Grants of $10,000 are awarded for research and development on the implementation of water-use efficiency technology, policy research and communication strategies that can be cost-effectively implemented in Southern California and internationally, including developing nations.
In accordance with the 2002 UN World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, "…proposals should improve efficient use of water resources…while preserving or restoring ecological integrity, with human domestic or industrial and agricultural needs."
College teams must provide the following:
- Design a project, rendering or prototype with a local or global focus of either:
- An applied research concept (i.e., local watersheds);
- An efficient water-use technology or process; or
- A communications strategy.
- Develop a business plan for implementation that includes:
- A budget
- An environmental, financial, societal and public policy implementation of the proposed concept, technology or process
- An estimate of project benefits
- Complete a final report that provides:
- A summary of research and outcomes
- Qualitative and quantitative benefits
- Evidence that the project could become fully sustainable