Spring 2012

[News]

Campus Nixes Bottled Water

No Water Bottles

HUMBOLDT STATE HAS STOPPED selling plastic water bottles on campus, making it the first public university in California and just the third in the nation to do so.

The ban came in response to concerns voiced by students. It includes all campus marketplaces and eateries, including the “J” cafeteria, as well as vending machines.

TC Comet, director of HSU’s Office of Sustainability, says the move makes sense for a campus with a long commitment to the environment. “We are proud to be one of the first campuses to do a phase-out of this magnitude,” he says.

Prior to this year, about 50,000 plastic water bottles were sold on campus each year. The peak in a single year was nearly 80,000. It’s estimated that the production, transportation, storage and disposal of those 80,000 plastic water bottles required about 43 barrels of oil and released over 35,000 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

On campus, there are still plenty of places to quench your thirst.

There are drinking fountains in every building on campus, as well as two “Hydration Stations” in the Depot and Kinesiology & Athletics Building. The stations provide chilled, filtered water, and are designed for refillable beverage containers. The campus is currently retrofitting more water fountains to accommodate reusable water containers.