Vassar College Moves Forward to Reach New Ground
Last March, Vassar College voted to endorse the “Tap That” resolution throughout their campus eateries by prohibiting the sale of bottled water. Former Class of 2012 President Pam Vogel said, “I have received more emails expressing support for this resolution than on any other single issue in the last two years.”
A short 6 months later, Vassar College’s student government group is now working towards an expansion of the ban, requesting the discontinuation of bottled water sales at off-campus events and the removal of bottled water from all vending machines.
Yet, this next push for a water bottle-free campus could potentially stir up some controversy, especially in regards to vending machines. With vending machines, come contracts with large beverage companies such as Coca-Cola’s Dasani bottled water and Pepsi’s Aquafina. The best way to handle a contractual situation such as this is to wait until the contract term is up. In doing so, these colleges can avoid potential conflict with powerful companies such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi.
Vassar College is continuing to install more and more refilling stations in hopes that students will bring their stainless steel (Vassar-branded) reusable water bottles, which were handed out in the beginning of the year, and refill them at the stations. In doing so, students are reducing their own costs and reducing the waste affiliated with plastic water bottles.