Year of Sustainability Drafts 'Back to the Tap' Initiative
Albion raises a glass – of water – to its 2010-11 Year of Sustainability with the kickoff of "Back to the Tap." Filtered water stations have been installed around campus, to support the use of reusable containers and cut down on bottled water consumption.
"The new water stations are intended to promote sustainability by providing an attractive alternative to commercial bottled water," explained biologist Doug White, co-chair of the Sustainability Committee. "Getting off the bottle and on the tap will minimize the waste of disposable plastic bottles and the energy costs of trucking bottled water. Drinking tap water will reconnect people with the importance of protecting their local water supply--an issue that hits home with oil spilling into the Kalamazoo."
White stresses that most commercially bottled water is no safer or cleaner than Albion's tap water, and Albion's tap water has beaten bottled water in blind taste tests held on campus. Nonetheless, he admits, "refilling a bottle at a drinking fountain or sink can be difficult or unappealing. The new coolers are designed to dispense filtered water easily to reusable bottles."
The Albion water stations are located in Putnam Hall, the Dow Recreation Complex, Mudd Library, Kellogg Center, Ferguson Hall and Olin Hall. There is no charge for water.
Commemorative Year of Sustainability stainless steel water bottles will be available for purchase later this month at the Kellogg Center Eat Shop and in Baldwin Hall.