In 2011 Macalester instituted a ban on selling bottled water in vending machines, retail locations, and at athletic events.

In conjunction with the ban, automatic bottle filling stations have been installed throughout campus using funds from the Sustainability TEM budget.

This effort eliminates the sourcing of bottled water bottles, prevents the used bottles from needing to be recycled, and keeps water local to its source.

Free water bottles can be found at the Kagin Free Swap, a free exchange program located in the kagin commons where students and staff alike can both drop off unwanted materials and pick up items left there by other students or staff. Next time you need a new mug, water bottle, or shirt even, check Kagin Free Swap first!


Bottled Water Campaign at Macalester College: A Case Study 

A report prepared by Clare Pillsbury, 2012