The recent WATERLICHT installation by artist Daan Roosegaarde was a powerful reminder of the beauty of water and a call to take action on rising global sea levels. But the work of educating people about climate change and other water issues—pollution, equity, access, agriculture—continues and involves all of us.
What You Can Do
Let's get rid of single-use plastic water bottles on campus.
Join School of the Arts in its commitment to reducing the use of plastic and discouraging companies from extracting water from lakes and aquifers that should remain in the public trust.
- Ask cafes in your facilities to stop selling single-use plastic water bottles
- Deauthorize orders of single-use plastic water bottles from vendors such as Staples and Amazon
- Purchase glass carafes, pitchers, and glasses for use in offices and at events
- Encourage the use of glasses and refillable water bottles
- Replace vending machines that sell single-use plastic water bottles
- Recycle and do not co-mingle materials such as paper, glass, metal, etc.
What We're Doing
Columbia is upgrading to water-saving dual-flush toilets, which can save up to half a gallon of water per flush, and water-saving urinals, which use only a pint of water per flush, compared to the gallon used by older models.
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