It’s not as hard as you might think.

By Patti Radle | Sep 12 2014

PattiRadleBy Patti Radle, SA2020 Board Member and 2014 Resolutions Leader (follow her here!)


When I was asked back in February what I thought would be the biggest challenge or the main excuse people would offer when asked to give up bottled water, my response was, “Convenience.  People will find it hard to give up the convenience.”

But now that more organizations, churches, businesses, education campuses, and, indeed, cities are becoming more aware of the detriment of the rampant use of bottled water, these same entities are becoming more creative in making things easier for those who understand the importance of using a re-usable bottle for water.

airportSuch was the experience of my colleague on the SAISD school board, Debra Guerrero.  She sent me this photo from New York, saying, “My Labor Day trip to NY was less a challenge to avoid bottled water than I originally thought it would be.  I packed my no-spill Contigo water bottle and was pleasantly surprised to see these awesome water fountains (at the Atlanta Airport)! They were at La Guardia when I landed, as well.  Let’s hope San Antonio is next.”

Thank you, Debra, for making the resolution not to use bottled water for the rest of 2014 and to consider this as a continued life style.   When DebraDebra made the commitment, she said, “I am joining the challenge to stay hydrated ‘plastic bottle free.’  We all need to do our part to protect the environment.”

I was so happy to walk into a recent SAISD goal-setting session and see Debra sitting there with her re-usable water glass.

As important as it is to reduce the use of plastic, it is important to reduce the unnecessary use of water.  Remember, it takes three times the amount of water to produce a bottle of water than the amount of water that is in the bottle.



Patti Radle

Patti Radle, born in Philadelphia, PA. first moved to San Antonio in 1965 when she was a student at Our Lady of the Lake University. She transferred to Marquette University for her senior year to major in Theology and returned to San Antonio in 1969. Experiences in Milwaukee led her to commit to a simple life style lived among people who suffer the consequences of poverty. She moved into the Westside of San Antonio, and shortly after marrying her husband Rod, they together became volunteer co-directors of Inner City Development and continue as such to the present day. This agency now has a 45 year history of providing food and clothing to families in crisis and many recreational and educational activities for children. Patti has helped to establish several other non-profits including the San Antonio Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, San Antonio Alternative Housing, San Anto Cultural Arts, and Sidewalk, Inc. She established a cooperative home school at Inner City Development. From 2003 to 2007, she served on the San Antonio City Council representing her community, District 5. It was during her time on Council that Patti worked with many others to help establish Haven for Hope and presently serves as Vice-Chair. Patti Radle also serves on the SA2020 Board of Directors, and was elected to the San Antonio Independent School District Board of Trustees in May of 2011.

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