Transporting and heating water uses a surprising amount of energy. Additionally, not all water is used efficiently, or sustainably, and can be wasted. By conserving water, and creating sustainable water systems, we can reduce energy usage while also using our water resources more efficiently. The following projects are all focused on addressing water sustainability within their local or school community.

Educational Materials on Ocean Ecosystems

Community Impact Project Leads – Kaitlyn Menjivar-Esquivel (Terra Nova High School)

Project Description: This project invovled the creation of an educational brochure on the marine life and coastal environment in Pacifica, CA. The brochure also shared ways to take care of the environment and how to keep it safe and clean for wildlife and is planned to be distributed on walking paths near the coast. Learn more about Kaitlyn’s project below.

Read Kaitlyn’s Case Study

Carlmont High School Rain Barrel Project + Art Competition

Community Impact Project Leads – Connie Gong, John Cinque, Jessica Liu, and Michael Chong (Carlmont High School)

Project Description: For this project, students planned to install rain barrels at Carlmont High School. Additionally, they hosted an art contest open to first through sixth graders across the county to promote education in youth about the water cycle and water conservation. Learn more about the team and their projects below.

Read Connie’s Case Study to learn more about the art contest
Read John’s Case Study
Read Jessica’s Case Study
Read Michael’s Case Study

To learn more about the team, the art contest, and the rain barrel project, please visit this website!

Installing Rain Barrel for School Garden

Community Impact Project Leads – Olivia Ciaravino & Syna Mehra (Crystal Springs Uplands High School)

Project Description: This project installed a rain barrel in the Crystal Springs Uplands School garden. Water captured in the rain barrel will be used to water the vegetable garden on campus. The project also included a social media campaign, using both their green team club’s Instagram and their school newspaper to spread awareness about water sustainability at Crystal Springs Uplands High School. Learn more about this project below.

Read Olivia’s Case Study
Read Syna’s Case Study

Rain Barrels at Mills High School

Community Impact Project Leads – Janice Yung, Kylie Chan, and Maram Ahmed (Mills High School)

Project Description: For this project, Janice, Kylie and Maram developed a proposal for installing rain barrels to harvest rainwater on their school campus (Mills High School). They also created a campaign throughout to educate students and faculty about the importance of this project and the positive impact rain barrels will have on local water resources. Read more about this project below.

Read Janice’s Case Study
Read Kylie’s Case Study
Read Maram’s Case Study

Water Sustainability Awareness Campaign

Community Impact Project Leads – Jackie Nassiri (Menlo Atherton High School) & Georgie Rauls (Carlmont High School)

Project Description: For this project, Jackie and Georgie sought out to educate the public about water sustainability. This group did that by creating multiple social media platforms to reach out to Bay Area locals. It also included a plan and implementation of educating people on water sustainability and how to improve their water conservation in everyday life. Learn more about this project below.

Read Jackie’s Case Study
Read Georgie’s Case Study

Backyard Trash Bash

Community Impact Project Leads – Anahita Asudani (The Nueva School)

Project Description: For this project, Anahita created a call to action which encouraged folks to engage in trash clean up in local waterways. Through her “Backyard Trash Bash”, Anahita educated others about the importance of picking up waste from our natural spaces and how our trash negatively impacts local water systems. For more information, please visit backyardtrashbash.weebly.com. Read more about this project below.

Read Anahita’s Case Study


YCA Water Community Projects

Art Contest Outreach Flyer
Rain Barrel Installation
Rain Barrel Site At Mills
Water Art Contest Winner 1
Rain Barrel At School
Rain barrel installation
Water Art Contest Winner 2
Water Art Contest
Yca Water 4
Yca Water 2
Energy efficient sink
Yca Water 3
Yca Water
Student Climate Change Survey