Orange is the New Green: Water Stations Save 13 Tons of Plastic at UCI

With staff and student support, hydration stations have been strategically placed around UC Irvine’s campus, in residence halls and student centers, for a quick fill up of filtered water. In the first year of usage, the hydration stations saved 475,000 bottles, or 13 tons of plastic. The teamwork by staff and The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF), a student run entity that supports sustainability on campus, have shown their commitment to embracing positive changes for their school.

Established in 2009, TGIF awards approximately $120,000 a year for projects that fight global climate change and shrink UCI’s carbon footprint. Students willing to participate in TGIF pay $3.50 per quarter, and are given the chance to apply for grants up to $50,000. Their proposals are reviewed by a committee of five undergraduates that look to continue the development of sustainability awareness and a more eco-friendly UCI. The Green Initiative Fund has funded such projects as a documentary on harmful effects of plastic water bottles, a solar powered stage at the annual Wayzgoose festival, and energy-efficient computer hardware at the new student newspaper. UC Irvine and The Green Initiative Fund have secured a great opportunity for students to put their knowledge into practice as they build for a better tomorrow. Like many of TGIF’s projects, the hydration stations campaign has had a ripple effect, as many other local universities and high schools have shown interest in implementing stations on their campuses. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

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