UHWO Green Tracker Water Filling Station reaches first anniversary milestone

UHWO Green Tracker Water Filling Station

UHWO Green Tracker Water Filling Station

The UH West Oʻahu Green Tracker Water Filling Station passed yet another milestone on its first anniversary this summer. UH West Oʻahu prevented 880 pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere since July 30, 2014 when the station was first installed in the Laboratory Building. By filling up reusable containers instead of purchasing plastic water bottles, students, faculty and staff have saved 775 pounds of plastic or 21,500 plastic water bottles from use in one year.

UH West Oʻahu students have been collecting data from the filling station to complete mathematical and scientific calculations related to the station’s impact on the environment. Students compare the chemical composition of water from the filling station with tap water and bottled water as well as determine the amount of money saved and the carbon dioxide not produced in water bottle manufacturing using filling station data.

Fill up your bottle with refreshing filtered water (cold or hot) at the filling station on the first floor of the Laboratory Building across from the E132 classroom! The UHWO Green Tracker Water Filling Station was funded by the Office of Naval Research Grant as part of the University’s establishment of a STEM Center of Excellence. For more information, read the news release.

Image courtesy of Julie Funasaki Yuen