Wasatch Academy joins the “Ban the Bottle” Movement

Plastic pollution is one of the most significant burdens to the environment. Believe it or not, enough plastic is discarded every year to circle the globe four times. Even worse, it is estimated that 50 percent of the plastic on this planet is used only once before being thrown away.

The Wasatch Academy Sustainability Committee, made up of students and faculty, decided it was time to join the growing movement to reduce the huge amount of waste caused by plastic bottles. The “Ban the Bottle” campaign has since become a high priority for the committee.

The school currently provides bottled water for campus events in a number of settings. It is the committee’s goal for Wasatch Academy to be a “plastic water bottle free school” by September 1, 2018.

Committee members and the Development Office have set a goal to raise $24,500. Funds raised through this campaign will be used to purchase and install 15 rapid bottle filling stations and provide every member of the school community a Wasatch Academy logo bottle.

The ban is “another step forward on our zero-waste goal,” said Joel Barnes, Director of Experiential Education and Sustainability. “We are excited to continue our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint through this initiative.”

If you are interested in supporting the “Ban the Bottle” Campaign, contact Anne McCauley at anne.mccauley@wasatchacademy.org.

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