Access to Water
A Human Right. Local to Global
Following a two year-long educational campaign, Loyola students voted to end the sale of bottled water on campus. The students consider the sale of bottled water on campus in conflict with the Jesuit tradition and Loyola's mission 'to be in service of humanity through learning, justice and faith'. Additionally, the students believe that "access to water is a fundamental human right and must not be handled in ways that put profits over people".
- Year one of the campaign included a week-long Water Colloquium which included screenings of Blue Gold: World Water Wars and Tapped; a speaker series that started with the author and activist, Maude Barlow, internationally recognized for her fight against water privatization; and Tap Water Challenges
- Year two, the Student Environmental Alliance (SEA) worked with the Unified Student Government Association (USGA) to put forth a referendum seeking USGA's support to ban the sale of bottled water on campus and to include the proposed ban on the spring 2012 ballot which allowed the student body to vote on the issue.
- During year two, SEA heavily marketed the UnCap LUC pledge, a pledge that is nonbinding which allowed the opportunity for students to learn about the impacts of the bottled water industry on people, the environment and the inefficient use of fossil fuels.
- The pledge allowed students to discuss and debate fair access to clean, safe drinking water.
Visit UnCap LUC for more details and answers to frequently asked questions regarding the bottled water campaign.
Reusable Water Bottles and Water Refill Stations
During the bottled water ban campaign, UnCap LUC, students in SEA met with the Facilities Management Department regularly to discuss ways to allow people on campus to refill reusable water bottles conveniently and easily. Facilities responded by retrofitting over 35 water fountains with Refill Stations.
The Office of First Year Experience have been supplying all new students with reusable water bottles and remain committed to continue to do so.
It is easy to find the nearest water refill station using our maps: