- Bottled water costs more than 1,900 times the cost of tap water
- Tap water has to adhere to strict safety standards throughout the US–bottled water does not
- Bottled water wastes water–according to the Pacific Institute, it takes 3 liters of water to produce 1 liter of bottled water
- Bottling water produced more than 2.5 million tons of CO2 in 2006
- 17 million barrels of oil are used yearly to produce water bottles
- Cambridge’s tap water is some of the cleanest in the nation according to the US EPA and Cambridge DPW
Welcome back everyone!
Our first open meeting of the year will be held THIS WEDNESDAY at 8 pm in the PBHA Parlor Room (1st floor). Please come visit us to hear about our
- Beyond the Bottle campaign, our campaign to get Harvard to stop selling all non-reusable plastic water bottles and to install water bottle fill stations
- SustainabiliTeas, our new program that allows YOU to discuss various environmental topics with a knowledgable professor over yummy tea and snacks
- Collaboration efforts, or how we plan to reach out and work with other environmental groups on campus this semester
- Social events, including movie screenings, parties, TAZA chocolate tours
- Volunteer opportunities, like clean-ups and restoration projects
We’d also like to extend a special welcome to the Class of 2017. It was awesome talking to you all at the PBHA Fair and the Activities Fair. Your enthusiasm is awesome! Keep it up and come visit us on Wednesday! We’d love to hear your ideas.
See you all soon!
The Environmental Action Committee Board is proud to endorse Akshay Sharma and Akanksha Sharma for President and Vice President of the Undergraduate Council. Akshay has shown long-term commitment to environmental causes on campus, particularly as a member of the Resource Efficiency Program. The Sharma vision for a Community Council provides a forum for airing campus sustainability issues. Furthermore, their vision of the UC as a transcendant organization devoted to supporting student goals meshes well with the EAC’s on-campus mission.
Join the Harvard Environmental Action Committee
for our Fall 2012 Introductory Meeting
The EAC will be participating in a day of service on April 14, 2012 at the East End House in Cambridge. East End House is one of the oldest social service centers in the Greater Boston area. It is a community center that provides academic enrichment, educational programming, a food pantry, and community workshops to a diverse population in the east Cambridge area. We will be helping during their annual clean-up day and participating in an environmental fair to educate community members about environmental and sustainability issues. Stay tuned for more details!
The Harvard College Environmental Action Committee seeks to help achieve a sustainable world and protect the environment for its human and non-human inhabitants. To this end, the EAC aims to raise the consciousness of Harvard’s students to the effect of their own actions on the environment and to their status as stewards of this planet’s resources. We advocate specific changes at the campus, local, national, and international levels. Furthermore, we serve as a forum for discussion and a source of information on environmental issues. Finally, we seek to enrich our members through fun and fulfilling experiences.
We recognize that we are but a small part of a much larger environmental movement, but we know that a few committed individuals can make large contributions. Through reaching out to other groups, inspiring others by our example, and adapting to changing needs, we expect to use our four years in Harvard’s gates to change the world so that our children may live in a world where ecological values are widespread and the planet is healthy enough to foster a healthy human race.
The Environmental Action Committee meets on a weekly basis to plan and discuss upcoming projects. With a new semester upon us, we look forward to setting new plans for the spring. We hope you’ll join us, 8pm on Wednesdays in the Quincy House Spindell Room (adjacent to the dining hall).