In April 2012, York University's President, and the then President of the York Federation of Students (YFS), made a public commitment to phase out the sale of bottled water at York University by September 2015. This action was in response to the student-led "Take Back the Tap" campaign, in which many schools across North America advocated for a more socially conscious approach to drinking water.
Since making this commitment, York has installed 70 water refill stations across both the Keele and Glendon campuses, and retrofitted many existing public water fountains (which number over 200).
The bottled-water phase out initiative is integral to York University's overarching commitment as a leading post-secondary institution for sustainability, environmental conscientiousness and social responsibility. York has been recognized for its commitment to sustainability, having been named one of Canada's Greenest Employers for the past three years (2013 - 2015), and winner of other sustainability awards, including the 2013 Minister's Award for Environmental Excellence from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.
Many members of the York community are already doing their part to transition away from bottled water. More than 18 departments across the University have already gone bottled water free, using pitchers and drinking glasses at meetings, instead of purchasing bottled water.
You can also do your part by bringing a reusable water bottle for use at the refill stations or kitchen sinks, or by making use of the many drinking fountains at York. Students, faculty and staff can purchase refillable bottles at reasonable prices from the University's two bookstores or at the Tait McKenzie Centre.
To find out more about the bottled water phase out, please see the FAQs.