Project Leads: Trish Ratto, Eric Ellisen, & Teri Mathers
Sponsor: Capital Projects
TGIF Grant: $27,000
Project Theme: Water Conservation & Tap Water
2011 Application Submission
Project Description: In 2006, bottled water comprised 39% of the approximately 2,156,000 individual plastic bottles sold on campus. This project worked to reduce that number by installing two campus bottle refill stations and creating "Building Design Guidelines for Installation of Bottle Refill Stations" to be used for future campus installations.
Goals: Reduce the purchase and disposal of single-use plastic drinking bottles and support the use of reusable water bottles by improving campus accessibility to tap water refill stations. Create "Building Design Guidelines for Installation of Bottle Refill Stations" that are based on a review of the California Plumbing Code, current building codes, ADA guidelines, and Construction Design Standards. Install a bottle refill station in Dwinelle Hall. Install a bottle refill station in MLK Jr. Student Union. Collaborate with the I Heart Tap Water Campaign to promote the locations of the two new bottle refill stations. Assist campus in reaching zero waste by 2020. Assist the UCB Nutrition and Physical Activity Work group's goal to improve access to tap water for reusable water containers. Assist campus in reaching a goal of "minimizing the use of nonrenewable energy and material resources", as outlined in the 2020 Long Range Development Plan. In their first year, we anticipate at least a 10% decrease in water bottle purchases due to the installation of the Bottle Refill Stations, which could account for almost 4500 fewer pounds of waste generated by campus.
Although this grant was originally slated to install two bottle refill stations, one in Dwinelle Hall and one in Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Union, unforeseen construction and design challenges caused the Dwinelle project to be over-budget and therefore only the Dwinelle Bottle Refill Station was installed. Despite its challenges, the Dwinelle project was a fantastic learning experience for the future of bottle refill stations at UC Berkeley. The project leaders created Design Guidelines for Existing Buildings and a better specs process for future installations.
Promoting Health and Sustainability-
Water Refill Stations at UC Berkeley
Final Update: Installation of Bottle Refill Stations received a 2011 Grant Award and a 2012 Grant Award and will be using the funding to install 8 more stations and 16 bottle refill retrofits for current water fountains. The future bottle refill stations installations will use the "Design Guidelines for Existing Buildings" and continue to collaborate with the I Heart Tap Water Campaign.
The Dwinelle station has eliminated waste from over 120,000 disposable plastic bottles as of May 2013.
I Heart Tap Water and Bottle Refill Station Google Map