As of January 1, 2020, Pratt Institute, in collaboration with AVI Fresh, has banned all single-use plastic water bottles from the Brooklyn campus. The administration worked with students to discontinue the sale of plastic bottles and increase the quantity of filling stations across campus. The initiative was started by Pratt Envirolutions, the Institute’s sustainability club, in 2018, when students collected over 1000 signatures of supportive Pratt Community members.
“This ban proves that when enough students speak their minds, academic leadership and facilities respond. This is a great example of what is to come in the future for sustainability at Pratt. We also see great engagement from Pratt’s leadership around environmental consciousness. So these positive changes are happening both bottom up and top down.” – Tetsu Ohara