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Free online water conservation course

The Importance of Online Education

A library of booksBeing an earth-conscious, environmentally-friendly individual takes a lot of research and work. Knowing when and how to save resources does not always come intuitively. Especially in our current circumstances, finding the time to save water, energy, or even recycle properly can seem overwhelming.


We want you to know that we hear you, we feel you, and we want to do our best to help. Part of our current goal here at Extension is to make sure accurate, science-based education is available to you at all times. That way, you can still be an active citizen in a world that is undeniably more difficult to navigate.

Water Conservation in Sarasota County

Glass of water on white backgroundOne offering that we will bring to you is self-paced, online education for little to no cost. To kick things off, we have our first course available now: Water Conservation in Sarasota County. This is a free course based on a collection of resources from the University of Florida. The course, which takes just under two hours, has narrated lectures that walk you through the science behind water conservation, the rules and regulations put in place to conserve water in our county, and what steps you can take to reduce your water use. Some of the topics include drinking water, rain sensors, detecting leaks, and saving water on irrigation.

To participate in our new online course…

Step 1: Sign up with your email using the following link:

Step 2: Check your email for instructions on how to access your Canvas dashboard.

Step 3: Be sure to fill out the surveys and complete the Water Conservation Pledge in order to earn a certificate of completion!

Water you waiting for? Sign up today – it’s free, chock full of valuable information, and a great place to start in your water conservation journey.

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2 Comments on “Free online water conservation course

  1. Thank you for writing about water conservation! I’m looking forward to talking this course! Water conservation at the individual level is great but we also need to work at the corporate level. Is there a water conservation survey or certification for corporations?

    • Hi, Marie! So glad to hear that you will be taking our course. We agree that water conservation is important for all levels. Our agent Randy has recently developed and released a Canvas course for businesses called Green Business Partnership Best Management Practices (BMPs). Though it does not have a strict focus on water conservation, it covers a large number of sustainable practices, including waste reduction and energy consumption. Businesses that successfully complete the course do get a certification! You can read the blog about it here and register for the course here.