For Immediate Release
March 22, 2012
VCC is the First Post-Secondary in Vancouver to Ban Bottled Water
VANCOUVER – Vancouver Community College President Kathy Kinloch made history today as she and the Students’ Union of VCC Chairperson, Charmaine Waters, signed a pledge to make VCC the first post-secondary institution in Metro Vancouver to be completely bottled water free by spring 2013.
City Councillor Tony Tang was also on hand to congratulate the Students’ Union and college on this new initiative and present them with a Proclamation from the City of Vancouver that March 22, 2012 is officially ‘Vancouver Community College Bottled Water Free Day’ in Vancouver.
“Improving access to tap water is a common sense approach to sustainability and today’s announcement is a reflection of students’ collective voice being heard to make real changes to our college,” said Students’ Union of VCC Chairperson, Charmaine Waters.
Also on hand to celebrate the announcement was Darrell Mussatto, Chair of Metro Vancouver’s Utilities Committee and Mayor of the City of North Vancouver as well as Metro Vancouver Board Chair and Mayor of Port Coquitlam, Greg Moore.
“We’re proud of our students’ commitment to sustainability,” said Kathy Kinloch, President of VCC. “As a College, we are striving to reduce our environmental impact, and that calls for the shared commitment of our students, staff and faculty. Today’s announcement is an important step in the right direction.”
Today’s announcement has received overwhelming support from the environmentalist community including the Dogwood Initiative, Wilderness Committee, David Suzuki Foundation, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Fraser Basin Council, BC Health Communities, CUPE, The Polaris Institute, Council of Canadians, Sierra Youth Coalition and Canadian Federation of Students.
For more information, please contact:
Charmaine Waters, Chairperson of the Students’ Union of VCC | 604.992.4528
Helen Carkner, Director of Marketing and Communications, VCC | 604.205.2408