(Matt Rocheleau for Boston.com)
Emerson College has begun phasing out bottled water on its Boston campus.
In doing so, the school joins a growing number of colleges and universities across the country that are moving to ban or restrict the sale of plastic water bottles.
Like other schools, Emerson leaders are citing a number of factors for the action:
that bottled water costs significantly more to buy than tap water; that making plastic bottles contributes to greenhouse gas emissions; used bottles create added waste or litter; and that, despite marketing that suggests otherwise, and studies have found bottled water is not any safer than tap water.
Emerson President Lee Pelton wrote last week in an e-mail to campus members that the purchase of bottled water with institutional funds will be “strongly discouraged.”
The school plans to install new “hydration stations” and retrofit some existing water fountains to make them more reusable-bottle friendly. The use of five-gallon water jugs will be phased out and the school will continue to install filtration systems. Administrators also pledged to ensure that campus events catered by food vendor Aramark will serve pitchers of water instead of individual bottles.
The announcement from Emerson administrators that the school is joining the “back to the tap” movement was timed with the upcoming celebration of International World Water Day on March 22.
Dartmouth College and Harvard and Brown universities are among the campuses that have banned or restricted the use of plastic water bottles.
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