LetCleanWatersFlow School Program Date Published: November 2009
With the threat of water crisis, continuing to affect the lives of people around the world, schools can join this initiative to educate students, educators, and staff about critical water issues including the necessity for clean and safe drinking water at schools, and water's far reaching health, environmental, and economic impact. Considered by many as having a positive influence among the youth around the world, each school can pursue a multitude of water initiatives to raise awareness, and to remain positive global citizens.
The LetCleanWatersFlow school initiative is being implemented by each of the schools locally in their geographic location.
The purpose of this initiative is to create healthy and pleasant environment for the students, educators, and staff at schools, while exerting a positive influence on stewardship at the glocal - global and local - scale. The awareness and education will allow individuals to make sound decisions, while facilitating the creation of water conscious individuals in the process.
Health of individuals and our environment and water stewardship are at the core of this initiative, with the leading H2OAlliance water experts from around the world providing the guidance required to make positive choices. The program will allow individuals continue to make choices that improve their health and wellness, while improving water efficiency by reducing waste, and increasing the overall sustainability of day-to-day activities.
The positive impact of this initiative relates back to the communities goals of achieving health and sustainable water and resource management benefits, and a reduction of water footprint. Each participating school will be asked to develop a water policy, which includes the following core requirements:
Access to clean and safe drinking water in schools;
Engage staff at all levels of operations to use less water, materials, and energy - when possible;
Be able to educate students, educators and staff.
Further to this development, each school will relate the overall water policy to all levels of their operations, inclusive of items such as communications, staff involvement at all levels, and the development of a reporting structure through water sustainability reports, which is expected to begin in 2010.
Schools can utilize these policy requirements as a template for developing efficient water policies. These standards can be developed in collaboration with H2OAlliance experts.
Collaboration between schools and water experts can improve health and wellness of students, educators, and staff, and influence operational aspects such as reduction of use of water, materials, and energy. The health, economic, and environmental benefits that come from these efforts will likely have a lasting influence on the local community, especially students.
The LetCleanWatersFlow School Initiative being implemented by the schools will continue to have a positive impact on communities, and teachers and students themselves. If this influence will motivate others to make positive improvements at the local level, regional and national initiatives to improve: access to clean and safe drinking water; water-efficiency; and address the issues related to environment may become more manageable.
By incorporating new technologies, implementing efficient operational processes, and becoming more aware of water issues and concerns, the schools are facilitating other individuals and organizations to take responsibility for water stewardship – thus creating an opportunity for expansion into communities where we live, work, and play in.