Iowa Colleges Curb Water Bottle Use

A bag full of plastic bottles lays outside of a sleep tent at Forward Operating Base Seattle at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin on Thursday, Sept. 30, near Barstow, Calif. Iowa Army National Guard soldiers were required to sort recyclables for Fort Irwin's recycling program. (Jim Slosiarek/SourceMedia Group News)


By Rachel Begle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Drake University in Des Moines plans to severely limit sales of plastic single-serving bottles filled with water.

The Des Moines Register says a student-led campaign persuaded officials to ban sales of the bottles from most places on the campus starting next fall. Each new Drake student will receive a reusable bottle that can be filled at so-called hydration stations, which are special water fountains around campus that make it easy to fill tall bottles.

Dozens of colleges across the country have adopted or pursued similar limits, including Coe College in Cedar Rapids.

Coe started giving out reusable water bottles five years ago, and began installing re-fill stations more recently. The school is in the process of installing more of those stations with the goal of making them available across the entire campus. Students, faculty and staff make up several committees dedicated to keeping the environment clean.

"Increasingly in recent years students have become more and more concerned about environmental sustainability and here at Coe we've taken several steps to try and be more environmentally friendly," Coe College Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Rod Pritchard, said.

Coe College is also part of the American College and University President's Climate Commitment. As part of that promise the school reports progress it has made in helping the environment.

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