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In order to limit the use of single use plastic on our campus, the Office of Housing and Residence Life's goal is implementing outdoor bottleless water fountains for Move-In on Saturday, August 16, 2014. By placing ten portable hydration stations in various locations around the residence halls, we will be able to provide volunteers, incoming freshmen and families, as well as faculty and staff, with fresh drinking water. This will eliminate our consumption of single use plastic and help to protect our environment. The use of bottleless water dispensers will also serve as an opportunity to educate the community about water conservation and the importance of reducing the consumption of plastic. We also encourage students to further reduce their impact by using their own reusable bottles at future Move-Ins and in their every day lives.
In 2012, we provided our volunteers and students with 8,400 single-use disposable plastic water and Gatorade bottles. In 2013, we switched to giving volunteers stainless steel reusable bottles and providing ten water hydration stations that were set up around campus. By making this switch, we used zero single-use plastic bottles in 2013, and will continue to use zero at every future Move-In. This year the water stations will be available for individuals to fill their reusable water bottles and paper cone cups. Ice and Gatorade will also be provided at each hydration station.
During Move-In Day on August, 16, 2014, Housing & Residence Life will provide ten water dispensers from Waterboy Sports where individuals may refill their reusable bottles. These dispensers will be placed around the freshmen move-in residential areas of Belk, Cornerstone, Galloway, Graham Hall, Hewlett Hall, Honors, International, the University Apartments, University Suites, and the Office of Housing and Residence Life.
Each water dispenser will have eight individual refill stations, capable of high volume use. These dispensers are also portable and easily storable, making them available for use at future outdoor events on the UNCW campus. In this way, we will be able to extend the positive environmental impact of this Bottleless Water Initiative beyond Move-In Day and well into the university's future.
To help maintain the plastic-free status of this event, and to help all participants stay well hydrated, every volunteer will be given a reusable water bottle on Move-In Day however, we strongly encourage everyone to bring their own. The 20-ounce bottles are made of stainless steel and are BPA-free. Volunteers can refill their bottles at the hydration stations throughout the day, and are able to keep them for their own future use. These bottles are sponsored by Housing & Residence Life, UNCW Campus Dining, the UNCW Sustainability Committee, Port City Java, and Image Promotions.
The StickerAll participants of Move-In 2014 will be provided with a Sustainable Move-In sticker. Volunteers should write their name on their sticker and attach it to their bottle, as a way to help everyone keep track of their own bottles. Signing this sticker is also a mark of a personal pledge to pursue sustainability in all areas of life.
- Zero single-use plastic beverage bottles this move-in - compared to 8,400 bottles used in 2012.
- Single-use untreated cone cups are biodegradable and recyclable
- The info-graphic posters are made from a recyclable vinyl material
- Hydration Stations are reusable for outdoor events and many Move-In to come
- Providing reusable water bottles to help community reduce their use of single use plastic
- Using resources we have available at UNCW: i.e. tap water
For more information on the environmental impact of single-use plastics and the importance of reducing consumption, we recommend the following websites: