The student government at Bemidji State University, part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system, voted unanimously to pass a bill banning the sale of plastic water bottles. BSU is the first in the MnSCU system to ban the sale of bottled water on campus, though two non-MnSCU campuses in Minnesota, Macalester and the College of Saint Benedict, have already banned the bottle.

The bill was put forward by seniors Alex Miller and Seth Hofland with the aim of fostering environmental sustainability and access to free water rather than commercial water. As the bill reads, “The production and distribution of bottled water is an unsustainable industry. Bemidji State University should not invest in the bottled water industry’s attempt to deny the basic human right to have access to clean drinking water.”

The bill would ban the sale of bottled water on campus, with the exception of Chet Anderson Stadium, starting fall of 2016. However, the BSU administration must also approve the bill before the sale of water is actually banned, though the unanimous vote would be a strong incentive for support.

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