With the demanding schedule of college life, bottled water has become a popular item in many classrooms for students and faculty on the go. But with these convenient beverages, there are numerous long lasting negative impacts on communities and the environment.
In recent years, institutions like Grand Valley State University (Michigan) have been recognized on numerous occasions for their efforts on behalf of a more sustainable campus. In 2006, the university (GVSU) even established The Sustainable Community Development Initiative as a formal department. But some how in all this progressive change, bottled water seems to go unnoticed and unchecked.
Free Water is an appeal to Grand Valley State University to terminate its sales of Aquafina (Pepsi co). Although the sales and contract are very lucrative, the university is clearly undermining its own mission “to provide Grand Valley administration, faculty, staff, students, and community stakeholders with the required skills and capabilities to become better stewards and responsible global citizens in the workforce, communities, and family life.”
In a letter to the STARS Assessment Committee, President Thomas J. Haas states “the university will hold themselves accountable for achieving their strategic goals that are built around seven values that define Grand Valley.” These include effective teaching, liberal education, scholarship, service, inclusiveness, community, and sustainability.
Join the campaign and tell Grand Valley to stop selling bottled water and move one step closer to a sustainable future.
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