University of Rhode Island Foundation
on behalf of the
URI Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

$100,000 | 3 years

Support for a project that will work to bridge the gap between macro-scale climate change science and drinking water system development for communities worldwide by developing an innovative Community Climate Change Strategy (CCCS) to design sustainable water systems for climate change adaptation and mitigation. This project will also improve the effectiveness of the CCCS by implementing a climate-ready drinking water system for a newly constructed school in Cumayasa, Dominican Republic.

Track 1

University of Florida Foundation, FL - $5,384
Residential Irrigation Audit Manuals for Water Conservation Educators

Support for the development of home irrigation system audit manuals, which will be used to provide expert-level training to University of Florida Extension agents. Trained agents will offer customized conservation-based irrigation education to thousands of homeowners state-wide every year, saving the state millions of gallons of water.

The Ocean Foundation/Ocean Connectors, National City, CA - $5,000
Ocean Connectors Habitat Restoration Program at Otay River

Integrated STEAM approach that engages 6th grade students through interactive classroom presentations, environmental research, habitat restoration field trips, collaborative problem solving, and student-led design sessions with the goal of raising community awareness of water use, reliability, and scarcity.

Jamestown Education Foundation, Jamestown, RI - $6,116
Think-Shape-Grow Water Solutions

Support for 3rd grade students to study a community where all fresh water comes from precipitation. Students will plan, investigate (sampling, interviews, GIS mapping), compare local data to communities, and propose solutions. The culmination of the project will be a digital and paperback curriculum ("TSG: Water Scarcity Educational Resource Book") published and available on Amazon.com and offered free as a downloadable PDF from the TSG Twitter site and Woodard & Curran Foundation's website.


previous recipients

$15,000 grant to the Mount Washington Observatory, North Conway, NH to upgrade and expand the Mesonet Weather Station network of remote stations in and around the White Mountains that continuously collect weather data.

$9,500 grant to Conscience Point Shellfish Hatchery, Southampton, NY in support of sustainable aquaculture.

$9,200 grant to Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, Maryland Heights, MO to add 350, 6- to 8-ft. tall trees to their nursery where each year, thousands of trees are given away to groups for public and nonprofit planting.

$6,300 grant to the Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association, St. Charles, IL to expand classroom outreach supporting its Water Saver in a Box Classroom Toolbox. 

$10,000 grant to Emory University's Urban Health Initiative, Atlanta, GA, for expansion of its education outreach program at its Super Giant Community Garden promoting sustainable practices.

$5,000 grant to Pittsburgh Green Innovators, Pittsburgh, PA, for a new rain garden in an urban neighborhood educating the community and students about healthy watersheds and water quality.

$2,500 grant to the New York School for the Deaf, Westchester, NY, for a greenhouse to provide a year-round living classroom and expand the growing season in support of the Westchester Food Bank.

$2,500 grant to Recycle-A-Bike, Providence, RI, for scholarships to Build-A-Bike classes, where attendees divert non-working bikes from the waste stream by recycling parts and building one bike for themselves and a second for donation.

$2500 grant to Bangor Land Trust, Bangor, ME, for trail improvements, informational kiosks, and improved trail signage.

$3100 grant to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders for its rainwater-harvesting project in Guatemala.

$4400 grant to New Hampshire Audubon, Concord, NH, to establish an Environmental Education Outreach Program in Manchester, NH elementary schools.

$2500 grant to Mill City Grows of Lowell, MA, supporting its work to create opportunities for low-income residents to grow fresh fruits and vegetables at urban neighborhood gardens.

$5000 grant to Agua Clara Cornell, Ithaca, NY, in support of students and faculty work to research, invent, and design electricity-free, municipal-scale water treatment plants.

$5000 grant to the University of Maine Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders for its project to improve sewage treatment and disposal in Dulce Vivir, Honduras.