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Ringling 10:10 Group Unites Students to Ban Water Bottles on Area College Campuses

Ringling College's Chapter of 10:10 Global Innitiative Hosts Week of Water Awareness and Environmental Education for Sarasota Community Beginning October 10th

Sarasota, FL – October 5, 2011 – Students at the Ringling College of Art and Design have taken a local leadership position in a new global environmental awareness project. Ringling 10:10 is one of over a thousand initiatives united as the 10:10 Global Movement. By cutting down CO2 emissions by 10% a year, participating organizations will reduce Carbon Dioxide emissions and show their concern for future generations.

This year, the Ringling College 10:10 Group invites the Sarasota community to the Ringling campus to engage in a discussion about water consumption and for the remainder of the week of 10-10-11 the Ringling College Academic Center will feature environmental documentaries and guest speakers, leading up to the unveiling of a provocative ‘One Drop’ art installation.

“We must have the engagement of the community and the colleges to make a change,” says Ted Weber, who founded the initiative on campus in 2009. “This way of thinking - of environmental responsibility – must be moved from being something fashionable, to being a fundamental aspect of life.”

As President of Ringling’s Student Government Association, Ted Weber proposed a ban on plastic water bottles to decrease the college's carbon footprint. By mobilizing the student body to adapt more sustainable ways to drink water, Ted and his colleagues hope to set an example for the community at large. “Most people do not pay attention to what water means in a global perspective,” says Ted, “But as creative people who think in a holistic way, we can contribute to real solutions."

Students from the Sarasota college campuses of Ringling College of Art and Design, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and New College of Florida have teamed up to make their respective student bodies aware of the need to curtail disposable plastic water usage and also to recycle those already in use into viable alternative uses, such as in building art and homes.

The following 10:10 events at Ringling College are free and open to the public.

Monday, October 10th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Ringling College Academic Center, room 209. Opening presentation by Ted Weber and Dr. Tim Rumage. Guest speakers: Theresa Connor and Suzanne Dameron. After the talks, guests will tour campus to view the beginning of the One Drop installation.

Tuesday, October 11th and Thursday, October 13th - 7:00 p.m. Screenings of documentaries about water on a global perspective in the Academic Center Auditorium.

Wednesday, October 12th. 7:00 p.m. Academic Center Room 209. A panel of RCAD, NCF, and USFSM faculty and Sarasota City and County Environmental Specialists will discuss issues of water in a global and local perspective with students. Panelists include: Jono Miller, John Ryan, Robert Wright and Alison Albee.

Sunday, October 16th. 7:00 p.m. Screenings in the Academic Center Auditorium, continued. One Drop installation final viewing

More information on the Ringling College 10:10 Group is available via or

About Ringling College of Art and Design

Ringling College of Art and Design is a private, not-for-profit, fully accredited college offering the Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in 13 disciplines: Advertising Design, Computer Animation, Digital Filmmaking, Fine Arts, Game Art & Design, Graphic & Interactive Communication, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Design, Painting, Photography & Digital Imaging, Printmaking and Sculpture, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Business of Art & Design. Located in Sarasota on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the picturesque 47-acre campus now includes more than 100 buildings, and enrolls 1,320 students from 46 states and 46 countries. It is recognized as being among the best and most innovative visual arts colleges in the United States as well as a leader in the use of technology in the arts.