Company supports mobile classroom initiative to provide water education as part of mission to “solve water”
Xylem Inc. announced its support of a water education program that reflects the company’s commitment to solve water worldwide. Part of Xylem’s mission to think globally and act locally, the initiative will focus on educating young people about the economic, environmental, recreational and cultural importance of the nation’s water resources. The program seeks to encourage and enable tomorrow’s decision makers to participate in sustaining water sources and respond to continuing threats facing the world’s water supplies.
As part of the company’s latest initiative, YSI, a Xylem brand that develops and manufactures sensors, instruments, software and data collection platforms for environmental and coastal water quality monitoring and testing, has collaborated with the University of Dayton in Ohio to fund the development of the Rivermobile, a mobile classroom with interactive, museum-quality exhibits about the Dayton region’s rivers and the importance of water quality. The initiative reflects Xylem’s dedication to ‘solve water’ and will provide young people with the necessary knowledge, skills, network and commitment to become involved in water protection from local to global levels.
Students from the University of Dayton’s Rivers Institute, known as River Stewards, hope that the Rivermobile will teach thousands of school students about the region’s water resources. The Rivermobile will bring the river to middle and high schools as well as major community festivals from December 2012. The mobile classroom’s interactive learning zones cover the history of Dayton’s rivers; aquifers and local-global water cycle; the life in and around the rivers; and the future of Dayton.
“The initiative reflects Xylem’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and water quality worldwide by helping to educate young people on the need to act now to secure a sustainable future”, said Ron Geis, vice president for Xylem Analytics and general manager of YSI. “By teaching young people about the importance of clean water to our physical, social and economic well-being, we are helping to create a new generation of environmental stewards.”