• Care for Our Earth Grant Winners

       Water/Air Logo The Care for Our Earth Grants are designed for teachers interested in environmental instruction or service projects with their students. Projects must focus on the following subject areas: energy conservation, reducing air pollution, water supply and conservation, and recycling. The grants are sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District and the Santa Barbara County Water Agency.


    2020-2021 Winners:

    Donna Beal- Joe Nightingale School, Orcutt Union School District
    Reducing, Reusing and Recycling
    Students will do a Variety of projects to learn how to reduce, reuse and reycle materials to create artwork and projects.

    Sharon Gallagher Tashjian- Clarence Ruth School, Lompoc Unified School District
    TURN OFF D.E.M. WATERS, AGAIN...
    Students explore water waste, collect data and create awareness campaign to document water wasted while at home.

    Carolyn Hay- Los Berros School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Water is a Precious Resource
    Water keeps plants, animals, and humans alive. The students will learn the importance on how they can help to protect and preserve this precious resource.

    Sarah Macie- Fairlawn School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
    Air, Water & Land Pollution Research Project
    Students will take a virtual tour of one our National Parks and learn about climate change. The students will create a presentation that highlights the impact we can all make to reduce air pollution in our dally lives.

    Matt Makowetski- Maple High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Water Efficiency: the need to understand and protect it in the time of COVID 19
    This project will investigate pollution, water re-use and climate change as it pertains to water for human use and consumption in the time of COVID-19.

    Kelly McDonald- Solvang School, Solvang School District
    Hand Washing. Save Lives. Save Water.
    Students will learn proper hand washing techniques while using small amounts of water. The students will also create water conservation bookmarks and posters to share the information with others.

    Kelly Orwig- Cold Spring School, Cold Spring School District
    Vertical Tower Garden for Campus For Campus Food Forest
    The students plan to install four vertical food tower gardens to demonstrate how to maximize crop yield while using fewer resources.


    2019-2020 Winners:

    Kristin Anderson- Maple High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Scarcity: A Basic Problem: Wow You Save Your Resources to Meet Your Wants
    Students will incorporate the basic economic idea of scarcity to discuss ways they will help save water at school and in the community.

    Tracie Baughn- Dr. Bob Forinash Community Day School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Moments of Peace
    The Student of Dr. Bob Forinash will research, design, plant, and maintain an all-purpose, water-wise garden for the front of their school.

    Krista Beard- Hollister School, Goleta Union School District
    School Wide Single-Use Recycling Program
    Hollister student will participate in a school wide single-use plastics recycling program, aimed at reducing containers, utensils, straws and other, will reduce the amount of single use plastics in student lunches and in turn use less energy.

    Laura Branch- Ernest Righetti High School, Santa Maria Joint Union School District
    Saving Water-Native Gardens & Catchment Basins

    This Care for Our Earth project will design and build a catchment basin to use rainwater for the school’s native garden. Data collected from this project will be shared with Citizen Science projects.

    Krista Caniano- Lompoc Valley Middle High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Sustainable Lawn Care
    The students will conduct an experiment on what type of lawn or garden will save the most water. The students will create lawn and garden terrariums, the data collected from the terrariums will be used to write a proposal for how the school can save water.

    Paul Cleveland- Junior High School, Orcutt Union School District
    Saving More Water in the Garden
    This project will use wireless soil sensors to reduce watering in the school garden. The students will monitor moisture levels with an iPad app, using and understanding technology will lead to efficient practices.

    Lauren Dalton- Santa Inez Valley Charter School, College School District
    Grown to be Water
    Students will work in groups too study: the school’s water costs, analyze local weather/climate patterns, and research various plant groups. The intended outcome is for the garden to use less water while have more plant life.

    Marna Ford- Los Berros School, Lompoc Unified School District-
    Recycle and Reuse Beach Plastics
    After studying the impact of plastics in the ocean, student will travel to local beaches to pick up plastics. The students will recycle or reuse plastics in art projects.

    Robert Goettler- Marcos High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District-
    Global WORMing: Using vermicomposting to reduce climate Change
    Students will build a vermicomposting bin using a design developed and implemented by the local educational non-profit organization Explore Ecology. This type of composting reduces the overall carbon footprint of waste disposal.

    Antonetta Haggard- Taylor School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
    Let's Stop. Walk. Order
    The fifth-grade class will identify and pin food/beverage drive thrus within a five-mile radius from the school. Students will use Google for Education to create map layers. Data results will be used to estimate ozone output for one hour/day on drive thru versus indoor dinning.

    Chad Hartford- Fesler Junior High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
    Solar Cars

    Students will investigate the development and use of solar power. They will examine the sun’s role as a source of energy and explore how we rely on it and how it can be used to build “Solar Cars.”

    Jaclyn Hick- Fesler Junior High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
    Share Table

    Students will prevent food waste and cutting back on pollution on campus by collecting food that may be otherwise thrown away and place on the “Share Table” for donation to local homeless shelters and for students who are still hungry.

    Lori Leach- Los Berros School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Sustainable Gardening

    Learning about native plants and creating a worm composting bin will help support the health of the school’s garden. The students will use scraps and plant material to create compost, the compost will be added to the garden, which will reduce the need for water.

    Marlen Limon- Franklin Elementary School, Santa Barbara Unified School District 
    A Reusable Bottle at a Time

    Students will save energy by reducing the single use of plastics, by purchasing reusable water bottles and utilizing the refillable stations to refill the bottles.

    Lisa Lisle & Jenny Husak- Brandon School, Goleta Union School District 
    From Disposable to Durable: Don't Trash a Celebration or Snack

    Fifth grade classes at Brandon School will participate in Explore Ecology’s “Flows to the Ocean” they will conduct a study of the amount and types of litter at their school and design a plan to reduce the amount of waste by providing alternate solutions.

    Kristen Lohr & Margaret Lehr- Ontiveros School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District  
    Condor Scavengers

    “Condor Scavengers” teams made up of upper and lower grade “buddies” will “scavenge” the daily trash on campus and sort recyclable materials, which will be placed in “recycling” or “landfill” buckets. Recycling the materials on campus eliminates the need for district truck to clean up the trash on campus, while cutting on traffic and pollution.

    Matt Makowetski- Maple High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Water Efficiency: The Need to Understand and Protect It

    This project will encompass water use, water recycling and future needs in California through a historical and scientific lens while using research-based methodologies. Students will monitor, compile data write about the outcomes of measuring water use and rain water catchment on campus.

    Kelly McDonald- Solvang School, Solvang School District
    Terrarium Table
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    Students will learn about the adaptations of succulents, learn tips for water wise gardens and create a terrarium table that is a water saving garden.

    Ian Moore- Goleta Valley Junior High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    Water Wise School Garden

    The Garden Club and Science students will plan/design and plant garden plots with water-efficient irrigation systems with programmable valves to control water use.

    Jason Naczek- Santa Ynez Valley Charter School, College School District
    Reducing Runoff

    Water conservation is the theme for this project, rain barrels will be placed under gutter drainages to catch rainwater from rooftop runoff and the students will use the water to irrigate their school garden.

    Juanita Pasallo- Arthur Hapgood School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Conservation, Education, and Cultural Studies: Using Native Water Saving Plants in Our Monarch Butterfly Garden

    The students will use native nectaring plants and several types of milkweed to this region/state to help develop the Monarch Butterfly/pollinator garden. The planting of native plants helps with the conservation efforts for the Monarch Butterfly.

    Adam Pettit- Santa Ynez Valley Charter School, College School District
    Saving Energy Through Waste Reduction

    The students plan on saving energy and promote sustainability by reducing the amount of waste going into landfills by sorting items into recyclable bins and composting.

    Sharon Tashjian- Clarence Ruth School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Turn Off Dem Waters!

    Students will create an at home survey on determining the amount of water waste, once results have been tallied the students will create posters to raise awareness to turn off faucets and hoses at home.

    Ronnie Tow- Santa Ynez School, College School District
    Showering You with Savings!

    This project will help conserve water and savings, by replacing existing shower heads with low pressure heads. The students will record water usage on future bills and compare data to previous bills.

    Markie Wordley- Lompoc High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Water Conservation, Reclamation & You!

    Students will tour the local treatment plant to learn step-by-step wastewater treatment process. Students will learn the prospects and limitations of using reclaimed water and discuss greywater systems that can be implemented at home for landscaping purposes.


    2018-2019 Winners:

    Grace Barton, & Linda Martinson- La Cañada School, Lompoc Unified School District
    The Water Smart Pollinator Garden
    The students of La Cañada School will plant a pollinator garden using native and drought tolerant plants.

    Donna Beal- Joe Nightingale School, Orcutt Union School District
    The TK Flower Patch

    Students will learn the importance of saving water by drought tolerant plants.

    Michelle Berry- Mary Buren School, Guadalupe Union School District
    To the Farm

    Mary Buren students will about local framing practices, specifically organically grown and pesticide free environments.

    Grace Butler- Santa Barbara Charter School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    Imagine Biking

    Students will participate in two bicycle art inspired lessons. The students will be asked to consider a green action related to bike riding.

    Marie Chavis- Jonata Middle School, Buellton Union School District
    Mitigating Climate Change

    Jonata Middle School will analyze electric and water bills as well as conduct on campus audits to develop smart goals to reduce usage.

    Jennifer Cline- Oak Valley School, Buellton Union School District
    Oak Valley Garden composting Program

    Student will expand their knowledge and understanding of the importance of composting.

    Paul Cleveland- Lakeview Junior High School, Orcutt Union School District
    Saving Water in the Garden

    The Junior High students at Lakeview will take part in reducing water in their school garden by learning how to use soil moisture sensors.

    Lisa Cooper- Joe Nightingale School, Orcutt Union School District
    School Garden Worms 101

    Compost left-overs from Joe Nightingale cafeteria will be placed into the red-worm bin which will turn the left-overs into amazing, rich soil for the school garden.

    Katherin Dickson- Maple High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Irrigation with Intention

    This project is planning to conserve water by using a soil moisture tensiometer and weather station to best target irrigation sets.

    Jessica French- Rice Elementary School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
    Garden Watering Materials + Shed Art

    Students will avoid wasteful or excessive water pressure on soil or delicate plants by using quality water cans that allow the water to break up the stream of water into droplets.

    Jean Gradias- Cold Spring School, Cold Spring School District
    Native Garden Ledership Team

    The Cold Spring Native Garden Leadership Team will work on reducing the water consumption on campus, as well as beautify the school, all while learning about local ecosystems and habitats.

    Rob Hill- Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District
    Waterless Detailing

    A car wash uses approximately 70-100 gallons per washing, the students will learn about water conservation by using water-less products, to achieve the same results, and save thousands of gallons of water per year.

    Riccardo Magni- Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
    Power Exploration

    By using Kill-A-Watt devices in their homes the students will be able to measure the usage of certain items (electrical) that is used daily. The students will compare their results with their classmates and figure out how to measure the energy that they save.

    Madison Maple- Carpinteria Family School, Carpinteria Unified School District
    Compost Bin Dividers for Our Teaching Garden and Outdoor Classroom

    The Kinder and First grade classes of Family School will build a compost bin with three separate dividers for composting and will incorporate water wise succulents in order to keep water in the composting system, without needing extra water for decorative plants.

    Linda Mayer- Santa Ynez Valley Charter School, College District
    Wise Watering School Gardens

    Students will become more water wise by understanding that planting native plants will use less water than non-native plants. Different types of irrigation will be taught for water conservation at home and in the school garden.

    Kelly McDonald- Solvang School, Solvang School District
    Savy Succulents

    Solvang School student will learn techniques for creating a water wise garden by creating a drought tolerant garden. They will also learn about the adaptations of succulents and create succulent terrariums.

    Lydia Morrow- Buena Vista Elementary School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Second Grade Environmentalists

    Buena Vista students will be taught mini lessons on water conservation and work together in groups to brainstorm/research ways to conserve water.

    Patty Ortiz- Joe Nightingale School, Orcutt Union School District
    Reduce, Reuse, and Recyclling in TK

    The students will learn about recyclable items by visiting the Santa Maria Discovery Museum, to explore hands on activities on recycling in their community.

    Jan Silk- Carpinteria Family School, Carpinteria Unified School District
    Harvesting Fog in Our Teaching Garden

    The students will build and research through observation & discovery on how to use fog harvesting as a viable technology to catch water sustainably in order to care for and hydrate their garden.

    Ann Silva- Adams Elementary School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    Worm Bin-Recycle Food

    The worm bin will allow the students to learn and explore the benefits of composting their food waste, and how the composting will provide healthy soil.

    Suzanne Squires- Los Olivos Elementary School, Los Olivos School District 
    A Day At The Beach

    This project focuses on ocean ecosystems and how these systems are affected by four human endured problems: mircoplastics, oil spills, ocean temperature change and ocean acidification. Students will explore four activities on these topics and create their own experiment. After participation students will have a deeper understanding of their impact on the environment.

    Markie Wordley- Lompoc High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Water Conservation,Reclamation, and You!

    Students will visit the city water-waste treatment plant, learn about water reclamation/conservation and apply these principles to native landscape design.

    Greg Waggoner- Battles Elementary School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
    Let's Save Our Drinking Water!!

    Students will learn about various water sources and how water is treated to make it safe for drinking.

    Jessica Zavala- Kellogg Elementary School, Goleta Union School District
    Bees Trees and Seas
    Kellogg Elementary an Ocean Guardian School will learn how the seemingly unrelated influence of bees, planting trees and seas are interconnected and that they have a symbiotic relationship. The lessons will taught via hands on artistic lessons.


    2017-2018 Winners:

    Brianna Balch, Krista Munizich, Sylvia Figueroa, and Caryn Parker- Canalino School, Carpinteria Unified School District
    Conserving Local Ecosystems

    The first-grade students of Canalino School will connect to their local natural environment which will help teach and inspire conservation.

    Anne Cordero-Rabe- Brandon School, Goleta Union School District
    Saving Water and Taking Care of Our Garden

    Students will learn the importance of saving water by using a rainwater collection system and using the collected water to maintain the classroom garden.

    Barbara Courain- Vandenberg Middle School, Lompoc Unified School District
    A Beautiful Conservation

    The goal of this project is for AVID 8 students to learn and research how drought tolerant plants are beneficial to the central coast in the context of a larger environmental unit.

    Maci Farmer- La Patera Elementary School, Goleta Union School District 
    Explore Ecology Field Trip

    Students will go on a field trip to the local watershed to learn how to protect them. They will learn about water pollution, the effects of plastic debris on aquatic systems and solutions to pollution.

    Jessica French- Rice ElementarySchool, Santa Maria-Bonita School District 
    School Garden Composting

    Students will recycle food waste and create good soil for their on site edible garden.

    Carlos Gonzalez- Oak Valley School, Buellton Union School District
    Oak Valley Elementary School Garden-Compost Demonstration Project

    Oak Valley Elementary School Garden will build and install a compost bin in their school garden to educate the students on how to reduce waste, enrich the soil, and contribute to their garden.

    Jean Gradias- Cold Spring School, Cold Spring School District
    Solar Greenhouse

    Cold Spring Elementary will link the school weather station to Weather Underground in order to program a Raspberry Pi 3 to run solar-powered fans/venting system to regulate temperatures in the student-run greenhouse.

    Briana Graziano- El Camino School, Goleta Union School District
    Reusable Utensil Initiative

    The students will track the amount of disposable waste they generate at school for one week. The students will implement the use of reusable utensil and compare the amount of waste.

    Megan Heffernan- Peabody Charter School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    You Reap What You Sow: Sustainable Gardening

    This project will allow for students to revitalize a discarded tower garden into a functioning hyroponic gardening system, which will allow for learning about sustainable gardening and consuming.

    Rebecca Ingrahm- Maple High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Mindfulness Garden and Water Catchment System

    The students will start a garden and demonstration site for water catchment from the school building roofs. The students will learn about water usage and tools to monitor usage.

    Jennifer Kerr- Mary Buren School, Guadalupe Union School District
    Solar Power and Alternative Energy

    Students will explore the power of the sun and alternative energy with seven hands-on experiments.

    Misha Lewis- Cold Spring School, Cold Spring School District
    Lunch to garden-School Compost Program
    Cold Spring Green Team will educate and inspire their fellow students to send their lunch and snack scraps to the school garden for composting.

    Kristen Lohr-Taylor School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
    Turning ‘Go’ Power into ‘Glow’ Power

    Third grade students will participate in “The 100 Mile Club” with their “buddies” they will track and calculate how their energy can be equated to electrical power.

    Kelly McDonald-Solvang School, Solvang School District
    Water Saving Ecosystem
    Students will learn about plants that save water through a classroom succulent hydroponics fish ecosystem.

    Karina Michel- Jimenez Elementary School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
    Kinder-Garden
    The students will learn the importance of conserving water by exploring and using rainwater catchment.

    Robert Morey- Cabrillo High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Recycled Materials Concrete Bench for Campus Water Wise Garden

    Students from Cabrillo High will use recycled materials from local beaches and waterways to build a concrete bench to be placed in one of the campus gardens.

    Patty Ortiz- Joe Nightingale School, Orcutt Union School District
    Reduce, Reuse, and Recycling in TK

    The students will learn the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling materials and how this helps to conserve natural resources and learn simple ways to divert the amount of trash sent to landfills.

    Robin Palmerston- Family Partnership Charter School, Blochman Union School District
    Creating a Succulent Garden
    Creating and cultivating a succulent garden in the Kindergarten and First Grade outdoor classroom space will provide students with ways to learn about plants, the needs of plants, and how to carefully utilize water for their growth.

    Alberto Panchi- Cuyama Valley High School, Cuyama Joint Unified School District
    The Life of a Tree
    CVHS students will plant trees to study the growth and collect data to be used in the creation of linear equations using the variables of growth (ht) and time (age).

    Lynn Seigel-Boettner- Vieja Valley School, Hope School District
    Catching the Rain
    The students will install rainwater harvesting systems, plus rain barrel diverters to catch rainwater to be used for the classroom garden.

    Denise Sewell- Fesler Junior High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
    Earth First Crew School Garden

    In this project reclaimed water will be used to create a school garden to grow vegetables to be used for lunches and to donate to the Food Bank.

    Julie Shamblin- Carpinteria High School, Carpinteria Unified School District
    Drop Stop

    Drop Stop will tie into the Virtual Enterprise company, which educates on the importance of water, conservation and how to save water in your daily routine.

    Annette Shimamura- Santa Ynez School, College School District
    Saving Energy

    This project will look at ways to conserve energy when computers are charging on a computer cart.

    Jan Silk- Carpinteria Family School, Carpinteria Unified School District   
    Restoring Santa Cruz Island’s Habitat & Learning How to Protect It
    Students will travel to Santa Cruz Island to complete a service project of restoring the natural drought tolerant plant habitat of the island fox and it’s community.

    Stacey Thielst- Vista de las Cruces School, Vista del Mar Union School District
    Cover that Soil
    The goal of this project is save water by improving the soil structure by planting cover crops and adding mulch where there is bare dirt.

    Valerie Trenev- Alice Shaw School, Orcutt Union School District
    Bee Healthy
    Students will install a hydration station to use refillable water bottles and hydrate with healthy, clean filtered water, there by reducing plastic bottle use.

    Markie Wordley- Lompoc High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Water Conservation, Reclamation, and You!

    By visting the local Wastewater Treatment Plant students will learn about water reclamation, water conservation, and apply the principles to native landscape design.


    2016-2017 Winners:

    Lela Alcocer- Oakley School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
    Every Drop Helps

    The goal of this project is for students to brainstorm and develops ways to conserve water.

    Tim Barker- Hope School, Hope School District
    Hydroponic Garden Towers

    Students will learn about sustainability, water conservation and many other science standards using hydroponic technology.

    Michelle Brunkhurst, Lovenneea Marchetti, Terri O’Donnell- Roosevelt Elementary School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    2nd Grade Deep Root Watering

    2nd graders at Roosevelt Elementary School will learn how deep root watering cuts water waste while promoting a strong, deep root system for native plants.

    LoriLee Collins-Carpinteria Family School, Carpinteria Unified School District
    Carp Kids Community Bike Club

    Carpinteria Family School and Canalino School will create a co-operative community building after school bike club. The students will develop bike safety skills, teach bike maintenance, as well as educate the community.

    Barbara Courain- Vandenberg Middle School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Vandenberg Middle Goes Green-Everyone Recycles

    The students at Vandenberg Middle School will begin a recycling program, to educate their peers on the importance of recycling. Each classroom will be provided with a recycling bin which will be collected by the AVID students each week.

    Stephen Criley- Cleveland Elementary School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    Save the Sea from Marine Debris

    Cleveland students will Save the Sea from Marine debris by removing trash before it becomes wind born. The students will provide all classrooms with buckets and tongs to provide on-going playground trash abatement.

    Kelly Davis- Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
    Sharing Space, Saving Energy

    This project will save energy by sharing space. The students will research energy usage of different types and sizes of refrigerators and compile data on how much energy can be saved by sharing refrigerator space rather than using individual refrigerators.

    Christine Edwards- Oak Valley School, Buellton Union School District
    Garden Based Learning-From Small Acorns Great Oaks Grow

    Renovating the Community Garden with new planter boxes will allow for wider pathways, wheelchair accessibility, and allow teachers, students, and families a deep, hands on connection to the food cycle, sustainable agriculture, and the natural environment.

    Ty Fredriks- Orcutt Academy High School, Orcutt Union School District
    Understanding Electricity Conservation

    The students will begin the process of understanding how electricity is generated, so that they will understand how to effectively utilize energy resources.

    Sonia Galvez- Delta High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
    Water-Saving Shower Routine

    Students will plan an efficient shower routine to use less water by using five-minute shower timers. The students will teacher their families and friends how to be responsible water stewards.

    Rob Goettler- San Marcos High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    Just Dew It: Collecting Morning Roof Runoff to Support Pollinators

    San Marcos student will design and build a system to collect dew-water runoff, which occurs in the morning hours, and will use the water to maintain a pollinator garden.

    Chad Hartford- Fesler Junior High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
    Solar Cars

    The goal of this project is provide the students with the opportunity to build solar cars. The students will investigate the development and use of solar power, by examining the role of the sun as a source of energy.

    Sarah Hebert- El Camino Junior High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
    Agents of Positive Change: Making the World a Better Place
    Students will research various environmental and social conflicts and propose a solution for positive change that will help resolve the conflict. The outcome is for students to become more environmentally and socially conscious citizens.

    Terri Ingram- Dos Pueblos High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    Tube to table! Hydroponics happening from tube to table keeping it local, very local from start to finish
    Hydroponics will be used to grow fresh organic herbs and vegetables in a “Foody Tower.” The hydroponics method allows for conserving water by using up to 90% less. The greens grown will be used in the student run café, and the students will gain a sense of ownership and pride.

    Brian Malcheski- Open Alternative School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    Water World

    Students will learn about Earth’s water cycle and how the distributions and availability of fresh water affects life on Earth. A field trip will allow for learning experiences about natural and manmade water systems and engage in hand on experiences.

    Linda Mayer-Santa Ynez Charter School, College School District
    Pedal Power

    The students of SYC School will design and learn about the mechanics, mathematics and building of a bike-powered blender to be used in the outdoor garden, kitchen, and nature center. Students will use their own energy to power the bike blender to make veggie and fruit smoothies.

    Kelly McDonald- Solvang School, Solvang School District
    Drought Tolerant Garden

    Student will learn about drought tolerant plants and the benefits of saving water while finding ways to make gardens beautiful.

    Juan Sanchez- Delta High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
    Drought Tolerant Plants

    Students will appreciate the water saving tips of planting drought tolerant succulents and propagating the plants to share with their communities.

    Keri Santos-Vista de las Cruces School, Vista del Mar Union School District
    Reduce & Reuse

    The goal of this project is to see how many plastic water bottles and water can by saved the end of the school year, by using a water bottle filling station, which will track the number of plastic bottles it has saved.

    Jan Silk- Carpinteria Family School, Carpinteria Unified School District
    Walking & Riding Our Way to a Healthier Community

    By using alternative forms of transportation, such as walking, hiking, and electric shuttle the students will learn that they able to take care of their health as well as taking care of their local community and environment, while making it fun!

    Carol Stein & Judy Cosio- Monroe Elementary School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
    Importance of Water Awareness/Domestic Water Conservation
    This project will work on making students aware of the drought and need to conserve water. The students will initiate a water conservation plan at home and also do a science investigation to determine which plants are drought tolerant and why.

    Ronnie Tow- Santa Ynez School, College School District
    Killing the Kilowatt Hours!

    Students will work to lower their home energy bill by using energy saving tip and charting kilowatt-hours being used in the home. The students will share the tips with family members with the hope of encouraging them to conserve energy as well.

    Markie Wordley- Lompoc High School, Lompoc Unified School District
    Water Conservation, Reclamation, and You!

    In this project the students will visit the city Wastewater Treat Plant, learn about reclaiming water/water conservation, and apply these principals to landscape design.