Ithaca College's Community Picnic is typically a time when students, faculty, and new freshman gather after the Convocation ceremony to meet new people and enjoy a day off before classes begin in full swing. This year, sustainability was the theme, as IC's student organization Take Back the Tap encouraged the class of 2016 to start thinking differently about the way they drink water. The club handed out reusable water bottles at the picnic to show that drinking water from the tap is not only back in style — but healthy and more affordable too.
To promote the campaign further, the Take Back the Tap mascot mingled with students and faculty, encouraging them to use their new water bottles rather than compostable cups at the picnic.
The Take Back the Tap mascot hands out new water bottles at the Community Picnic.
Take Back the Tap is a student organization on campus that promotes drinking tap water rather than bottled water. Throughout the school year, the group shows informative films and hosts water tests to promote awareness in the student body. They also work with other organizations to discourage using plastic water bottles.
Ithaca College has already made strides to be sustainable, but this latest campaign is just another way that IC can maintain its commitment to thinking consciously about the environment, says Leonard Slutsky, vice president of Take Back the Tap.
"The project is equipping first-year students with a tool — a reusable water bottle — that would allow them to live in a more sustainably conscious way," he says.
Slutsky says he hopes IC will continue to hand out free water bottles to each incoming freshman class, so that in four years, everyone at the College will have a way to drink water sustainably.
"I've seen students using the reusable water bottles around campus — in our classes, in the gym, and at the filling stations," Slutsky says. "It has sparked conversation across campus about the negative consequences of using disposable water bottles. This giveaway is an important part of a much larger vision, a vision of a more green community."
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