Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Green Options: Water Bottles

This is a visitor service discussion - not the 'why the heck do we still use these things?' discussion.

We know one of the best ways to facilitate change is to offer a different, better behavior that addresses the need that triggers the activity we wish to change.

Bottled water. They want to buy it, we want them to bring a bottle and fill it. Drinking fountains are less prevelent, bathroom faucets not so bottle-friendly. What to do?
Seen at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Water bottle filling stations, of course!

This one is placed at an intersection of four buildings - a high traffic area.

I would place it in a high traffic area in your museum and make sure there's one right near the gift shop where you sell branded reusable bottles.

But it's not good enough to just offer a stopgap. Reward and reinforce this positive behavior with feedback:

Of course, you have to plug in the station (see plug underneath the unit), but then if you buy or use green power, that's really not an issue, is it?

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