On the Radio: Drake and Coe Lower Bottled Water Waste


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Listen to this week’s radio segment here, or read the transcript below. This week’s segment covers the efforts of Coe College and Drake University to reduce bottled water waste on their campuses.

Drake University and Coe College are among the many Iowa schools cutting down on bottled water waste.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

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Drake and Coe cut down on bottled water waste


Photo by djwaldow, Flickr.
Photo by djwaldow, Flickr.

Similar to the University of Iowa’s efforts, Drake University and Coe College are cutting down on bottled water use.

At Drake, a student initiative has led to a bottled water ban on campus starting next fall. All new Drake students will receive a reusable bottle at the start of the school year.

Coe College has been giving out reusable bottles to its students for the past five years. Both Coe and Drake have installed “hydration stations” on campus that make it easy to refill bottles.

Read more here.

Iowa’s colleges and universities lower use of bottled water


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Iowa’s colleges and universities are working to reduce the use of bottled water on campus. Many schools have recently installed water fountains designed to refill water bottles (i.e. there’s enough space under the water fountains’ spouts to fit most water bottles).

At the University of Iowa, free water bottles were handed out to students who signed a pledge to not use bottled water.

Some schools have even contemplated eliminating bottled water from vending machines, but this is difficult to enact due to vendor contracts.

Among the schools to install water bottle friendly fountains are University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, Kirkwood Community College and Mount Mercy University.

Read more about the bottled water reduction efforts from The Gazette here.

Iowa City mom creates business to reduce bottled water waste


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An Iowa City mother of three has started a new business to reduce the waste caused by bottled water.

After realizing the negative impact bottle waste has on out environment, Swan decided to start Thirst Station. Her business produces purified water dispensers that require the consumer to provide their own bottles.

The Thirst Station’s purified water costs 40 cents, while other options such as flavored water cost up to $1.

Currently, Thirst Station’s are available in elementary, middle and high schools in Solon, and in the Iowa City School District administration building.

For more information, read the article from Iowa City Patch (includes a video demonstration), and check out the Thirst Station’s website.