McKenzie Hamilton October 24, 2014 UNST 124K Topic: What initiatives need to be taken into place in order to ban the sale of plastic water bottles on Portland State University’s campus? Bahr, Katie. "Go big green." U.S. Catholic Sept. 2013: 21+. General OneFile. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. In the article by Katie Bahr, a staff writer for the Arlington Catholic Herald, she goes to say, “an environmental revolution is under way”. Bahr has looked into the increasing amount of sustainability initiatives being put into place at universities around the country, one of them being University of Portland and their new ban on the sale of plastic water bottles on the campus in 2010. With the ban, the Univerisity supplies reusable water bottles to incoming students in place of having to use plastic non-reusable ones. The article shows how University of Portland has working towards a clean and healthy campus for generations to come. With the many sustainability programs and events, Portland is vastly aware of the growing trend for a healthier city to come. Gleick, Peter H. "Revolt: The Growing Campaign Against Bottled Water." Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water. N.p.: Island, 2010. N. pag. Print. The book Bottled and Sold talks about the world’s obsession with bottled water. Peter Gleick, the author, agrees there have been drastic measures being put in place to against the production and sale of plastic water bottles. An example he uses deals with Google headquarters. When Gleick visited in 2007 for a meeting, everyone had plastic water bottles. When he later returned in 2009 that all changed. Everyone now had reusable aluminum bottles that they brought from home. This shows how immense corporations are realizing the need for change. Many places all around the globe are putting this initiative into place in banning plastic water bottles. Greene, Joseph P. Sustainable Plastics: Environmental Assessments of Biobased, Biodegradable, and Recycled Plastics. N.p.: John Wiley & Sons, 2014. Google Books. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. McKenzie Hamilton October 24, 2014 UNST 124K Hannah-Jones, Nikole. "Multnomah County Becomes First in Oregon to Ban Bottled Water from Functions." OregonLive.com. N.p., 14 Oct. 2010. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. In this article Hannah-Jones seeks to provide information on the consumption, production and new ban of plastic water bottles in Multnomah County. As the title describes, Multnomah County became the first to ban plastic water bottle use in all county meetings and functions; the ban was put in place October 2010. The initiative to educate people on tap water vs. bottled water has had a tremendous impact on the surrounding areas; University of Portland has also placed a ban on the sale of bottled water on their campus. The hope is to inform our communities and ask for there to be a change the current behavior of using plastic water bottles and instead use some form of reusable bottle. Mooney, Brian P. "The Second Green Revolution? Production of Plant-based Biodegradable Plastics." Biochem. J. (2009) 418, 219–232 - B.P. Mooney - Plantbased Biodegradable Plastics. N.p., 11 Feb. 2009. Web. 24 Oct. 2014. The short article by Brian Mooney discusses multiple ways that in the near future we could be producing biodegradable water bottles. This would mean that every bottle produced would be able to decompose naturally in a landfill. Many tests have been done and have concluded that any biodegradable bottle will leave no toxic or material waste after degradation. To have this put in place, the earth could eliminate millions of plastic water bottles that are left in landfills every year. The article shows many technological ways of producing biodegradable plastics. If Portland State University could make the switch to these degradable plastics it would help make a drastic difference in the plastic waste created on campus.