The Smallest Gesture Makes an IMPACT at John Abbott College

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue – September 17, 2015 _  Have you ever wondered what kind of impact the smallest gesture can make on the environment? For example, refill your reusable water bottle, rather than buy a new plastic bottle. According to the Polaris Institute (a Canadian non-profit organization, Ottawa), bottled water requires 2,000 times more energy than tap water and costs 240 to 10,000 times more than tap water.

John Abbott College has been installing filling stations throughout the campus, alongside water filling stations/fountains for the past 2 years. Plastic water bottles were being phased out then. To date, on the now water-bottle free campus, 909,000 water bottles have been filled at the filling stations. Given the average that only 1 in 6 water bottles used is sent to recycling, JAC students and staff has saved almost 760,000 water bottles from dumps, rivers, and oceans.

With 11 filling stations operational on campus, and new ones being added, when will we hit the 1,000,000 water bottles filled target? Stay tuned to find out.

About John Abbott College
John Abbott College is a public Anglophone college serving students since 1971. Today, the increasingly diverse student body includes over 6500 fulltime day students and an additional 2000 continuing education students. John Abbott is situated on the western tip of the Island of Montreal.

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Debbie Cribb

Communications Officer and Media Relations

Conseillère en communication et relations avec les médias

CEGEP John Abbott College

Stewart Hall (SH-029)

21275 Lakeshore

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec H9X 3L9

514-457-6610 x5354


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