The Humanities Green Team applied for Working Group Project Funding FY 2013-14 to install Bottleless Water Coolers in our large event/conference rooms in the Humanities 1 Building. Bottleless water coolers are a greener choice for our large event rooms because 1) the coolers use tap water instead of bottled water, 2) we no longer have to order bottled water to be delivered for the hundreds of events and seminars held in Humanities each year, and 3) they encourage people to bring and refill reusable containers (coolers provide hot and cold water).
This project will help to meet several campus sustainability objectives including:
*Waste Reduction - No more plastic water bottles at meetings, events, seminars and conferences.
*Water - Promotes the "Take Back the Tap" campaign by using tap water instead of bottled water.
*Energy and Greenhouse Gases - No need for trucks to drive on campus to deliver gallons and gallons of bottled water.
*Education - Everyone who refills their cup will see the Take Back the Tap campaign sticker. Locating these bottleless coolers in large event spaces provides an opportunity for high visibility with students, faculty, staff, and community members and will create greater awareness around campus sustainability efforts.
*Procurement - Provides a greener purchasing option for campus departments.