Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 48.22
Liaison Sarah Rykal
Submission Date July 25, 2013
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University of Wisconsin-Stout
IN-1: Innovation 1

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Sarah Rykal
Sustainability Coordinator
Sustainability Office
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A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome :

UW-Stout's I LOVE TAP WATER program began in 2010 to encourage the UW-Stout community to use tap water instead of plastic water bottles. Devised as an alternative to banning water on our campus, we believe this program aids in long-term behavioral change of our students, faculty, and staff. Since the beginning of the campaign in 2010, UW-Stout has installed 51 hydration stations across campus. According to bottles saved counters on these stations in March 2013, the campus has saved 840,383 plastic water bottles.

A focus group conducted at UW-Stout in 2013 looked at the impact of campus initiatives. It indicated that this campaign has altered social norms for students, making it common-place for students to use water bottles from home instead of throw-away containers.

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

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