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York University aims to go bottled water free by 2015


Natalie Thomas, reporter
April 17, 2012 — York University is the latest school hoping to eliminate bottled water from their campus. Natalie Thomas reports.


Officials promoted the idea of going bottled water free by giving students reusable water bottles
Officials promoted the idea of going bottled water free by giving students reusable water bottles

Between September 2010 and August 2011, roughly 200,000 bottles of water were sold on campus at York University. On Tuesday, it was announced that by 2015, that number will be reduced to zero.

"This has been probably three years in the making. It's actually part of a national campaign that's run jointly by the Canadian Federation of Students, the Polaris Institute, and the Sierra Youth Coalition," explains Alastair Woods from the York Federation of Students. "Just trying to get campuses, both college and university campuses to go bottled water free."

York isn't alone in this movement. In fact many schools across the country have already - or are beginning to - phase out bottled water.

Both the University of Toronto and Ryerson have taken part in it, a series of municipalities have also joined in," says Woods. "We have colleges and universities in, I believe, almost every province now who've committed to go bottled water free or to phase it out over a number of years."

Hydration stations will be installed around campus for easy access to water
Hydration stations will be installed around campus for easy access to water

Students on campus are given reusable water bottles, and here's the coolest part: Hydration stations are being set up so that free drinking water is made available at all times.

"As we go through the program, they're going to be everywhere -- they'll be all over the place," says Mamdouh Shoukri, President & Vice-Chancellor of York. "So that nobody will have any problem finding a hydration station in order to fill their bottles."

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