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.

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On the Radio: University of Iowa adds new hydration stations


Hydration station similar to the ones around the University of Iowa. Photo by UC Irvine, Flickr.
Hydration station similar to the ones around the University of Iowa. Photo by UC Irvine, Flickr.

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment discusses recent efforts by The University of Iowa to cut down on disposable bottled water waste.

University of Iowa’s hydration stations are cutting down on plastic waste on campus.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

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UI adds more hydration stations on campus


Hydration station similar to the ones around the University of Iowa. Photo by UC Irvine, Flickr.
Hydration station similar to the ones around the University of Iowa. Photo by UC Irvine, Flickr.

The University of Iowa is adding more hydration stations around campus.

Hydration stations are water fountains that filter water and are designed to fill water bottles. They also have an electronic display showing the estimated number of disposable plastic bottles saved by people using the hydration station. For instance, the hydration station in UI’s Rienow Hall has saved an estimated 21,000 bottles.

The new locations for the hydration stations include the new art and music buildings and the Main Library.

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