M E M O R A N D U M
TO: Deans, Directors and Department Heads
FROM: Kenneth H. Levison
Vice President for Administration
DATE: June 1, 2009
SUBJECT: Governor’s Executive Order 18 – Elimination of Bottled Water
On May 5, 2009, Governor David Paterson issued Executive Order 18,
which seeks to eliminate bottled water for use at executive agency
facilities. As you know, SUNY is considered an executive agency and is
required to comply with this order.
The Executive Order is based upon the State’s obligation “to promote
sound environmental practices” and is in response to the State’s
“unprecedented fiscal crisis”. The order requires agencies to eliminate
the expenditure of funds for the purchase of bottled water. The order
requires each agency to report on its compliance plan to the
Commissioner of General Services. The goal is to eliminate all
expenditures for bottled water by May 1, 2010.
The order points out that bottled water costs thousands of times more
than tap water and that it often consists of filtered or processed tap
water. In addition, it states that “New York has high quality public
water supplies.” In fact, the Village of Geneseo’s water supply, which
supplies the College, is evaluated quarterly by the New York State
Department of Health. The Village’s annual water report notes: “In July
the NYSDOH Western Regional office did a comprehensive performance
evaluation study of our entire treatment process. They were very
impressed with our facility and our whole procedure. They made a few
suggestions and recommendations, which we are implementing.” Copies of Geneseo’s annual water report are available in the Village Office.
In order to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order, SUNY Geneseo
will not expend either State or Foundation funds to purchase bottled
water for the convenience of employees of the College. No contracts for
bottled water will be entered into or extended beyond June 30, 2009.
Campus Auxiliary Services will be able to provide bottled water as part
of its catering function for events for visitors to the campus, such as
Commencement and for Admissions Tours. It will also continue to sell
bottled water for the time being to individuals in vending machines and
at its retail locations such as Union Station and Books and Bytes. It
will, however, not provide bottled water for other campus events. CAS
provides water at no cost in its fountain machines at all retail
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.