Quinnipiac University - Sustainable Hydration Case Study


Hamden, Connecticut


College is a place to learn, a place to receive an education both inside and outside the classroom. With new found personal awareness and an encouraging culture, campuses provide the ideal environment for students to evaluate common perceptions, pursue their passion, and support cause-related movements. College students are notorious for starting and leading new political, educational, environmental and/or personal trends, Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut is no exception.


Quinnipiac staff noticed that there were a growing number of students in their community walking around campus with reusable water bottles. They immediately recognized that students were adopting the growing trend to reduce bottled water waste and increase their usage of reusable water bottles. In turn, the University decided to help support their campus population’s growing sustainability efforts by providing a sustainable hydration option.


Keith Woodward, Associate Vice President of Facilities Operations, started researching hydration options. After seeing a video online, Mr. Woodward found his solution – the Brita® Hydration Station®. His viewing of the product video quickly triggered ideas on how multiple units could service his campus, “I came across the Brita® Hydration Station® as a better way to refill bottles than traditional water fountains. It was clean, easier to use and helps reduce the use of plastics on campuses,” stated Woodward. The evolutionary Brita® Hydration Station® is a touch-free,
sensor-operated, water dispenser offering healthier*, great-tasting water.


“The students and staff love them,” said Woodward “I can’t put in enough to satisfy our community!” Initially Quinnipiac started promoting the new units through their online website and their sustainability team, but Woodward claims that they don’t need much promotion. Word quickly spread about the installations throughout the community and now students just know where they are. “They are great!” said Woodward.


Brita® Hydration Stations® offer users the benefits of great-tasting, Brita® filtered water away-from-home without the waste and cost of bottled water. The multiple product options transform regular tap water into healthier* drinking water using a certified advanced filtration system. Brita® Hydration Stations® are certified according to NsF/aNsI standards 42 & 53 for the reduction of chlorine (taste and odor), lead, and 99.99% of cysts.

*Certified to reduce Lead & Cysts. substances reduced may not be in all users’ water.