Office of Sustainability
Through the first two Terps Heart the Tap projects, 102 filtered water filling stations were installed on campus, encouraging Terps to reuse and refill, instead of consuming single-use bottled water. In the three years since these stations were first installed, the fountains prevented 3,000,000 plastic single use bottles from being used and disposed of on campus! In Terps Heart the Tap III, the Office of Sustainability will purchase 85 Halsey Taylor brand water coolers, retrofit kit equipment, filters for 1 year, and a $300 per unit contribution toward installation. In the first two Terps Heart the Tap projects, awareness and engagement efforts included the creation of signage for each filling station, a filling station location map, water bottle stickers, and a website. The Office of Sustainability’s website and the annual Sustainability Progress Report highlighted the success of the Terps Heart the Tap Program. Stories about the project were featured in both the 2014 and 2016 SustainableUMD magazines.