It is part of UToledo's mission to "divert 90% of campus solid waste from landfill."
Adding more water bottle filling stations to existing water fountains around campus will reduce the need for students to use plastic water bottles resulting in less waste going to the landfill.
"Diverting waste from landfills is not only environmentally responsible but has economic incentives as well. As climate change and the world population continues to grow, land space for landfills will become limited and the demand for more areas to store waste will increase, leading to a rise in the price of disposal. If our waste is no longer going to a landfill, we do not have to pay for that service. Also, the university is able to make money on the items recycled, so by recycling more UToledo spends less money and increases revenue."
It is also part of UToledo's mission to "reduce water consumption by 20%."
Whereas, the sustainability report for UToledo states that "UToledo is constantly looking for ways to use water more efficiently so that less is consumed and/or wasted. Coupled with decreasing water use through more efficient fixtures."
"UToledo has been concerned about increasing costs for [the] City of Toledo water and therefore is looking more closely at reducing water consumption. Between the beginning of [Fiscal Year] 2011 and the end of [Fiscal Year] 2014, water costs have jumped from $4.50 to about $6.25 per 100 cubic feet (CCF) of water."
"The University of Toledo aspires to minimize its impact on our environment and maximize the effective use of resources by fostering safe, comfortable, and efficient environmental behavior amongst faculty, students, staff, and volunteers."
**All Quoted Text is From The University of Toledo's Sustainability Report and Sustainability Website.**