Beginning in October of 2017, Residence Life Sustainability has created monthly newsletters, just like this one, highlighting acts sustainability on campus and around the world. These topics have included Campus Sustainability Month, A&M Recycling Services, Plastic Free July, and many more. The goal of these newsletters is to educate both students and faculty about sustainability and encourage them to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Any recommendations for future newsletter topics are greatly appreciated and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning in January of 2020, we implemented the Fill-It-Forward Campaign. This initiative aims to promote the usage of reusable cups and increase personal water intake simply by scanning a barcode! This campaign is hosted by Fill It Forward. This is a Canadian company that makes reusable water bottles and travel coffee cups, as well as the Fill-It-Forward app that tracks the user’s positive environmental footprint while donating funds to provide clean water and sanitation to those in need.
To participate students, faculty, and staff must fill out a quick survey and receive a barcode sticker for their reusable cup or bottle. Participants will then download the Fill-It-Forward app on their mobile device and start scanning their barcode every time they reuse. The app keeps track of the environmental footprint of users through metrics including pounds of plastic saved, pounds of waste reduced, kilowatt hours of power saved, pounds of emissions saved, and square footage of land saved. The app even allows users to set a hydration goal and tracks hydration as the barcode is scanned. Users can also earn badges for good habits including good hydration and waste reduction.
Through each scan users are also passing on clean water to water projects around the world. The company partners with 5 different water charities to fund projects that provide both clean drinking water and proper sanitation facilities to those in need. Some of the projects that have been funded include a rainwater cistern for a family in New Mexico, a water tap stand for a community in Madagascar, and a hand sanitizing station in India.
The original batch of Fill It Forward stickers was funded using a microgrant from the Aggie Green Fund. If you are a student interested in getting a sticker or would like a presentation given on the campaign to your student organization or hall, please email email@example.com.