This week, Grades of Green announced our first ever Global Water Challenge Winner: St. Roza College Mattuga in Kampala, Uganda! The Global Water Challenge is a new virtual challenge program designed to inspire students across the globe to take action to conserve water at school and in their communities. Through the Water Challenge, Grades of Green Teams at competing schools learned about their local water resources made habit changes to reduce their water footprints. Water Challenge students also educated their peers about the importance of water conservation through classroom presentations and their one-minute video pitch of their solution to a water issue. Congratulations to all Global Water Challenge Schools, who together conserved an amazing 16 MILLION gallons of water.
St. Roza’s Green Team rocked the Water Challenge by innovating a recycled water bottle drip-irrigation system for their school garden, as well as taking action to measure and reduce campus and household water wastage. As the Global Water Challenge Winner, determined by a panel of expert environmentalist judges, St. Roza will receive a $1,000 education grant to support their students’ water conservation efforts for years to come!
Grades of Green couldn’t be prouder of our rockstar Finalist Schools, California-based
Silver Spur Elementary School in Palos Verdes and
Rogers Middle School in Long Beach. Silver Spur’s Green Team launched a comprehensive campus-wide Water Awareness Month in order to create a sustainable water culture, and was awarded Best Community Engagement for their efforts. Read more about Silver Spur’s water conservation achievements here. Rogers students completed research projects and presentations explaining how water is wasted, and action steps their campus could take to conserve water and improve water quality. Read more here.
The Spring 2018 Global Water Challenge, which kicks off in January, is open to 75 schools across the world, engaging a total of 160,000 students in water conservation and green leadership.
Interested in joining the Spring 2018 Water Challenge? Register your school here by January 1st, 2018.