This is really exciting.  Hopefully U of T is next!


September 8, 2009. From


Memorial University to Become Bottled Water Free
Water Pledge officially signed at MUN orientation event
St. John’s – Students joined Memorial University of Newfoundland’s (MUN) president pro tempore, Dr. Chris Loomis, yesterday to officially sign a Water Pledge that commits the university to progressively eliminate the distribution of bottled water at all of MUN’s campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador.
“By working together, students, faculty and staff have sent a clear message that MUN is ready to lead the way in making our campuses and communities more environmentally sustainable,” said Daniel Smith, Newfoundland and Labrador Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students. “We urge other institutions across Canada to take similar action to protect our public drinking water as a right and not as a commodity.”
MUN is only the second university in Canada to commit to phasing out bottled water. The pledge also commits the university to increasing access to water fountains and water fill stations on its campuses by upgrading current water infrastructure. Thirteen water fill stations have already been installed over the summer months.
In March 2009, the Students for Sustainability Coalition at MUN – a coalition consisting of students’ unions and on-campus and community environmental organizations – launched a campaign calling on the university administration to improve access to public drinking water in an effort to make the university bottled water free. The coalition’s efforts were part of an ongoing national student campaign organised by the Canadian Federation of Students, the Sierra Youth Coalition and the Polaris Institute.
“Memorial is the first university east of Manitoba and the second university in Canada to kick-out the bottle and take back the tap” said Elly Adeland, of the Polaris Institute, “This action is part of a trend we are seeing across campuses, school boards and municipalities, where communities challenge the corporate control of water, while re-building and maintaining safe and accessible public tap water systems for all.”

This video accompanied the announcement: