Memorial University of Newfoundland expels bottled water from campus
Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) became the second Canadian university to progressively phase out the sale of bottled water this year. The first, University of Winnipeg, eliminated bottled water in March. MUN made the announcement at their new students orientation. President pro tempore, Dr. Chris Loomis signed the policy after a video was shown to incoming freshman, who received a complimentary reusable bottle from the university.
MUN's initiative marks another blow to the bottled water industry which is already experiencing a nationwide decline in sales. More universities are holistically viewing themselves as institutional purchasers that affect others and the environment. By eliminating bottled water, these universities are becoming leaders in eliminating needless waste, greenhouse gas emissions, oil consumption and price-gouging while clean and accessible tap water is readily available.