Magazine article University Business

Water Refills Waste Less

Magazine article University Business

Water Refills Waste Less

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With the world's population consuming 1 million plastic bottles per minute, hydration stations are popping up at several colleges and universities to promote environmental consciousness and healthfulness on campus.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas began in 2011 installing stations where students can fill their reusable bottles with filtered water that's free and cold. The first station, located in a building in the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, became a hotspot for many outside the hospitality department, says Monica Garcia, sustainability coordinator at UNLV.

As a UNLV student, Garcia led a group of her classmates in partnering with nonprofit Food & Water Watch to educate the campus community about both the benefits of hydration stations and the dangers of worldwide water bottle usage.

The students, working with mentors provided by Food & Water Watch's Take Back the Tap campaign, created a matching fund for station installation. Monetary support from the finance office and matched by other departments has since allowed the university to place 90 stations around campus. …

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