2012 Application Submission
I Heart Tap Water Website
I Heart Tap Water Pledge
Project Description: Funding will be used to install three bottle refill stations and sixteen bottle filler retrofits. The locations for stations and bottle refill tretrofits are identified based on the following criteria:
This proposal builds upon the 2010 and 2011 TGIF grants, which funded the Design Guidelines for Installation of Bottle Refill Stations in Existing Buildings and installation of a total of 6 refill stations and 2 water fountain retrofits.
Goals: Continue to improve access to tap water on campus, which supports the use of reusable drinking containers and reduces the purchase and disposal of single-use plastic water bottles. Support campus goals to reduce waste, improve tap water accessibility, and foster a sustainable culture. Prioritize water fountain retrofits with bottle fillers for a total of 16 and the potential for 5 additional refill stations. Work with campus departments and PP-CS to institutionalize future bottle refill stations as part of any new construction projects. Collaborate with I Heart Tap Water, Take Back the Tap, Building Sustainability at Cal, and the UCB Nutrition and Physical Activity Work Group. Track campus bottled water sales and track bottle refill station use with the station's automatic counters.
Water Cooler Conversion Guide- Tools & Resources
Is your Department's Green Team thinking of eliminating the office water cooler but not sure where to start?
There are many things to consider when thinking about eliminating the office water cooler or changing to a "bottle-less" cooler that is plumbed to the tap water line. From learning about the needs and concerns of the building occupants to the options for replacement, there are several steps recommended to identify solutions that will meet most everyone's needs, as well as align with the sustainability and health goals of the department and University.
|New Water Bottle Refill Stations and Fountain Bottle Fillers Funded by TGIF|
At Cal there are a lot of reasons to love tap water. It's sourced from Sierra Nevada snowmelt, it's clean, it tastes good, it's sustainable, and it's free! However, two barriers still drive students to purchase single use water bottles — lack of knowledge that our tap water is safe and tastes great, and access to tap water sources that make it easy to refill a water container.
Those barriers are starting to fade with several more water bottle refill stations installed throughout the campus. The Green Initiative Fund has funded new refill stations in Sproul Hall (first floor by the visitor center), Wheeler Hall (first floor near room 130), and Kroeber Hall (by the Hearst Museum of Anthropology). Several departments have added refill stations including locations in Barrows Hall ground floor by room 44 and Hearst Gymnasium next to the west entrance.
TGIF also funded bottle fillers installed on existing ADA-compliant water fountains, a cost-effective solution allowing more installations in more buildings. You can find bottle fillers on fountains in the ASUC, Doe Library, Tan Hall, Latimer, Pimentel, LeConte, Cory, GPB, LSA, and VLSB. See the google map of refill stations on campus in publically-accessible locations. You can also take the "I Heart Tap Water" Pledge here!
-article originally published by Trish Ratto in the May 2013 issue of Bright Green News from the Office of Sustainability.
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