At Seattle University, you won’t find plastic bottled water at the bookstore, in our vending machines, at athletics concession stands, in on-campus restaurants, or at catered events. You will find innovative water-conservation measures like high-efficiency plumbing fixtures, high-tech cooling systems, irrigation and rain sensors, and more.
Plastic Bottled Water-Free Campus
The ASSU, Academic Assembly, and the Executive Team passed a resolution to stop selling single-use bottled water on campus beginning September 2010 for some very good reasons:
- The students demanded it (read about the student-led campaign).
- To foster a concern for justice and the competence to promote it.
- To preserve water as a human right and not a commodity to be bought and sold for profit.
- To help the university achieve its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Our leadership on this issue got us mentioned in the media and blogs including the NY Times, the Seattle Times, and the Stranger - read the news stories. What does a simple plastic bottle of water have to do with lofty issues like justice and human rights? Read Reasons for a Plastic Bottled Water–Free Campus to find out.
But don’t worry; we don’t expect you to go thirsty. Free, filtered water and bottle fillers are available at over 30 campus locations. Cherry St. Market has free water at the soda fountain. The Bottom Line, Sidebar and Bistro have free water in a water jug and compostable paper cups. You can buy your own low-cost water bottle at the Bookstore. Questions? Visit our FAQ.
Water Conservation Measures
To make the most of this precious resource, we use water-efficient technology in our buildings and water-conserving practices to care for our landscaping. For details, read Water Conservation.