Who: Université Libre de Bruxelles – ULB. Founded in 1834
24,000 students, 5,000 staff members, 4 campuses (425,000 m2)

Context: The aim of the project is to promote consumption of mains water on our campuses in order to reduce the environmental impact associated with packaging water, whether in the form of transporting bottled water, cooling it or the resulting waste management.

Description: The project is being done in two phases:
• The installation of new drinking fountains on the campus accessible to everybody.
• An awareness-raising campaign - based on attractive public relations and held on World Water Day (22 March)!

Linked up to the water mains, the drinking fountains either have a jet or a mouth-rinse tap. Users can also easily use them to fill a flask or bottle.

The aim of the project is to make campus users (students and staff) aware of the benefits of consuming mains water rather than mineral water in non-returnable plastic bottles. By making more drinking fountains available for filling flasks, the ULB is offering users a concrete and simple way of changing their behaviour – for free.
The awareness-raising campaign with its advocacy of a change in behaviour includes a blindfolded tasting session and the distribution of flasks to staff members and students willing to take part.

Duration: Start in March 2013.
Website: www.ulb.ac.be/environnement, www.facebook.com/ulbenvironnement
Category: Campus management / eco-consumption