student Union, UTSC Athletics Department and the Heath & Wellness Centre.

This incentive allows students to reduce the use of bottled water to combat against the excess plastic that is not recycled. Plastic production is a significant environmental issue, thus through micro-sustainable practices, students will become influenced to consume less bottled water. Additionally, it reflects the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #12 (responsible consumption and production), #14 (life below water), and #15 (life on land).

Fact: As of May 30th, 2013, the UTSC campus has eliminated 269,066 plastic water bottles from the landfill! (Data from counter on water filling stations)

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