I Heart School

Grad school is tough. No joke. In my program, there is A LOT of reading…something like 800 pages a week! But as intense as it might be, I’m really interested in the materials so far, and there’s always those perks of being a student…

1. Free/discounted admissions – museums, group outings, bus passes!
2. Access to awesome facilities – athletic center, NEW Eden Hall Farm Campus (complete with pool, bowling alley and 50s decor):

A bowling alley in the basement of my school!

 3. And so far, my favorite part of going to a small, liberal arts school is their focus on and efforts toward more sustainable practices. I just got an e-mail that the entire school is going water bottle-less! No more plastic bottles will be sold at Chatham University, and instead, they will have water filtration units set up around campus. Excellent! Here’s why they did it:

 ·         Tapwater is regulated for health and quality by the Environmental Protection Agency, which requires regular testing and reporting.  Bottled water is under supervision of the Food and Drug Administration, but the FDA does not require water to be tested or reported.

 ·         Some 25% of bottled water for sale in the U.S. is just tap water in a bottle.  It isn’t boiled or treated any other way before going into the bottles.  The two most popular bottled water brands, Aquafina and Dasani, are just municipal water run through a carbon filter before bottling.

 ·         Pthalates, a chemical plasticizer used to make the plastic see-through, can leach into the water from the bottle in as little as 10 months.  Pthalates are endocrine-disruptors, suspected of causing kidney and liver problems, birth defects in young children (especially boys) and are also implicated in reproductive health issues and damaged DNA in adults.

 ·         Making  the bottles used each year uses about 17 million barrels of oil, and that releases 2.5 million TONS of carbon into the atmosphere.

Interesting stuff, right?! I love that this school is teaching me how to be a better person and not just a smart student 🙂

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Eva
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 18:15:08

    Bottled water is indeed awful. However, the fluoride in the drinking water supply is also very hazardous. Please read: The Case Against Fluoride by Paul Connett Phd

    Reply

  2. Cathy
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 21:12:18

    I tell you, that school sure is something…..you’ve learned SOOO much in just 2 weeks……I am a proud mama……love you soooo much!!

    Reply

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