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“Water, Water, Everywhere”: Wishing Wells Come to Commencement

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Changes are coming to Reunion and Commencement. Instead of plastic water bottles this year, you will find two water filtration systems, called the “Wishing Wells,” where students can fill a reusable water container.

As you probably have noticed by now, Wesleyan implemented a campus-wide ban on water bottles this past year that has been met with a pretty positive response. Plastic water bottles create environmental waste and, in the words of Melodious, the product “privatizes a public commodity.” Why pay for something you could get for free from the tap in your sink? (And your tap water is probably cleaner and more highly regulated to boot).

In keeping with this new campus policy, R&C will go water-bottle-less. In lieu of selling plastic water bottles, the two student-made Wishing Wells will provide water. Nina Gerona ’15, Tavo True-Alcalá ’15, Brent Packer ’15, and Mads O’Brien ’16 created the winning design and then worked closely with the Wesleyan Machine Shop to build the filtration systems.

Support Sustainable Landscaping at Wesleyan

From Miles Bukiet ’11:

Emerging from a graceful arbor plump with grapes you head past the chapel towards the Wesleyan Orchard, the rows of trees punctuated by the sharp red of ripe apples.  As you reach up to pick one a humming bird buzzes by on his way to a colorful meadow in front of North college, a meadow currently erupting in a decadent display of natural abundance. Welcome to fall at Wesleyan. This is not a fantasy; this is Wes ten years from now given both audacity of vision, and meticulous follow through.

Want to see fruit trees and abundant wildflower meadows where short grass currently exists?!  Help us transform this campus into a flagship campus, demonstrating innovative sustainable and socially just design.  Help us generate the support needed to turn this dream into a reality.  Two easy steps…