Hackney Library is going green—and we don’t mean the walls! A new combined water bottle refilling station/water fountain has replaced the old water fountain at the foot of the stairs in the library’s Learning Commons.
It’s one of two Halsey-Taylor Hydroboost units installed on campus to promote both healthy hydration and ecologically-sound practice (the other is located in Hamlin Student Center).
The new station is sensor-operated, allowing users to hold their own water bottles in front of the blue bottle icon and refill them instantaneously with filtered, chilled water. A regular water fountain spout is part of the assembly as well, so even if water bottles aren’t handy, everyone can still get an H2O fix in the old-fashioned way.
The new station not only promotes healthful habits but also reduces the need for recycling used water bottles (as well as eliminating their improper disposal in the trash). The new station counts each water bottle refill, so it’s easy for students and other users to see the positive impact of their green habits.
The impetus behind the new installation came from a Green Initiative Project competition among last year’s 2015-16 FYS classes. Groups researched how Barton’s ecological footprint could be reduced campus wide, developing business plans, and presenting a variety of proposals; the best of each class was then presented to the entire freshmen class and a panel of judges. FYS instructor Carolyn Hornick’s class won the competition for its proposal to install the new water stations; they presented it to the Barton College Board of Trustees at its April 2016 meeting. Based on the Board’s enthusiastic support for the proposal, the College funded the installation of these stations, and it’s possible there may eventually be more to come across campus.
So show your green (and health-conscious) side and make good use of the library’s new water bottle station. Bottoms up, everyone!