Since 2012, there has been significant effort in educating the Champlain College community about the various issues with bottled water (including, but not limited to, privatization of a public resource, access and equity, waste in production and disposal, etc.) as well as adding the physical resources necessary to create an environment where access to free, safe drinking water is easy for all. In April 2013, the campus community was surveyed to see if they would support removing the sale and use of regular, unflavored bottled water on campus and this was overwhelming supported by those that responded. In June 2013, Champlain switched from solely working with Coca Cola as our beverage vendor to being an open source campus where any retailer can work with any provider.
We will no longer sell plain bottled water in campus vending machines, or the Bookstore as of March 2014. Additionally, bottled water will not be available at most catered events (may have special exclusions for some catered events including some summer groups or Admissions events). Champlain College would then be joining the company of more than 35 other institutions of higher education across the US and Canada, including the University of Vermont and St. Michael's College, who have banned or restricted the sale and use of bottled water.
Ten Reasons Why Champlain College is Banning the Bottle:
|10. We have FREE water bottle refill stations and fountains all over campus. Champlain has a continuing effort to upgrade water fountains with combo water filling stations (see map of available water on campus at http://bit.ly/CCWater) and bulk water is offered for catering.
9. The City of Burlington supplies campus with some of the best, cleanest water in the nation.
8. We give water bottles to all new students and employees.
7. Tap water is more strictly regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency than bottled water is by the Food and Drug Administration.*
6. Half of all bottled water sold is simply tap water in a plastic bottle.*
5. 80% of plastic bottles are not recycled so they end up in our lakes, streams, oceans, and landfills.*
4. The 17 million barrels of oil it takes per year to make all the plastic water bottles used in the U.S. is enough to fuel 1.3 million cars for a year.*
3. In a spring 2013 survey at Champlain, 64% of respondents supported stopping the sale of bottled water on campus.
2. During blind taste tests on campus, people have preferred fountain water over bottled water.
1. Bottled water costs about 2000 times more than tap water.*
*For more facts go to storyofbottledwater.org
Indoor smoking is banned in all College buildings. As of September 2012, outdoor smoking is banned on central campus (Aiken Lawn and the Rozendaal Courtyard) and within 25 feet of all entries, outdoor air intakes and operable windows from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Outdoor smoking is also banned outside of all residence halls within 25 feet of all entries, outdoor air intakes, and operable windows at all times. This includes the third floor patio of the library.
The campus has a smoking gazebo located on the lawn next to Aiken Hall which is a designated smoking spot on campus. If you need to smoke while visiting our campus, please ask where the gazebo is if you can't find it.