A student organization is trying to promote more awareness about drinking water in San Bruno by petitioning the school for a new filling station that uses tap water.
The initiative, being led by the school’s Environmental Club, aims to wean students off of using plastic water bottles and promote reusable canteens. To make that happen, the club has started an online campaign to get a grant to have a hydration system installed in Building 6, which houses the dining hall, the student activities office and the bookstore.
“We hope to help the Skyline College community realize the benefits of having a water-bottle filling station on campus," said Amber Lincoln, president of the Environmental Club. “The idea is for people to easily refill their personal reusable water bottles, thus reducing the amount of plastic water bottles bought, sold and thrown away or recycled on campus.”
The club has done several activities since the fall to further promote its campaign. The students held a movie night in October where they screened the documentary, “Tapped.” They also hosted a coastal cleanup day at Colma Creek.
The students took their initiative a step further by collecting plastic water bottles around the campus to show how much waste they create.
The online petition needs support from at least 10 people from the larger community before the school will review the students’ initiative. So far, it has 36 supporters.
"Through this campaign, we hope to gain enough support to win some grant money to fund our project," Lincoln said.