WE-LAB Making an Impact in Schools Posted May 15, 2015 by maggie fernandez

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DSC_0045The Water and Energy Learning and Behavior Program (WE-LAB), linked to the Green Schools Challenge, is being implemented in 25 public and private schools seeking advanced sustainability curriculum focused on the Water/Energy Nexus. Students have learned about the significance of protecting the watershed, built model aquifers, and created water savings public service announcements through the implementation of monthly challenge projects with the schools’ green teams. In April, WE-LAB Schools will be hosting Eco-Summits to share their achievements and to be recognized for their accomplishments during the school year.

In order to reach teachers, administrators and parents, WE-LAB Workshops are being held at schools to provide engaging science-based, Water-Energy Nexus information which explains how decreasing the demand for energy and water can positively affect air quality and improve the water supply. To date, 46 Workshops reaching 1,360 households have been held which have resulted in savings of nearly 3 million gallons of water (equivalent to 54,400 loads of laundry a year) and 664,000 kWh of electricity (equivalent to 572 years of running a refrigerator); an emissions reduction of over  $1 million  Co2 (equivalent to 88 years of taking one car off the road); and $102,000 in money saved which equals 25,500 cups of coffee.

To host a WE-LAB workshop or have staff speak to your neighborhood or business, contact WE-LAB Program Manager Maggie Fernandez at maggie@dreamingreen.org.

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