Enacting the Student Senate Ban on the Sale of Bottled Water on Campus

November 12th, 2013 by Brian

Last year the Plymouth State University Student Senate passed  Resolution  S.R. 13 (S) 4 , which constitutes a formal recommendation from the student body to the administration to ban the sale of bottled water on campus. This year many students from across PSU and the staff in the Office of Environmental Sustainability are working hard to educate students about the impacts of bottled water and the ban, and to enact the recommendations passed by Student Senate.

We will holding “Water Week” in the first week of December (December 2-6) to promote this effort with a series of events that will include re-usable bottle give-aways, opportunities to give suggestion about where water bottle refilling stations should be on campus, public speakers, films, and many ways to be actively involved in the issue. If you’d like to get involved please contact Brian Eisenhauer, Director of the Office of Environmental Sustainability.

We hope to see you there!

The text of the resolution passed by Student Senate in Spring 2013:

Bottled Water Consumption Deterrence Act 

Whereas:        Bottled water is an environmentally and socially deleterious product in that: Production of single-use PET #1 plastic bottles consumes 17.6 million barrels of oil per year (not including transportation), enough to fuel 1 million American cars for a year. It takes an estimated 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water. Two million tons, or 86% of water bottles sold in the US are not recycled, and are either incinerated or end up in landfills. There is virtually no regulation on the contents of bottled water, with less than 1 person in the FDA overseeing all existing brands. Corporations seek profits through the privatization of common water resources (rivers, streams, lakes, etc.), causing detriment to community welfare and sustainability; and

Whereas:        About 40% of bottled water sold in the US and Canada is sourced from tap water.  This includes bottled water from Coca-Cola which currently has a contract with Plymouth State University; and

Whereas:        Americans spent more than $20 billion on bottled water in 2011. Plymouth State University consumes over 100,000 bottles annually; and

Whereas:       Plymouth’s municipal water is some of the cleanest in the country, and is very highly regulated under the Environmental Protection Agency.  In fact, 60-70% of bottled water sold in the US is completely unregulated by the Federal law due to loopholes in FDA regulation; and

Whereas:       The cost of bottled water on campus is over 1,900 times more than that of tap water.

Therefore, Let it be Resolved:        That the Student Senate at the Plymouth State University formally discourages the production, selling, purchasing, and consumption of bottled water in the Plymouth State University community; and

Therefore, Further it be Resolved:        That the Student Senate at the Plymouth State University commends and encourages the improvement and retrofitting of water fountains, and the installation of water bottle refilling stations in every building on campus; and

Therefore, Further it be Resolved:       That the Student Senate commends the PSU “Turn on, Tap in, Bottle out” campaign, Common Ground, EGAW, and OES for their work in educating Plymouth citizens about the impacts of bottled water production and consumption; and

Therefore, Finally it be Resolved:        That the Student Senate discourages all PSU programs, departments, offices, and administrative units from spending University monies on bottled water for any purposes.



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