April 7, 2004  
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News Brief

Sweet, free, black gold
With exams around the corner and late-night studying becoming a campus fixture, it is only appropriate that free coffee be handed out to students to give them healthy, blood-shot eyes.

EnviroWestern will be pouring fair trade coffee for environmentally-conscious students — but only for those who bring along a reusable travel mug — on the Concrete Beach today between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m — all for the low, low price of nothing.

“It’s just part of a larger initiative of decreasing the amount of waste on campus,” said Mary Rendell, VP-internal for EnviroWestern.

The club recently conducted a trash audit and found that a substantial amount of campus trash included coffee cups, prompting EnviroWestern to introduce reusable plastic cups at Tim Hortons locations on campus, she said, adding today’s event is aimed at encouraging eco-friendly behaviour. “We don’t want people to forget about reusable cups.”

Some plastic mugs will be available for sale at cost, though Rendell said more can be ordered if there is sufficient demand. The event is being sponsored by Hospitality Services which, along with EnviroWestern, is hoping to promote environmentally-friendly practices, she added.

—Anton Vidgen



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