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Policy 1705
Bottled Water Use

Date of Current Revision: July 2014
Primary Responsible Officer: Assistant Vice President for Finance


The university has made Environmental Stewardship a matter of strategic emphasis. If the university’s mission is to be fulfilled, students, faculty, staff, and the community must develop a campus culture that reflects the importance of effectively managing its natural and social resources. A critical element for the commitment to Environmental Stewardship is the effective management of bottled water use, which this policy addresses.


The Board of Visitors has been authorized by the Commonwealth of Virginia to govern James Madison University. See Code of Virginia section 23-164.6;23-9.2:3. The board has delegated the authority to manage the university to the president.


Environmental Stewardship:
The responsibility for environmental quality shared by all those whose actions affect the environment.

Sustainability encompasses human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations. (Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, 2009

Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability (OESS)
A university department that facilitates sustainability by coordinating environmental stewardship efforts across campus, advocating for priorities, and challenging all members of the James Madison University community to think critically about their role in achieving the long-term stewardship of Earth. The OESS serves as an internal and external point of contact for university-wide environmental stewardship activities.


This policy applies to all individuals who have the authority to purchase water.


The university aligns its procurement plans, practices and procedures with the campus environmental stewardship goals and campus Environmental Stewardship Action Plan (ESAP).

Individuals who provide water for their constituencies should consider alternatives to water in individual bottles. Such alternatives may include purchasing re-useable recyclable plastic water bottles such as those that are available for purchase from the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability or from the University Bookstore.

If it is determined that bottled water is the best option for the particular use, the university encourages the purchase of water in recyclable plastic bottles such as those that are available for purchase from university dining services and special events (Aramark).


Re-useable recyclable water bottles may be purchased by contacting the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability or the University Bookstore.

Any bottled water purchased from JMU Dining or Special Events will be in recyclable containers.


Supervisors of those who provide or purchase water are responsible for the application of this policy.


Sanctions will be commensurate with the severity and/or frequency of the offense and may include termination of employment.




Authority to interpret this policy rests with the President and is generally delegated to the Associate Vice President for Finance.

Previous version: March 2013
Approved by the President: October 2009