Students at Luther Burbank, John Muir and Jordan middle schools in Burbank, Calif., spent the month of February learning about the importance of water and energy conservation by participating in the LivingWise program funded by Burbank Water and Power (BWP). Twenty Burbank middle school science teachers lead nearly 1,200 sixth grade students through a blend of teacher-designed classroom activities and hands-on home projects that comprise the LivingWise class curriculum.
The BWP-sponsored LivingWise program provides middle schools with efficiency and educational LivingWise kits for each student. The kit contains water and energy saving tools and products designed to teach students about energy and water sustainability. Each kit contains a low-flow showerhead, a low-flow kitchen faucet aerator, toilet leak detector tablets, a compact fluorescent light bulb and additional energy saving educational material. With the help of their parents, students install the products at home and help the entire family understand how to preserve water and energy resources.
BWP and the Burbank Unified School District have partnered on this educational program since 2007. Teachers appreciate the LivingWise program as it brings to life California’s required environmental educational standards for sixth grade students. The program also includes a friendly competition between the science classes to see which classes have the highest installation rates. BWP provides gift cards for classroom supplies to the first-, second- and third-placed classes at each school, with first-placed classrooms receiving $250 in supplies.