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 arizonawet.arizona.edu. ANREP works to provide a variety of approaches to help educate landowners, managers, decision makers and youth on natural resources. Visit anrep.org for more information.