Concordia University is Canada’s newest bottled water free campus
Ban the Bottle congratulates the Concordia University administration for taking this important step towards a more sustainable and just campus. A special applause goes to the students who organized the successful TAPthirst campaign that was instrumental in this incredible outcome.
By phasing out the sale of bottled water from vending machines on the Loyola and Sir George Williams campuses and by committing to upgrade drinking fountains to accommodate reusable drink containers, Concordia University is making a serious commitment to responsible environmental practices.
Concordia is the 13th Canadian university, and 4th so far this year, to take this significant action to curb the sale of bottled water in campus buildings. Bottled water free campuses are important for fostering support and confidence in publicly delivered tap water. If young people develop the habit of refilling water bottles for free instead of paying inflated prices for privatized bottled water, Canada’s important public water systems will benefit.
Concordia University’s announcement shows that the campaign to curb the sale of bottled water in Canada’s institutions of higher learning is gaining momentum in the face of unprecedented pressure from the bottled water industry to block and overturn these initiatives.
Congratulations and cheers to the tap!