Sustainability Board Buys Nalgene Water Bottles For All Students
by Nicholas Taborsky on Friday, September 30th, 2016
The grass is green. The sky is blue. The water is clear. The air is fresh. The weather is calm. The crops are plentiful. Disease is absent.
It would be ignorant to believe that all these statements are true. Unfortunately, around the world, the grass isn’t green, the sky isn’t blue, the water isn’t clear, and the air isn’t fresh. The weather is erratic, and the temperature is chaotic. Crop shortages are more frequent, and diseases are more numerous.
The changing state of the Earth’s environment has large implications for its current and future inhabitants. While climate change is a “controversial issue,” it is undebated that, if the Earth’s future is at risk, humans must act to protect our home. No matter how large or small a community may be, any action taken to combat Climate Change and improve the Earth’s sustainability is crucial.
On September 18, the Sustainability Board informed the upper school about a project they had been working on for the past year: bringing free water bottles to all upper school teachers, faculty, and students. After a short presentation during Monday morning assembly from the heads of the Sustainability Board, the entire upper school rushed down the ACC bleachers to receive the water bottles.
The Sustainability Board ordered the entire upper school approximately 900 water bottles. Ultimately, this initiative aims to reduce the school’s plastic usage. The mission to reduce plastic waste started when the Sustainability Board requested that the Snack Bar and Bookstore stop selling Smart Water, the root of the plastic issue at Milton.
Unfortunately, the Snack Bar and Bookstore informed the Sustainability Board that they would continue to sell Smart Water because of its popularity and sales. Both outlets would stop selling Smart Water only if sales decreased. Striving to limit sales and inform the Upper School community of the senselessness of buying Smart Water, the Sustainability Board held a blind taste test between tap water and Smart Water. Since students generally preferred tap water to Smart Water, the test disproved the myth that Smart Water tastes better than tap water. This result reinforces the notion that using reusable water bottles filled with tap water is better than creating plastic waste by buying Smart Water.
The distribution of water bottles was the ultimate attempt to limit the usage of plastic bottles. Katie Friis, one of the heads of the Sustainability Board, stated, “We’re hoping that students and faculty will get into the habit of carrying a reusable water bottle around, both on and off campus. Reusable water bottles are really the more economic and environmentally friendly way to hydrate, so it would be really awesome if we could solidify this habit.”
Jason Kong, another head of the Sustainability Board, added, “I think this is a big step to start the year off by having everyone contribute to a cause that can drastically reduce our waste produced.”
This is just the start to Milton’s sustainability initiatives for the 2016-2017 school year, so stay tuned and keep your eyes open for what the Sustainability Board may have in store.
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