Sonoma County Water Agency teams with Sonoma Clean Power to Develop Energy Education Program
Santa Rosa, CA – The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) Board of Directors today approved a program to develop an Energy Education Program that incorporates energy efficiency and climate change into the existing Water Education program that reaches 10,000 students annually. The Energy Education Program will be jointly developed by the Water Agency and Sonoma Clean Power.
The Board’s action authorizes the Water Agency to develop, market and implement the $275,000 program, which will be funded by the Sonoma Clean Power Authority. The program will allow the Water Agency’s Water Education Program to expand the number of students it reaches, expand the area where services are provided, and expand the concepts that students are taught.
“Teaching our children about water and energy in the same curriculum is a natural fit,” said Water Agency Director James Gore, who is the Board’s representative to Sonoma Clean Power. “The Water Agency for many years has been stressing the connection between water and energy and the need for resiliency in the face of a changing climate. Using a hands-on, science-based education program will allow students to become informed and accountable citizens.”
It is expected that the program will allow the Water Agency to increase the number of students it reaches by 25 percent. Energy Education will be incorporated into the existing 3rd and 5th grade curriculums. In addition, a 4th grade classroom program will be developed, along with a workshop to provide teachers with energy and climate change curriculum.
“This program is another way we can stress the water/energy nexus,” said Water Agency Board Chair Shirlee Zane. “Our Water Education Program is a tremendous tool that allows thousands of students to understand our water cycle and the environment. Expanding the program to include energy efficiency and climate change will make an already great program even better.”
The Water Education Program utilizes a multifaceted approach to help students learn the value of water as an important natural resource. The programs are free of charge and aligned with the state’s Next Generation Science Standards. Instructors utilize inquiry-based, exploratory science. Staff provide classroom visits, field trips, and curriculum materials for students located within the Water Agency’s service area. The program’s goal is for students to become environmental stewards and informed citizens who can examine the world through an inquisitive, scientific lens.
The Water Education Program is made possible through the Sonoma County Water Agency and these local water providers: City of Santa Rosa, City of Rohnert Park, City of Cotati, City of Petaluma, City of Sonoma, North Marin Water District, Valley of the Moon Water District and the Town of Windsor.
The Sonoma County Water Agency is working to secure our future by investing in our water resources, community and environment. The Water Agency provides water supply, flood protection and sanitation services for portions of Sonoma and Marin counties. Visit us on the Web at www.sonomacountywater.org.