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2010.03.10> For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

UNO Environmental Club to Host Screening, Event on Bottled Water

Omaha - The Environmental Club at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (EC UNO) and Repower Nebraska will host a screening of the new film “Tapped” on Friday, April 2 in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service Building starting at 6:30 p.m.

The documentary examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on health, climate change, pollution and the nation’s reliance on oil. The film’s director, Stephanie Soechtig, and producer, Sarah Olson, will attend the showing and host a post-viewing discussion. The event is free and open to the public.

Prior to the film, a “bottle exchange” will take place at the base of the UNO Bell Tower starting at 5 p.m. Soechtig and Olson have been traveling across the country with a glass cube truck filled with single-use plastic water bottles gathered during other bottle exchanges. At every stop, they ask the public to sign a pledge to reduce their bottled water consumption. They then swap out single-use plastic water bottles for reusable stainless bottles. At UNO, 100 stainless steel bottles will be available (first-come, first-served). After that, the pair will distribute 50 percent off coupons for reusable bottle purchases.

For more information, contact Eric Williams (eric.williams@climateprotect.org or (402) 415-7933) or Patrick Wheeler (pwheeler@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-3921).

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