Reusable Mug Program

EcoTopic / Project Category
Purchasing, Consumption and Waste
Project Goal Summary
There is a lot of waste that is needlessly created in the world. My goal was to reduce this waste, specifically at Lewis University, by introducing reusable mugs for students to use on hot beverages rather than the disposable ones available. I have been able to work with Sodexo and Student Development on our campus to purchase and disperse these mugs to incoming freshman. Students are motivated to use these mugs by receiving a $0.25 discount at food service locations, being able to carry around a mug that supports school spirit, and knowing they are reducing the waste produced by Lewis University.
Project Location
1 University Pkwy
Romeoville, IL 60446
United States
Project Goals and News
This project is designed to address the amount of waste created in this world. The goal is to introduce reusable mugs to the entire campus overtime, thereby making disposable cups unnecessary. Each year these reusable mugs will go out to freshman and I will be able to keep track of the amount of disposable cups vs. the amount of reusable cups being used through the transaction data of Sodexo. Initiating this project has been successful. Both Sodexo and Student Development have worked with me to purchase and obtain the mugs to be handed out to the incoming freshman. Along with this, multiple student volunteers helped me hand out the mugs during freshman orientation and the following resource fair. I have gotten the point of this project across in a few different ways. I have put slips of paper in the mugs informing students of the purpose of the project, I have spoken with students directly about the project at the Resource Fair, and I have hung flyers around food service areas reminding people about the reusable mugs. I would like to permanently instate this project here at Lewis University and inspire other Universities to start similar projects of their own so that disposable cups can be a thing of the past on Universities throughout the country.
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Waste, reduce, reuse
File #1
Cup Business ProposalCup Business ProposalProposal created to discuss the budget with Sodexo18 KB
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Cup DesignsCup DesignsCup designs iscussed with Club Colors (the vendor of this project)2225 KB
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Cup Project TimelineCup Project TimelineA calendar of events determining when I should speak with who/when things should be planned/released71 KB
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Cup SlipsCup SlipsSlips of paper in each cup describing its purpose631 KB
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Cup Project PresentationCup Project PresentationPresentation describing the cup project and potential future outcomes7660 KB

Project Feedback

Hi Samantha! You have created a great project to promote sustainablility by reducing reusable cup consumption. A strength to your project is that you strategically chose your audience. Engaged incoming freshman with your project and including your University's mascot on the mugs were both ideal choices. By targeting incoming freshman and providing them with a mug with your mascot sets the precedence that sustainability is a community value at your school. You mentioned that you would like to continue your project into subsequent years.  My suggestion is to collect data on the amount of people using the mugs through out this school year.  You could do this by asking the food and beverage service at your University to track the amount of cups they refill.  This would help you in making decisions around advertizement as well as benefits for mug users in the coming school years. Congratulations on your successful project.
  • Posted Mon 11 Dec 2017 12:35 AM CST

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Samantha Parisi
Samantha Parisi
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Date Added: Oct 13, 2017
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