About the Water and Energy Education Program

The Water and Energy Education Program at Sonoma Water helps students and educators learn about the vital role of water and energy in Sonoma, Mendocino, and Marin counties. As a publicly funded program, we provide free classroom visits, field trips, contests, grants, teacher workshops, school supplies, and more to schools in our service area. We increase environmental awareness and stewardship through scientific inquiry and hands-on, experiential education.

For general questions, please email us at WaterEd@scwa.ca.gov

Water and Energy Education Program Values

Public Service. We strive to increase awareness of the role public utilities have in creating and maintaining systems that provide essential services like water and electricity, while protecting and conserving natural resources for the public good and future generations. 

Stewardship. We inspire teachers and students to get involved in solutions to problems in their community with respect to the environment and human health. 

Science Literacy. We connect learners to natural phenomena and science around them to inspire curiosity, engage in thoughtful, evidence-supported discussion, and promote science-based decision making. 

Equity. We serve the diverse needs of all students in our programs. We hold justice, equity, and anti-oppression as guiding principles in our work.

Emotional Learning. Our programs and teaching practices support student’s social and emotional development.

Collaboration. We show up for each other and bring our authentic selves to work toward common goals with equal parts humility, mutual respect, and ambition.

Continuous Improvement. We create a culture of self-reflection, professional development, and establish channels for professional and peer feedback.

Professionalism. We present ourselves in the workplace, classroom, and in the field with professional communication skills, attire, and attitudes.

 Our water and energy education programs are FREE thanks to funding from these partners:

Sonoma Water manages and maintains a water transmission system that provides naturally filtered Russian River water to nine cities and special districts that in turn deliver drinking water to more than 600,000 residents in portions of Sonoma and Marin counties. Sonoma Water also manages eight sanitation zones and districts in Sonoma County and provides regional flood protection and environmental services.

The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership represents 13 water utilities in Sonoma and Marin counties that have joined together to provide regional solutions for water use efficiency. The Partnership identifies and recommends the implementation of water use efficiency projects and maximizes the cost-effectiveness of local water use efficiency programs to bring more services to residents.

Established in 2014, Sonoma Clean Power is a not-for-profit, public agency that generates electricity in Sonoma and Mendocino counties from cleaner sources with lower emissions. Renewable energy sources include wind, solar, hydropower, and geothermal power. Electricity is delivered to the community through PG&E’s pre-existing infrastructure and costs roughly the same as PG&E’s electricity services.

The Russian River Watershed Association is a coalition of ten cities, counties, and special districts in the Russian River watershed that have come together to coordinate regional programs for clean water, habitat restoration, and watershed enhancement. RRWA was formed in 2003 to create opportunities for member agencies to expand their stewardship role in the watershed.

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