OUC Partners with Orange County Public Schools to Raise Awareness about Water Conservation
ORLANDO - Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) and Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) recently celebrated artwork designed by 34 students as part of an annual effort to raise awareness about the importance of water conservation.
OUC launched the Water Color Project in 2006 as a way to teach future generations about conserving water. Each year, elementary, middle and high schools throughout the district participate in the educational and art program by learning how to conserve water and why it’s such a valuable resource. The students are then tasked with creating a piece of art to express what they have studied.
“It’s very gratifying to see the proud parents, teachers and other supporters when the children are recognized for their artistic achievements,” said Rob Teegarden, OUC’s Water Policy & Research Officer. “Art has a way of connecting a community – in this instance kids, educators and a cause – and the message of water conservation is one that everyone can get behind.”
Elementary students create art for OUC’s Water Conservation Calendar, which is distributed to the community. Middle and high school students paint rain barrels, which are auctioned off to OUC and OCPS employees. Proceeds go back to the winner’s school art program.
Winners were selected from the following schools:
- Acceleration East High School
- Discovery Middle School
- Lake Nona High School
- Maitland Middle School
- Winter Park High School
- Andover Elementary School
- Blankner School
- Endeavor Elementary School
- Hillcrest Elementary School
- Stone Lakes Elementary School
- Wyndham Lakes Elementary School
Photos of the artwork: 2018-2019 Water Color Project.
For more information about the Water Color Project, visit here.
About Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC – The Reliable One)
Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida and 14th largest municipal in the country. OUC provides electric, water, chilled water and/or lighting services to 400,000 customer accounts in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties.