In September 2015, York University phased out the sale of single use plastic water bottles from its campuses. This action was in response to the student led "Take Back the Tap" campaign, in which many schools across North America advocated for a more socially conscious approach to drinking water.
The bottled water phase out was integral to York University's overarching commitment as a leading post-secondary institution for sustainability, environmental conscientiousness and social responsibility towards creating positive change for our community and the world around us. York has been recognized for its commitment to sustainability, having been named one of Canada's Greenest Employers for the past nine consecutive and winner of other sustainability awards, including the 2013 Minister's Award for Environmental Excellence from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment.
Since eliminating the sale of single use plastic water bottles, York has installed 70 water refill stations across both the Keele and Glendon campuses and retrofitted over 200 existing public water fountains. Find a location nearest you on our campus map.
You can learn more about York's commitment to sustainability by reading the University's Sustainability Strategy.