Eco-conscious university bans use of plastic water bottles

The Catholic Sentinel, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Portland, Ore., reports that the University of Portland has announced a new initiative to make its campus more sustainable: It will no longer sell or use disposable water bottles.

According to the Sentinel, the university is the first college or university on the West Coast to eliminate disposable plastic water bottles and joins more than 20 schools across the country that have taken that action.

The University of Portland takes seriously its commitment to be a good steward of the planet, said Holy Cross Father William Beauchamp, its president. “This will not only reduce the amount of waste generated on our campus but will help focus attention on the critical issue of sustainability and water rights.”

The university was founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1901.

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