The Beloit Green Team Club is a newly formed club focusing on sustainability projects for our campus. Green Team is currently working on a campaign called Take Back the Tap to ban the sale of bottled water on campus and also educate students on why it is important to do so. They are also working to improve communication on campus and to be able to have open dialogues about the projects they are working on and invite everyone to join the club meeting on Thursdays at 9 p.m. in the Science Center Atrium.
On Monday, March 20, a three-week trial period began at Java Joint and DK’s during which no disposable water bottles are for sale. The Beloit Green Team Club circulated a petition last semester and received 200 signatures in support of the campaign to ban the sale of disposable plastic water bottles on campus. Roughly 1,000,000 seabirds and 100,000 marine animals are killed annually from consuming the plastic that litters our ocean. Humans suffer from the bottling industry too. In times of drought, water bottling plants continue to take as much as they want while the surrounding community has limitations on water usage. People living adjacent to bottling plants suffer from long-term health issues from the toxic chemicals emitted into their air.
At Beloit, water fountains can be found in most buildings across campus; some include filtered filling stations for water bottles. For the next few weeks, make sure to carry your reusable bottles, and fill them up when you are near a sink or fill station. Java Joint also has a water cooler and cups, which can replace a disposable water bottle. If you do not have a reusable water bottle be sure to go to Java Joint or DK’s and purchase one., They sell for only a few flex dollars.
The Green Team will circulate another survey at the conclusion of the trial. Other opportunities to provide feedback include when Green Team is tabling, or at the meetings at Thursday at 9 p.m. in the Science Center atrium. If you have questions for Green Team, contact Jennifer and if you want to know more about Beloit’s city tap water you can check out this website.