Identify locally-specific or culturally-specific needs or problems related to water conservation and quality. These may not be what an expert would typically expect due to unique cultural or situational needs. For example, in a person-to-person outreach initiative about toxic substances in fish, African-Americans were most interested in risks to their health from eating contaminated fish. Caucasians were most interested in the levels of contamination in the fish. Continue reading →
For watershed management decison-making on tribal lands
- Encourage partnerships and collaboration between US or state government natural resource professionals and tribal land managers.
- Integrate scientific knowledge with Indigenous tradition results.
To build capacity among urban schools to deliver water education effectively and with a community-based focus, provide:
- A nationally tested curriculum linked to national and state academic standards
- Training workshops for local partner, volunteer, and expert networks
- Training and support for teachers, volunteers and community leaders
- Service learning opportunities
- Program evaluation procedures.
- Encourage student-led projects
With Latino youth programs, use place-based pedagogies so that the education of citizens might have direct bearing on the well-being of the social and ecological places people actually inhabit.
- Allow participants to apply their learning to a wide variety of home, neighborhood and community situations.
Evaluate program success by following up with household to check if problems have been corrected. Continue reading →
Carry out education outreach initiatives through community-based organizations that already have a relationship with the target audience. Continue reading →
Identify specific education needs, for example the percent of households with drinking water that does not meet public health standards. Continue reading →
Tailor drinking water education materials to the learning style, educational level and potential vision problems of a relatively uneducated, elderly audience. Continue reading →
Field test new education materials with a lead community-based organization. Continue reading →
Generate local information and use it as the basis for local public education programs. Continue reading →