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Petitioning Grand Valley State University President Thomas J. Haas, PhD and 1 other

Tell Grand Valley State University to Stop Selling Bottled Water on Campus

 

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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Letter to
Grand Valley State University President Thomas J. Haas, PhD
Campus Dining
With the demanding schedule of college life, bottled water has become a popular item for many Grand Valley 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, there has been great work done by many to make our campus more sustainable, but some how in all this progressive change bottled water seems to go unnoticed and unchecked. Although the sales and contract with Pepsi Co. has been very lucrative for the institution, it 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 recent 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.

So as a community of students, educators, and co-workers, we must all recognize the problems with the bottled water industry and take the necessary steps to reach our goal of a sustainable campus.