ThinkWater recently announced the selection of 10 leaders in water education, outreach, and extension to be ThinkWater Fellows for 2017-18. Dr. Grant Weinkam, Research Analyst, University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center, was among the list of new fellows selected from the many outstanding applications from candidates across the country. As a member of the new ThinkWater fellowship Weinkam will interact with others engaged with water-related issues and learn a proven method for teaching the universal rules underlying systems thinking suitable for all ages and populations. Drs.
Arizona Project WET Wins ANREP Gold and Silver Awards
TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona Project WET (APW) was recently named the winner of the 2013 Gold Award for a long publication from the Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals (ANREP) for its Water Scene Investigation educational publication. APW also won a Silver Award in the Outstanding Team category.
“These awards are such an honor for Arizona Project WET,” said APW Director Kerry Schwartz. “Our Water Scene Investigation program has engaged 2,340 students who’ve saved a projected 2.6 million gallons of water at home faucets. It’s great to receive national recognition for this impactful program.”
Arizona Project WET is housed at the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center, developing water stewardship and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) literacy through K-12 teacher professional development, direct student outreach, and community engagement. Its award-winning WSI program inspires participants to adopt home water conservation practices through the installation of water-efficient technology and comparison of savings with other water users.
APW’s Silver Award for Outstanding Team recognizes excellence in leadership, planning, designing, delivering and evaluating a high impact Extension natural resources program.
“You couldn’t ask for a more dedicated staff than ours,” Schwartz said. “We’ve worked hard as a team to meet real needs in education and incentivize water stewardship, and it’s really gratifying to be recognized for that work ethic.”
APW will receive both of its awards at the Joint Council of Extension Professionals Galaxy IV conference on Sept. 19 in Pittsburgh, Penn.
For more information on Arizona Project WET, visit http://arizonawet.arizona.edu/. ANREP works to provide a variety of approaches to help educate landowners, managers, decision makers and youth on natural resources. Visit http://anrep.org/ for more information.
The deadline is approaching to apply for the WRRC summer internship—an internship designed for students interested in gaining experience writing about environmental and water issues. The selected intern will contribute to research and writing for an issue of Arroyo, the annual WRRC publication that focuses on a critical Arizona water issue. This year's topic is Arizona’s irrigated agriculture. It will look at the many issues of associate with agricultural water use, water rights, efficiency and conservation, and participation in solving water supply challenges.
ANNOUNCEMENT: TRAVEL SUPPORT OPPORTUNITY for UA FACULTY (provided by the International Arid Lands Consortium)
The March 28th Water Resources Research Center Annual Conference poster session provided a unique opportunity for UA students to showcase their research and interact with the diverse mix of conference participants. Among the posters presenters were two WRRC student research assistants, Erin Gray and Bailey Kennett. Although their research areas related to water are quite different, both found the opportunity a rewarding platform to engage with water sector professionals.
On March 28, 2017, approximately 325 people traveled to the University of Arizona Student Union for the WRRC Annual Conference, Irrigated Agriculture in Arizona: A Fresh Perspective.
A new web map that illustrates the University of Arizona’s commitment to sustainability is now available thanks to a partnership among the UA Office of Sustainability; Planning, Design and Construction; and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Communications and Cyber Technologies division. The map pinpoints sites, such as rainwater harvesting installations, solar panels, and recycling opportunities, as well as projects and programs that promote sustainability on campus.