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Promise of greener campus brings Coke on board

September 16th, 2010

For the past decade, John Carroll University has served PepsiCo products throughout campus. Beginning this summer, JCU made the switch to products from The Coca-Cola Company, and many students may be wondering why the sudden change was made. 

“The University’s exclusive 10-year beverage agreement with Pepsi recently expired. That agreement covered all [carbonated and non-carbonated] soft drinks, juices, sport and energy drinks, and water that was sold, served or dispensed on campus,” said Andrew Fronczek, the director of purchasing and auxiliary services.

Instead of renewing the contract with Pepsi, the University decided to change to Coke. This decision was made in part to make the community greener.

“Aside from financial/cost implications and service levels, the University has also been closely looking at the various ‘green’ factors within its proposed agreements that would further support our growing sustainability initiatives,” said Fronczek.

New machines brought on campus to dispense Coke products conserve energy by turning off at night. 

The new agreement started June 1. Within that agreement, Fronczek said, “Coke has pledged $10,000 in new recycling containers to assist in growing the University’s recycling and sustainability initiatives.”

Students support this new way of going green. 

“Coke is a more environmentally friendly company, so that makes me feel better,” said sophomore Cara Stamp.

The Coke machines are not the only new machines on campus. The vending machines and hot drink machines are also new, although JCU decided to remain with the same provider, AVI Food Systems.

“This [renewed] agreement also includes brand new vending machines that include LED lighting and auto-shut-off timers that use up to 40 percent less energy than the previous machines,” said Fronczek.

In addition to making it a more green campus, students also feel as though it will bring more money to JCU.  

“Although I only drink Diet Coke, I have spent more money in the vending machines [this year] buying Diet Coke and Vitamin Water than I spent my freshman and sophomore year combined,” said junior Tyler Bond.