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Institute of Environmental Sustainability


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Project Overview

Project Need: Water is one of our most precious resources and it is being exploited. All around the world, water is being polluted, depleted, and privatized. One of the most disturbing and harmful ways that water is being exploited is through the bottled water industry. ‌

Project Vision: Our project goal is to educate the Loyola University Chicago community about bottled water issues pertaining to the environmental, health, social justice, and ethical implications through a campaign of events against bottled water. We hope these events will lead to a change which will be supported by the Loyola community.

Our project can be divided into three parts: surveying the population, informing the public, and pushing for positive change in our community. We raised awareness through a film screening & discussion, water quality analyses of tap vs. bottled water, skits, water sculptures, lake plastic (an interactive display of plastic bottle consumption), and a Water Colloquium Week (April 12- 16, 2010).




The best advice we can give is to never give up! Accomplishing this project individually would have been impossible, but with a group that shares a common goal- then anything is possible. There were obstacles that we encountered: amount of work, university bottled water policy, and others, but with the help of many people, we were able to work around those obstacles. Help is out there in one form or the other, all you have to do is ask for it.    


Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Loyola University Chicago · 1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660 · Phone: 773-508-2130 · IES@luc.edu

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