Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 42.29
Liaison Mary Fischer
Submission Date March 28, 2011
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Brandeis University
IN-1: Innovation 1

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Janna Cohen-Rosenthal
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Services
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A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome :

As of Fall 2009, bottled water is not sold in the dining halls and at catered campus events.

A committee of students, faculty, and staff reviewed the issues involved in the use of bottled water on campus and submitted a report to the President in October 2008. The consensus of the committee was to restrict bottled water use where tap water was easily accessible, but to remain selling bottled water in the "convenience store" locations on campus with room to open discussion for further mandatory reductions at a later time.

Brandeis has invested in several logistical measures to encourage and support Bottled Water reduction. Fifty water fountains were upgraded with attachments and new sinks were added in dining halls. All undergraduate students received a reusable water bottle in 2008- and incoming students will get a new one. New staff and faculty members now receive a reusable bottle at employee orientation. Dining Services offers water urns and containers for events.

In addition, educational activities concerning bottle water use have been implemented proceeding the removal and until this date. Students are encouraged to "Drink Responsibly" with activities including tap water taste tests, contests, and documentary showings.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
The website URL where information about the innovation is available :

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