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16 2015 April
By Hannah Ellsbury
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Council to ban bottled water at most city-run events

Thunder Bay city council passed a resolution this month to ban the sale of bottled water at most city-run events. Thunder Bay already has a policy in place that limits the distribution of bottled water at city facilities, such as city hall, where safe, potable water is available. The policy does allow for bottled water under certain...

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13 2015 April
By Hannah Ellsbury
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UCF students fill fountain with 250,000 water bottles

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player The University of Central Florida’s Reflection Pond was filled with plastic water bottles as part of a campaign to raise awareness about waste generated at the school. Students Wednesday littered the pond with 250,000 plastic bottles. Organizers say they will be handing out information to students as they walk by...

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09 2015 April
By Hannah Ellsbury
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Americans Trying to Wean Themselves Off the Bottle (Water Bottle, that is)

Every day, Americans go through 50 million plastic water bottles.  And it takes more than 17 million barrels of oil to meet our demand for bottled water, since most plastics are derived from petroleum. That’s enough energy to fuel more than a million cars and power nearly 200,000 homes every year.  Never mind how much...

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01 2015 April
By Hannah Ellsbury
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Strong Advocate Pushes For Ban in Vancouver

Kelly Newton loves how beautiful it is in Vancouver and she wants to keep it that way. That’s why the 25-year-old, who was born and raised here, started a petition last week called “Take Back the Tap Vancouver” on Change.org to ban the sale of plastic water bottles with a capacity of less than one...

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05 2015 March
By Hannah Ellsbury
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City Council Approves Drinking Fountain Installations

The Oskaloosa City Council in Iowa passed a resolution Monday that would allow for the installation of drinking fountains in public parks and municipal buildings during new construction, or reconstruction. With this process in place, it will help assist in the community’s effort to become a certified Blue Zones Community. According to the Public Water...

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19 2015 January
By Hannah Ellsbury
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BREAKING: Tsal’alh First Nation Bans Bottled Water!

A First Nation near Lillooet, B.C. has banned the sale of bottled water in an attempt to highlight the need for safe drinking water in indigenous communities. “What we’ve done is we’ve taken a vow to continue to protect our water sources and help raise the issue of how important water resources are,” said the community’s...

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09 2015 January
By Hannah Ellsbury
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Mobile Water Station Saves over 99,000 Single-Use Plastic Bottles

In its first year, Evanston’s Mobile Water Station served 9,300 gallons of tap water while reducing disposable 12-ounce bottle use by 99,000. The Mobile Water Station, a city-owned cart that provided clean tap water at 55 various events in 2014, will continue to operate this year and promote conservation education, said Kristin Rehg (McCormick ’03), the city utilities management analyst. The...

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30 2014 December
By Hannah Ellsbury
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It Surrounds Us, Can You Avoid It?

Plastic has taken over our world. Take a look around you. That water bottle, Starbucks coffee cup, your Walmart lunch bag is all plastic that eventually gets thrown away and becomes plastic waste in our landfills, oceans and event the streets we live on. There are many ways to avoid the high usage of plastic....

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