Students living on Upper and Newton campuses and College Road returned from semester break to find a new addition to their residence halls: fixtures that provide filtered water for refillable water bottles.
It’s all part of Boston College’s conservation efforts, according to Sustainability Program Director Robert Pion, who says the project is intended to reinforce the University’s various “green” initiatives. “Reducing the use of plastic bottles, and encouraging people to switch to refillable water bottles, is a significant component in the University’s sustainability campaign.”
The 80 fixtures were installed in residence hall common bathrooms during the break, a project managed by Plumbing Foreman Ken Howland and performed by Metro West Mechanical. Facilities Services Associate Vice President Martin Dugal and Facilities Management Vice President Daniel Bourque were instrumental in supporting the implementation of this measure, in response to students’ requests through the Residence Hall Association, Eco Reps and Eco Pledge for more water bottle filling stations on campus. Water bottle filling units can also be found in campus dining halls, Gasson Hall, the Flynn Recreation Complex and O’Neill Library, among other locations.
Pion noted that Facilities Management plans to include a water bottle-filling fixture when replacing campus water fountains.
For more on sustainability and conservation at BC, see www.bc.edu/sustainability.
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