Teaching Conservation with the Water Footprint Calculator

Teaching Conservation with the Water Footprint Calculator

These water conservation activities let teachers and other educators help their students learn about direct and virtual water use. Students get information about how water is used in agriculture, energy production and all the household goods we use in our lives. A collection of tools, tips and water-related lesson plans are designed to help students understand how they use water throughout their day and how their activities impact the environment.

Water Tools, Tips and Activities.

Below is a selection of our tools and resources that can supplement your classroom water conservation activities. Please note that with the exception of the Aqua video and materials, our resources are best suited for middle school, high school and college students.

Water Footprint Calculator
Learn how much water you use every day: not just the water that comes out of the tap, but also the water it takes to make the food you eat, the energy you use and the products you buy. Find our your water footprint!

Downloadable Materials
Our promotional page has lots of downloadable materials to hang on your bulletin board, like our postcard and posters. You’ll also find a one-page description, a link to our methodology and sample text for use on your social media accounts.

Tips to Show You How to Save Water
Over 100 ideas for how you can reduce your water use and cut back on waste. Learn more about how to save water.

Water Use Issue Pages
Our issue pages provide in-depth information about how we use water directly, both inside and outside the home, and “virtually” through our food, energy and consumption choices. Learn more about how you use water.

The Nexus: How Are the Food, Water and Energy Connected?
We provide resources such as the Meet the Nexus guide (PDF) shows you how everyday food, water and energy decisions are interconnected. You’ll find simple choices you can make to use food, water and energy more sustainably.

Aqua: A Video for Kids
Our K-4 video, comic book, coloring book and posters show how kids and their families can conserve water. Watch the video, and download free comic books, coloring books and posters.

Water Lesson Plans

Looking for water conservation lesson plans and other resources in your classroom?

Students take the Water Footprint Calculator, compare water footprints and discuss how they can reduce their water use.

Teachers use our free, downloadable middle and high school water conservation lesson plans to help students understand their water use.

Students choose three water saving tips and are challenged to implement them for one week, then discuss how they did.

Students read the following posts and report, then discuss concepts like water footprints, feed conversion ratios and industrial vs. pastured production methods.

Teachers use the water use issue pages to lead a discussion about where water is used the most (virtual water) in food, energy and household products. Students discuss personal consumption and purchases.

Students share the Water Footprint Calculator with their social media networks and challenge their friends and families to lower their water footprints. We suggest the following hashtags: #savewater #h2omg

Students read the following posts about “algal blooms,” and discuss some of the unexpected food and water connections they learned about.