New tool boosts communities’ energy and water literacy

Itron and US utility CPS Energy have expanded their collaboration to improve energy-water literacy.

The two have launched an online platform Smart Energy Education to educate communities and inspire the next generation talent pipeline.

The online tool will provide interactive educational resources and materials to advance sustainability awareness and education for K-12 Students and communities.

The main aim is to help boost energy and water conservation.

The online tool will use existing programmes including the Resourcefulness: An Introduction to the Energy-Water Nexus STEM curriculum and include new programmes such as the Watt Watchers of Texas programme.

The curriculum will also be available in Spanish to reach out to communities in the San Antonio region and beyond.

Marina Donovan, Itron’s vice president of global marketing and public affairs, said: “CPS Energy is an industry leader that shares Itron’s passion for educating communities about resourcefulness.

“This is a local initiative that can be leveraged globally and is being made available by our ongoing commitment to invest in education and corporate social responsibility programs and initiatives that promote the resourceful use of energy and water.”

Rudy Garza, Chief Customer Engagement Officer for CPS Energy, adds: “San Antonio is the seventh-largest city in the United States, which makes our community the perfect place to launch a programme with interactive learning materials that encourage our next generation to be resourceful. Our goal is to demonstrate how Smart Energy Education can not only foster community engagement but also inspire children to implement energy-saving practices into their everyday life starting at a young age.”

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