Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 46.59
Liaison Bambi Ingram
Submission Date July 29, 2016
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STARS v2.1

University of Alabama at Birmingham
IN-25: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Bambi Ingram
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Water Bottle Refill Program

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

UAB Sustainability instituted a water bottle refill station program in 2015, placing 34 refill stations in buildings across campus. In July 2016 student interns conducted a usage survey of each of the stations: the usage counts added up to 305,363 refills, resulting in the same number of water bottles being saved from landfills. At an estimated cost of $1.15 per bottle, students, faculty, and staff saved $351,167 in expenses for bottled water.

UAB Sustainability advanced learning opportunities for the stations by adding educational signage about water conservation, posted information on electronic signage across campus, and collaborated with the art department in creating an image and limited edition prints depicting the water bottle program.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Campus Enagement
Wellbeing & Work

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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