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Take Back the Tap Original post: Thu 10/17/2013 at 12:00 PM
Great student opportunity: 

Hi Jess, 


I wanted to check in and see if you had found any students interested in launching a Take Back the Tap effort? We would love to add Franklin Pierce to our national network of colleges working to reduce bottled water consumption and support public tap water. We also do have a small stipend still available ($500 for the semester), if you know of any students who might be interested. 


Students can sign up here and we'll get in touch: 


And/or, you can circulate the attached job description (also below). 


Thanks again!



Katy Kiefer
Activist Network Coordinator
Food & Water Watch



Take Back the Tap
Campus Coordinator Position


Join the movement to Take Back the Tap, promote water as a human right, and work with your campus to promote tap water overbottled water! Food & Water Watch is working with students across the country who are dedicated to helping break the bottled water habit on theircampuses and in their communities.  Instead of relying on overpriced, environmentally harmful bottled water, students deserve free and easy access to high quality and environmentally sustainable tap water on campus. Join other students who have organized their campuses and have  asked decision makers to:

·         Stop serving bottled water in food service areas

·         Provide filtered water refilling stations for reusable water bottles

·         Educate fellow students, hold taste tests, and host bottled water-free events

·         Sell reusable water bottles at campus bookstores and other retail locations

Many c ampuses across the country have already demonstrated their ongoing commitment to sustainability by promoting safe tap water access as the best choice for public health, the environment, and the economy.  Take part in hosting speakers and film screenings, running petition drives, meeting with elected officials, and holding media events. Gain hands-on grassroots experience with a national advocacy nonprofit organization; learn concrete organizing skills from professionals in the field; and win real victories for environmental and socioeconomic justice.



Responsibilities may include:

·         Recruiting interested students, facilitating group meetings, and providing guidance for group efforts

·         Building strategic coalitions with faculty, staff, student groups, alumnae, and board members on your campus

·         Coordinating outreach to influential religious groups, labor groups, elected officials, citizen activists, and businesses

·         Recruiting and managing volunteer leaders to run strategic campaign actions

·         Assisting in media outreach to educate millions of people (Cleared by FWW)

·         Participating in national campaign strategy sessions and developing local tactics

·         Maintaining records of work and assist with database development



Strong interest in Food & Water Watch issues, commitment to social change, strong verbal and written communication skills, and excellent time management skills. GOOD STRATEGIC SENSE, THE ABILITY TO WORK UNSUPERVISED, THE ABILITY AND DEDICATION TO IMPLEMENT THE TAKE BACK THE TAP PROGRAM AT YOUR COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY, AND THE ABILITY TO PROVIDE MONTHLY WRITTEN UPDATES ON PROGRESS TO THEIR SUPERVISOR. Candidate should have the desire to develop campaign-organizing skills.

For more information contact Katy Kiefer (202-683-4939 or email For more information about Food & Water Watch please go to


Katy Kiefer
Activist Network Coordinator
Food & Water Watch



From: Jess Gerrior <>
Date: Sat, 24 Aug 2013 13:49:23 +0000
To: Hannah Adams <>
Cc: Katy Kiefer <>
Subject: RE: TBTT campus coordinator


Hannah and Katie,


Thanks for your message. Forgive the delay in replying; mine is a 10-month position, and I am just now returning to work after being off for the summer.


We would be interested in hearing more about the Take Back the Tap campaign. We have a particular issue on our campus that makes it difficult to convince students to switch to reusable bottles, which is that our local water supply is naturally high in iron and other minerals, giving our tap water a color and taste that many students find off-putting. The water is perfectly drinkable by State and EPA standards, but each year, cases and cases of bottled water from our local Wal-Mart are consumed in the residence halls. 


Please send whatever information you can. I will pass it along to our Eco Club and Sustainable Lifestyle Housing groups. This could also make a good project for a Sustainability Certificate student.


Thank you.


Jess Gerrior, MS

Sustainability Coordinator

Franklin Pierce University - Rindge, NH

Education & Professional Development Steering Committee, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

Phone: (603) 899-4175


Facebook: SustainableFPU

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From: Hannah Adams []
Sent: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 1:32 PM
To: Jess Gerrior
Subject: TBTT campus coordinator

Hi Jess, 

Food & Water Watch is looking for students interested in launching a Take Back the Tap campaign on their campus this fall. The goal of the initiative is to raise awareness about the negative impacts of bottled water, build support for our public tap water sources, and move campuses toward sustainability by reducing bottled water consumption.

We would love to work with you to bring Franklin Pierce into our network of over 50 college campuses! Do you know any students who might be interested in heading up the Take Back the Tap initiative?

Please let us know if you’re interested in finding out more about the program. You can reply to this email or contact Katy Kiefer, at 202-683-4939, Thanks!


Hannah Adams
(202) 683-4942

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