Bottled Water and SFCC
Over the past year at SFCC, there has been a renewed interest in helping to reduce the college’s carbon footprint by eliminating the use of plastic water bottles on campus. The Sustainability Committee, Environmental, Biofuels, Solar and Spirulina Clubs and Student Government Association have all been actively involved in this initiative.
What are some concerns about bottled water?
- Out of the 50 billion bottles of water being bought each year, 80% end up in a landfill, even though recycling programs exist.
- 17 million barrels of oil are used in producing bottled water each year.
- Bottled water costs 1,000 times more than tap water. Drinking 2 Litres of tap water a day only costs 50 cents per year.
- Plastic leaches toxins into the water, which have been linked to health problems such as reproductive issues and cancer.
Ten “hydration stations” are located throughout campus where you can refill reusable water bottles with filtered water:
- Main Hallway near the Welcome and Advising Center
- Outside of classroom 408
- In the Atrium on the 300 level
- Near the study lounge, Room 497
- In the Fitness Education Center
- Outside of Fashion Design classroom 700
- Across from the entrance to the Library
- In Kids Campus
- Outside of workshop 821
- In the hallway near Sculpture class 730