Ban the Bottle
Over 60 colleges and universities across the US have initiated Ban the Bottle campaigns, which aim to restrict sales and usage of bottled water across campuses. Americans consume more than 8.6 billion gallons of bottled water each year, and an estimated 77% of these bottles are not recycled. Additionally, the use of reusable water bottles filled with tap water is an immensely less energy intensive action than the manufacture, production, and transportation of disposable plastic bottles. In an effort to effectively eliminate disposable water bottle consumption, we are proposing the installation of eco-friendly water fountain and water bottle filling stations in URI residence halls, many of which don't have access to a source of clean fountain water. With the introduction of these water bottle filling stations, we hope to reduce the demand for bottled water at campus vendors, thereby furthering progress of effectively banning plastic water bottles in the future. Whether in-state, or out-of-state, we pay a lot of money to be students at this University. It is our voice that administration listens to. Please help to make this change both for the benefit of campus living, as well as to help save the environment, one plastic water bottle at a time. This petition as long as a drafted proposal will be presented to the President of URI, David Dooley, so student support is vital in making a change.