Did you know that around 700 million people in 43 countries suffer from water scarcity today? This alarming statistic is one of many that indicates the seriousness of the global water crisis planet earth is currently facing. One factor that contributes to the freshwater shortage is human consumption for personal uses such as cooking, cleaning, landscaping, and unnecessary waste through leaks and fixture inefficiencies. In America, the average household of four uses 400 gallons of water each day, significantly more than is typically used in any other country. Today, GEF and American Standard have launched the Sustainable Water Challenge, a free program for K-12 students that educates them on current issues in water sustainability and the steps we need to take to help conserve Earth’s most precious resource.
The program resources are available year round, but schools and groups are encouraged to select the Sustainable Water Challenge as their sustainability theme as part of National Green Week 2013! National Green Week kicks off February 4-8 but you can choose any week between then and the end of Earth Month (April) to participate. Simply indicate your sustainability theme in your GEF member profile and participate in any of the lessons, activities or contests to join the largest sustainability education movement!
In the Curriculum and Activities section of the program, schools and groups are provided with a list of GEF’s water related, standards-based lessons, such as Efficient Water Technologies. In this lesson, students explore their homes and school in a vivid animation to determine where the most water is used and how they can change their behaviors to use less water. Furthermore, activities for every grade level and subject area provide educators with fun ways to introduce water sustainability in their classrooms. You’ll also find informative posters to download and print for your classroom!
Schools, classrooms and youth groups are also encouraged to enter a Sustainable Water Challenge contest! By completing a water audit and submitting a chronicle of your findings (audit worksheet, summary, results, photos, or video) by May 30 you’ll be entered to win a raffle! Prizes include water bottles for the winning students and GEF Institute’s Water and Sustainability online course for the teacher or group leader.
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To participate in the Sustainable Water Challenge, simply create a free GEF membership account and select the Water Challenge as a program of interest. GEF members also receive monthly newsletters with the most current information about programs, contests, special discounts, and sustainability tips.