Submitted by Associate Professor of Art History Linda Aleci, on behalf of the Sustainability Committee
On behalf of the Sustainability Committee, I am pleased to be able to tell you that Franklin & Marshall College will not provide bottled water at graduation. Instead, water stations will be set up. This step was taken on the recommendation of the Sustainability Committee to the senior staff of the College. It represents an extension of our "Think Outside the Bottle" initiative which, when we rolled it out, prompted many individuals--emeritus professors, staff, faculty and others--to urge that we work on a comprehensive policy addressing the use of bottled water on campus.
Implementation has largely fallen to Debbie Martin in the Office of the President and members of Facilities and Operations, who have been working hard to ensure the comfort of our guests as well as the campus community on May 10. Water stations will be added around the perimeter of the ceremony seating area, and maps showing the locations of our campus water stations will also be provided in the programs. Please remember to bring your refillable bottles to the ceremony!
With this step F&M can proudly join the other college campuses and universities that have made their commencement ceremonies bottled-water free, in service of a healthier, more sustainable environment.