Thank You, Belmont University

This is exciting Earth Day news from The Tennessean:

In a move it hopes will keep plastic out of the landfills and a
little more cash in students’ pockets, Belmont University is about to
ban the sale of all bottled water on campus.

Starting May 16, students will either have to belly up to the campus’s free,
filtered water fountains on campus or buy their bottled water
elsewhere. Bottled water will be banned from campus stores and vending

“We’re hoping this is a small behavioral change that will get students
thinking about other changes they can make in their own lives” to
affect the environment, said Judy Skeen, professor of religion and head
of Belmont‘s Environmental Initiative.

Skeen ticked off the benefits of asking students to drink from reusable
Nalgene or aluminum bottles, rather than disposable plastic:

“Bottled water is shockingly expensive to the consumer and the environment,” she
said. “And given what we know about the quality of water from the tap
and in the bottle, it’s completely unnecessary. Recycling the bottles
doesn’t solve the larger problem of excessive resources needed to
produce and transport something that is solely a convenience. “

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