In the spring of 2010, Loyola University Chicago began a two year long campaign to educate the Loyola community on the issues surrounding bottled water. Concerned with the issues of privatization surrounding bottled water, the Student Environmental Alliance (SEA) led the UnCap LUC Campaign. SEA worked in partnership with Unified Student Government Association (USGA) and other student organizations to raise awareness about the social justice issues with bottled water. In March 2012, the Loyola student body voted to end the sale of bottled water on their campuses. During this time, students also worked with Loyola’s facility departments to ensure that water refill stations were installed across both campuses so students could easily refill their reusable water bottles for free. In August 2012, Loyola began phasing out bottled water on their Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses. This phase out was completed by August 2013 and reusable water bottles are distributed to new incoming students and through other programming and events at Loyola.
The UnCap LUC is a campaign to educate the Loyola community on the issues associated with corporate ownership of a resource necessary for life - water. focused on the growing concern of local water privatization and fair access to water on a global level. In
Consider the sale of bottled water on campus in conflict with the Jesuit tradition and Loyola's mission 'to be in service of humanity through learning, justice and faith'.
Feel that safe and accessible water is a fundamental human right and must not be handled in ways that put profits over people.
Impacts of Water Privatization and Bottled Water: