I sat down a few days ago with Brent Packer ’15 and Tavo True-Alcalá ’15, the two co-founders of Wishing Wells, an up and coming water bottle filling station startup. Wishing Wells reduces plastic water bottle waste for big events on campus and is soon looking to expand with a bigger team and a larger impact.
Brent (L) and Tavo (R), just two great dudes doing really cool shit.
sheninagans: What are Wishing Wells?
Tavo: Wishing Wells are portable water distribution stations that provide chilled, filtered water for events like football games or reunion and commencement. The goal is to reduce the amount of disposable water bottles that people use at events like that. All you need is ice and a hose connection. It’s great.
Brent: The reason that this came about is because Wesleyan, and a lot of other universities across North America, have committed to reducing, or eliminating water bottle sales on their campuses. Wesleyan has been really great about that, you won’t find bottled water in Weshop or anywhere else. But the one area where they’ve had a lot of trouble was with these large outdoor events, reunion and commencement and football games are the main ones. They needed a way to hydrate people without breaking the commitment they made of being a bottled water free campus. They knew there would be a solution out there. They had some expensive ideas, like renting water bottle filling stations, but they thought there could be an easier and more cost effective way to do that. So two years ago they sponsored a competition. A bunch of students, with no engineering background, put together some designs. And our team, which was Tavo, Nina Gerona, Madeleine O’Brian, and myself just scrappily put together a plan and won the competition. Then our design was built with the help of Dave and Bruce in the machine shop and since then, Wishing Wells have saved 10,500 water bottles, mostly from the past two reunion and commencements and a few other events.
What are you doing with Wishing Wells right now?
The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship is gearing up for spring semester, and PCSE Director Makaela Kingsley wants to get the word out about some opportunities for current students:
Patricelli Center Seed Grants and Davis Projects for Peace Prize
Applications due Sunday, January 26
Do you have an idea for a project, program, or venture that could make the world better? Do you want $5,000 or $10,000 to get started or grow your idea? Apply now! Details, eligibility, and application instructions are here.
Dana Pellegrino ’12 is now hiring:
Attention all Seniors: as the current Civic Engagement Fellow, I’d like to welcome you to apply for next year’s position. If you are interested in innovative community-related projects and facilitating engagement on campus, I encourage you to apply.
Deadline: April 5, 2013
The application info appears in the graphic above, but if you’re wondering what the Civic Engagement Fellow does all day, click here.
Dana Pellegrino ’12 keeps it brief:
Money for your entrepreneurship. Students and alumni are eligible.
Deadline: Monday, January 28
Dana Pellegrino ’12 invites you to equip yourself with some entrepreneurial knowledge:
Interested in business, entrepreneurship, or nonprofits? Looking for some solid post-grad advice? Teague Hopkins ’06 comes to Allbritton to talk about “how to start cheap, learn fast, and build an organization that changes the world.” Complete with reception to follow! Brought to you by the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship.
Date: Thursday, October 18th
Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Place: Allbritton 311
Sewon Kong ’14 wants you to be the next “The Waterboy” , kind of:
Wesleyan eliminated bottled water from campus, but we still have to stay hydrated during outdoor events. That’s where you (and your friends) come in. We have the filtration unit; we need YOU to build the casing to hold it. Get a team together and design a portable water station with the help of expert faculty, staff, and alumni.
Official Rules and Details here or come to the info session to ask questions in person.
Co-sponsored by the Sustainability Office, CFA, The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, and the College of the Environment.
Help Wesleyan fill up without throwing away.
Date: Tuesday, September 25th
Time: 7:00-8:00 PM
Place: Usdan 109