IMC Major Leonard Slutsky Helps the Campus Kick the Disposable Water Bottle Habit

IMC major Leonard Slutsky ’15 tapped his commitment to conserve water and the environment into co-founding Ithaca College Take Back the Tap. This registered student organization is an advocate for encouraging use of reusable water bottles for health and sustainability.

As vice president of IC Take Back the Tap, Leonard collaborates with the club members to create awareness programs, set up water taste tests, and help change policies on campus to eliminate consumption of disposable water bottles, such as creating more water-filling stations and developing creative ways to use compostable cups at events. The chapter is also involved with promoting World Water Week, addressing environmental issues, and cooperating with other sustainable student organizations like the Ithaca College Environmental Society and Ithaca College Natural Lands.

Leonard said, “My interest in sustainability was sparked when I audited an online class that was all about water. I really learned how something as simple as using reusable water bottles can save money, plastic, and energy. This club also helps me bring my class work to life to change the culture on campus by making sustainability appealing to students and persuading them to make small yet meaningful changes to their daily lives. I really get to apply my lessons in visual design, public relations, advertising, social media and guerilla marketing on campus – and help the environment in the process.”

Leonard also wrote a recent op-ed in The Ithacan on the importance of sustainability:

IC Take Back the Tap works in conjunction with the national Food and Water Watch ( campaign to end privatization of water and to encourage citizens to utilize their municipal sources of water. To find out more about IC Take Back the Tap, log onto or send an email to



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