In 2009, Western Michigan University created a novel, and as far as we know unprecedented, waste reduction initiative. During the first few weeks of school, each incoming WMU student is given a free, high-quality, ISO-certified, 17 oz. stainless steel water bottle.

This program—which has a variety of incentives associated with it—is designed to do much more than counteract disposable cup use on campus. It’s an innovative model for introducing students to our campus’ sustainability commitments and for stimulating long-term, meaningful behavior change.

Free for all first year students and transfer students, EcoMugs are available to all students for $5 and $7 for faculty/staff at the Office for Sustainability. 

Not only is the EcoMug the only accepted reusable drink container in WMU Dining Services locations, but you can use your EcoMug at campus cafes for a 15 percent discount on any beverage. Off campus business partners support WMU's sustainability initiatives by offering these discounts when you bring your EcoMug: 

Caffe Casa (25% off any coffee or espresso drink with EcoMug)

128 S Kalamazoo Mall, (269) 385-1026

The Den Party Store (50¢ refills on EcoMug)

2917 Howard St, (269) 381-5857

Fourth Coast Cafe (discounted beverage refill)

816 S Westnedge Ave, (269) 383-0202

Kalamazoo Nature Center ($4 admission w/student ID and EcoMug)

7000 N Westnedge Ave, (269) 381-1574

Pita Pit (free beverage with EcoMug with purchase of a pita)

2913 Howard St, (269) 343-7482

Roma's Pizza
(free beverage with EcoMug with purchase of $5 or more)
1401 S Drake Rd, (269) 372-7662

Something's Brewing
(select discounts on brewed coffee and lattes)
120 W South St, (269)349-1295

Water Street Coffee Joint (20% off any beverage in EcoMug)

315 E Water St, (269) 373-2840

3037 Oakland Dr, (269) 488-0018 


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