How One University is Getting Rid of Campus Waste Tastefully, One Step at a Time
As a leading university in promoting campus sustainability, it was apparent to The New School leadership that serving good tasting drinking water in their facilities was an important factor in their commitment to their students and the environment. The popularity of disposable bottled water among students and faculty, in addition to the challenges of a campus location in New York City, aggravated existing campus waste and storage problems. This, in addition to the obvious environmental hazards and increased cost of disposable bottled water, motivated the administrators to seek alternatives.
While many drinking water dispensing options were considered, including point of use (POU) counter-top water coolers, The New School contacted Filtrine and ultimately decided to install five of Filtrine’s Model B103 Bottle Filling Stations in 2008. The all stainless steel "low profile" construction, along with the wide variety of drinking water bottle filling station options, were contributing factors in their decision to go with Filtrine.
In order to promote the use of Filtrine's water bottle filling stations, they also installed five Filtrine Model ES-2-RF-IW chiller/purifiers (one for each outlet), in discrete "in-wall" locations with access for regular maintenance. In this case, the bottle filling station locations were extremely spread out, so the possibility of using a single central drinking water chiller to dispense water to multiple units was not an option. The Model ES-2-RF-IW non-recirculating in-wall remote chillers/purifiers ensured that the water being served from the bottle filling stations was chilled, safe to drink, and unpleasant tastes and odors (such as chlorine) removed. This produced a water quality that was better than disposable bottled water and helped jump-start the transition to reducing campus waste.
Since the first installation in 2008, the university has continued to install Filtrine's water bottle filling stations on every new campus project. They have also taken advantage of Filtrine's different bottle filling station configurations, including: the Model B103-CD2 cup dispenser and disposal bin; the Model B103-C2-H bottle filler that offers both hot and cold water spouts; and the Model FCC-B103 bottle filling station and chiller/purifier all in one unit. The different models enabled The New School to select a tailor made water bottle filler solution for any campus location whether in the student center, the cafeteria, or a dormitory/residence hall.
All of this contributes to the campus’s sustainability efforts as they describe on their website, “Reductions in the consumption of energy and water and the reduction of waste are of foremost importance. Building operations can aid in reductions and help ensure overall well-being, and goals and commitments provide a way to unify and track the success of our efforts.” On the site, they give recommendations on ways to manage resources efficiently. The first one asks the students to bring reusable water bottles to the campus and even publishes a PDF map of where Filtrine bottle filling stations are located in their Ways to Manage Resource Efficiency section, helping to cut down on disposable water bottles.
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