A group of Master of Business Administration (MBA) students are asking the Lourdes community to ditch disposable bottles and cups in favor of reusable beverage containers through a new initiative funded by the Sylvania Franciscan Village Green Fund. The project called for the purchase and installation of five Elkay EZH20 refillable water stations in various university buildings.

 “We designed the project as a way to motivate the Lourdes community to use refillable bottles instead of disposable cups in an effort to become a greener, more sustainable institution. As MBA students, we also wanted to produce a project that would create revenue savings for the university. By removing disposable cups provided by Lourdes dining services, the institution will save approximately $3,200 per year. Additionally, by utilizing refillable bottles, we have the ability to keep up to 8,000 cups out of landfills each year,” shared Kedsede Desamour. Other team members were Lindsey Hanely, Amanda Lanigan, and Alexander Scotland.

The Elkay's EZH2O refillable water stations are located in Franciscan Center, Mother Adelaide Hall, St. Clare Hall, St. Francis Hall, and St. Joseph Hall/Flask Nursing Center.

 Lourdes staff utilizing new refill station