The student-led campaign to remove plastic bottles from campus began in 2010 after several students in the Eco-Environmental Society participated in a research project studying the impact of bottled water on the environment and on the college campus. The Eco-Environmental Society then worked to educate the campus on the negative effects of bottled water, including the large amount of waste that is produced, the contribution to climate change this waste creates, the privatization of water, and the limited regulation and safety around bottled water.
Of the course of the next year, the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras will work to completely eliminate the sale of bottled water at campus-based businesses and increase the availability of bottled water alternatives, like hydration stations. The University Board recently voted unanimously to consider this initiative for the other campuses – eleven in total – in the University of Puerto Rico system.
Congratulations University of Puerto Rico! Join the University of Puerto Rico and hundreds of other colleges and universities, by eliminating bottled water from your school or business!