Earth Day Network and Yale Work to #BEBOTTLEFREE

It’s been a busy week at Earth Day Network. First, as part of our SustainableU Week, we have been featuring different sustainability initiatives and programs from universities across the US (check out our Newsroom if you missed any of the postings). Second, we're launching a new action for A Billion Acts of Green® on the importance of limiting our reliance on plastic.

At the convergence of these two topics was an event that Earth Day Network organized on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, CT on Monday. The event was part of Earth Day Network’s #BEBOTTLEFREE initiative at Yale. Over the course of the 2013-2014 academic year, the campaign will raise awareness on plastic bottle issues with students, faculty, and community members. Working in coordination with student groups and administration members, we will be organizing events, speakers, gatherings, and more on campus to educate people on the environmental impact of single-use plastic bottles and alternatives to their use.

Students, faculty, administrators, and local community members all came out in support of the launch event, which was organized in coordination with Yale’s Celebrate Sustainability Week. EDN staff fostered a discussion with participants about the impact of their plastic bottle use. Many were surprised to hear that almost 450 BILLION plastic bottles and cans end up in landfills each year. As part of our efforts, reusable bottles were distributed to event participants and giveaways were coordinated around sponsor prizes. All in all, it was a great launch to our yearlong campaign at Yale. Stay tuned for more information on the effort. If you are interested in getting involved with the campaign send a message to info@earthday.org.