January 23, 2012



Union continues to encourage sustainability

By Audrey Taggart-Kagdis

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In an effort to continue environmentally responsible operations, the K-State Student Union has installed an Elkay® EZH2O™ water bottle filling station to provide quick, clean and green hydration. The filling station is a convenient way to reduce dependency on plastic water bottles by providing rapid water fill and minimizing plastic bottle waste.

The EZH2O™ bottle filling station fill rate is three times faster than a traditional drinking fountain and allows operators an electronic, touchless sensor for sanitation. The filling station also includes the innovative Green Ticker™ to count the quantity of plastic bottles saved from landfills. The bottle filling station is located near a first floor water fountain on the outside of Caribou Coffee.

“The Union feels it’s important to be environmentally friendly and a filtered water bottle filling station is one more step we’re taking in this direction. Currently, the Union recycles many different materials, is efficient with heating and cooling usage and utilizes motion activated lighting and efficient light bulbs wherever possible,” said Bill Smriga, Union director.

For more information on the Elkay® EZH2O™ bottle filling station, visit elkayusa.com. To learn more about the Union and its sustainable practices, visit union.k-state.edu or call 785-532-6591.