Community Innovation Fund (CIF) Project
Rethink Your Drink
Funds Used For
Reusable ceramic mugs
18,250 single-use styrofoam cups eliminated per year
Sunriver Owners Association
Sunriver Owners Association was able to use the Community Innovation Fund to implement their “Rethink your Drink” campaign, eliminating all single use styrofoam coffee cups and only offering re-usable ceramic mugs for coffee. They were able to use this to start a more collaborative effort involving other stakeholders in a larger campaign to promote environmental sustainability in Sunriver. By providing a more eco-conscious sustainable option for people to use, they were able to help raise awareness in people’s attitudes regarding simple sustainable choices as part of the larger picture.
Additional project implementation details
Aim: To replace all disposable single use styrofoam coffee cups with reusable ceramic mugs with “Sustain Sunriver” and “Rethink your Drink” messages to help promote environmentally sustainable practices within Sunriver.
Making it happen: The Sunriver Homeowners Association’s Sustainability Committee spearheaded the project and here are the steps they took once they received the grant:
- Created a Rethink your Drink campaign including designing graphical and print elements for it.
- Ordered reusable ceramic mugs, made in USA, and with the messages “Sustain Sunriver” and “Rethink your Drink”
- Upon receiving the grant and the new mugs, they revamped their coffee stations with the re-usable ceramic mugs and took away the option of any single-use disposable cups. They put up signs promoting our “Rethink your Drink” campaign, and put an article in our local newspaper the “Sunriver Scene”.
Lessons Learned: Unfortunately, shortly after their new “Rethink your Drink” program was launched, Covid-19 shut down their facilities and coffee stations to the public. They had to make some adjustments, changes, and delays in the execution and implementation of their Rethink your Drink campaign, but were still glad to make the switch.
Here’s a video featuring the project with more information: