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The Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact at the University of Texas at Arlington is rolling out a brand new program this semester, fall 2018, aimed towards creating a more environmentally sustainable campus. This program called Cupanion will minimize cup waste and help get clean water to areas in need through #fillitforward @utaisgi @utarlignton
Each time you scan you will give a cup of clean water to someone in need. These cups help to complete water projects around the world. The more cups you give, the more projects Fill it Forward can complete. In partnership with WaterAid, Fill it Forward has helped communities around the world gain access to clean water, hygiene, and sanitation. With all three of these things people can unlock their potential, break free from poverty and change their lives for good.
With a Cupanion tag, you can earn:
500 points (50 scans) = free 20 oz. bottled beverage $1.79 value
1500 points = free On-The-Go item priced at $7.00 or less
2500 points = free café meal at Connection Café or Maverick Café $8.00 value
Help us reduce our environmental impact and meet our goal of 20% reduction in waste by 2020.
This program is an easy way to be a part of our commitment to sustainability. With many of us already drinking from reusable water bottles, one more step (of scanning the tag) can bring clean water to those who need it.
If you want to know how many points you have collected or to pick up your reward, please contact Austin Silvas from Dining Services.
If you would like to buy tags or bottles for your office or department please Becky Valentich. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fill it Forward™ tag + app turns any reusable bottle into the most empowering smart bottle on the planet. Pick up your custom University of Texas Arlingtong FiF tags at Office of Sustainability (Preston Hall 204), and join the movement! It’s easy to get started:
STEP 1: Stick a Fill it Forward tag on any reusable bottle. You can pick up the tag from Office of Sustainability, It will also be offered at various outreach events on campus through promotional tables where the cups and tags will be given.
STEP 2: Download the Fill it Forward app on Apple and Android devices.
STEP 3: Refill your bottle and scan every time you reuse.
Give Clean Water – A cup of clean water is given to someone in need each time you refill, helping fund water based projects around the world.
Track Your Footprint – With every reuse you are making an environmental impact! It’s simple to track waste diverted, emissions saved, and how much ocean pollution you have prevented on campus.
Stay Hydrated – Enter the size of your bottle and track your beverage consumption throughout the day. Set goals and reminders so you always meet your hydration goals.
STEP 4: Earn and redeem custom rewards on campus!
Whether it’s at a water filling station or retail / dining location on campus – with every scan you earn points toward free prizes at UTA! For every 200 points get entered into a monthly drawing for rewards across campus including: Bookstore, Campus Recreation, Student Activities, and more. For 1500 points you can receive a free on the go meal worth $7 or less. Contact Austin.Silvas@compass-usa.com to pick up your reward.
Learn more about Fill it Forward.
How does this program create a positive social impact?
1) Anytime you scan their UTA tag, you are giving a cup of clean water to a person in need. Each cup given helps fund meaningful water projects around the world.
2) Environmentally, we are making a big impact every time we reuse. In the app, you can get access to the footprint screen that tracks how much waste they diverted from landfill, energy saved, emissions saved, and how much ocean pollution we are preventing. You are also to track UTA’s combined footprint to see the greater impact of your contribution. Our footprint metrics are audited by a 3rd party, WSP, to ensure accuracy.
Every time a student scans we give a monetary donation that is the equivalent of giving a cup of clean water to a person in need. The monetary donations get distributed to charitable partners with WaterAid being our main partner. We also work with Water.org and Dig Deep as well.
How often you can scan?
You can scan up to 5 scans per day, with 1 hour scan cool down (the time that a student has to wait before they scan again).
Am I required to use Cupanion?
No. While using this app to track hydration and footprint is not mandatory, it is rewarding. You can earn prizes just by scanning your tag with your smart phone while providing clean water access to those in need.