Sustainability Fee Project Letter of Inquiry
Reusable Bottles for Undergraduate Students
This project could become reality in a matter of months, depending on how many students it would serve and at what points throughout the school year. Ideally this project would be implemented each semester, granting each new and incoming student with a stainless steel water bottle.
In an effort to eliminate plastic waste on campus, I propose using a part of the Sustainability Fee to provide reusable, stainless steel water bottles to UIC undergraduate students. Rather than buying disposable water bottles in stores or depending on potentially harmful plastic bottles, students would already have a more durable and more sustainable alternative to drink out of.
Preliminary Project Budget:
This project’s budget would depend completely upon how often it would be implemented; the project’s optimal efficiency is reliant on how many people it affects. Hence the more people receiving stainless steel water bottles, the more money it will cost. A project of this dimension may be more feasible with greater funding through the university, however its environmental benefits may completely outweigh the costs. Expected total cost of this project would be approximately $100,000.