WaterSmart Schools

by Dawn Doering | Jul 19, 2011
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Summary:

Schools are incubators of creative minds and large consumers of water, while schoolgrounds create a lot of stormwater runoff. The runoff adds to stormwater pollution. Why not make use of those creative minds for saving water? They can ponder the best ways to save water at their school: conserving water or reducing their water blueprint by reducing runoff (or both!).

About You

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About You

First Name

Dawn

Last Name

Doering

Country

United States, MN, Anoka County

City

Blaine

About Your Organization

Organization Name

Coon Creek Watershed District

Organization Website

Your Idea

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Name your idea

WaterSmart Schools

Describe how you would use $15,000 to help your community become aware of and address water issues in Minnesota.

We would provide grant(s) up to $15,000 to schools in our District that provide within a certain time period the top cost-effective plans to save water either by conserving water, by saving rainwater (including rain gardens), or by re-use. Ideally, the ideas would come from the students.

How do you define your "community"?. How are water issues affecting your community?

Our community includes all the citizens within our district boundary. We have had drought conditions for several years, and though this year we are getting ample rains, there is still concern about lack of adequate recharge of our aquifers. Our area is ripe for recharge as it is on the Anoka Sand Plain.

Innovation

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Describe how your idea is creative.

Schools are incubators of creative minds and large consumers of water, while schoolgrounds create a lot of stormwater runoff. The runoff adds to stormwater pollution. Why not make use of those creative minds for saving water? They can ponder the best ways to save water at their school: conserving water or reducing their water blueprint by reducing runoff (or both!).

Impact

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Describe how how you expect your idea to make a difference in your community.

1) reduce either: water consumption or stormwater runoff pollution
2) get young minds working on solving a real-world, close-to-home problem
3) create awareness and, hopefully, inspiration and action by students and those around them

Sustainability and Growth

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Describe how your idea will "stick" in your community and how you think it could be repeated in other communities.

The students will definitely remember making a difference in their own community, and the community can remember it by making their project(s) known on their website, and we would definitely have it on our website and develop outreach materials on it to share with whomever would like it.

With a proven concept, other communities could repeat the grants- or make it a contest!- and garner funds to dole out grants or prize money to schools or churches or similar organizations to generate and implement WaterSmart ideas.

Mikey Bang said: Watersmart schools sound interesting and also this can encourage students to give value and be aware about the facts on how to preserve ... about this Competition Entry. - 1813 days ago read more >

Dawn Doering updated this Competition Entry. - 2741 days ago

Dawn Doering submitted this idea. - 2741 days ago