03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

CU-Boulder Considers Banning Plastic Bottles

The University of Colorado's greatest green minds came together for a conference Thursday to discuss sustainability projects, including a plan to phase out plastic bottles on the campus.

One problem, though, is the university doesn't want to take money away from a fund -- supported with vending machine revenue -- that awards scholarship money to the children of faculty and staff members.

At first, CU leaders were looking at ridding the campus of just plastic water bottles, said Deb Coffin, associate vice chancellor and dean of students. But, she said, they worried about unintended consequences -- such as students opting instead for more bottled sodas.

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