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Fill It Forward

Make an Impact: Give Clean Water, Track Your Footprint and Stay Hydrated

The Office of Sustainability and the Faculty Student Association (FSA) have partnered to launch a new sustainability program called Fill it Forward. The Fill it Forward program offers free cup tags to students to promote sustainability, hydration and philanthropy.

Since its inception, 566,426 disposable cups have been prevented from going into landfills, two thousand pounds of plastic being polluted into oceans have been avoided, and 2.7 million cups of water have been given to those in need around the world. The Fill it Forward program is offered through Cupanion and its partnership with WaterAid has been able to make clean water possible for so many people.

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"Partnering with the FSA on a project like Fill It Forward will have a tremendous impact on our campus. The Office of Sustainability has always stressed the importance of material conservation and to limiting the use of plastic bottles on campus and this project will help illustrate just how dedicated we are to achieving our goals," stated Greg Monaco, Stony Brook University Sustainability Coordinator.

Start using the program with three easy steps:

  1. Bring your dishwasher safe refillable water bottle or mug to campus and adhere your new cup tag tag to it. You can get a red SBU logo tag for your water bottle or a black SBU logo tag for your coffee mug at the Faculty Student Association (FSA) Services Office located in East Side Dining.
  2. Download the Fill it Forward app onto your smartphone, to begin scanning your tag each time you refill, then easily track waste diverted, see emissions saved, and observe how much ocean pollution has been avoided.
  3. Observe the positive environmental impact that you create and keep track of your water consumption to ensure proper hydration.

Each time users refill their reusable water cups and scan their tags, a clean cup of water is given to poverty-stricken people around the world. Every cup that is given helps fund water projects for indigent people. Using the app, users can keep up with the progress of the projects, and they will be informed when projects are successfully completed. So, the more you refill, the more you give back!

Plus, students can earn reward points by scanning their tag. Rewards are tracked by the Office of Sustainability which enters participants into weekly drawings for awesome prizes like reusable water bottles, t-shirts or food and beverages.

The Fill it Forward tag can be placed on any reusable bottle, cup, or mug. Stony Brook University has many convenient  water refill stations across campus such as at the Campus Recreation Center, all of the residence halls, various dining halls, academic buildings, and the Melville Library.


Redeem Prizes at the Office of Sustainability

Winners of the weekly drawing can redeem their prizes at the Office of Sustainability

Office of Sustainability Directions: Turn off of Circle Road onto Gymnasium Road. Go straight past the Central Stores Warehouse (on your right) until you reach the stop sign. Make a right turn, building is located straight ahead (next to Calpine Power Plant and across the parking lot from Central Stores Warehouse).

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