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The Alameda County Water District (ACWD) has developed numerous partnerships over the years to help maximize implementation of its demand management program. Partnerships provide cost-sharing, marketing and program administration benefits and include coordination with water agencies, cities, schools and other organizations. ACWD is always looking for additional partnerships opportunities. ACWD's current partnership programs are summarized below and additional information about these programs is provided within the program description section.

LEAF (Local Ecology & Agriculture Fremont) – ACWD is a supporter of LEAF's California Nursery Historic Park site project and partners with LEAF to host Water Efficient Gardening Workshops at that location.  At these workshops, attendees can learn about water-efficient garden tips and ACWD’s conservation programs.

StopWaste/ReScape California (formerly the Bay-Friendly Landscaping & Gardening Coalition) – ACWD  partners with  the Alameda County  Waste  Management  Authorities’ StopWaste  Program  and  ReScape California  on  several  programs, including  resource-efficient landscape  contractor  qualification  training,  "Lawn  to  Garden"  parties  (converting  turf  to  low water  use  plants using sheet mulching), and co-promotion of turf removal programs. ACWD's Drought Tolerant Garden  is a Bay-Friendly  certified  garden,  a  designation  given  to  gardens  that  employ  the  seven  Bay-Friendly Gardening Principles, which include: landscape locally, landscape for less to the landfill, nurture the soil, conserve water and energy, protect water and air quality, and create wildlife habitat, and as such has  been  a  lecture  stop  on  tours  of  Bay  Area  gardens  that  meet  and exceed  Bay-Friendly Gardening standards. ACWD has also signed a pledge to employ these principles for all landscaping that ACWD maintains. ACWD continues to work with these agencies on a public outreach campaign to educate the public about environmentally sound landscaping practices, including water efficient landscaping. 

Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour – ACWD helps sponsor a tour of private gardens employing natural gardening techniques, including water conservation, in the Alameda and Contra Costa counties. The tour typically showcases at least one Fremont garden. ACWD hopes that customers attending the tours will be inspired to replace turf with low-water use plants.

Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) – ACWD partners with ACOE to improve water and energy efficiencies at the Newark Unified School District, and other schools in the service area.  ACWD conducted indoor audits for nine facilities (8 schools) and found water saving opportunities, including hardware, device and maintenance improvements (i.e. high efficiency toilets and urinals; faucet aerators; showerheads; and leaks).

California Youth Energy Services (CYES) – Since 2009, ACWD has partnered with the California Youth Energy Services to implement a residential water and energy use survey program, which combines green job training and energy and water savings assistance to the community. The city of Fremont, Union City, Pacific Gas & Electric and the California Public Utilities Commission are all additional partners in this effort.

Local School Districts and Community Colleges  – ACWD works closely with the local school districts and community colleges to promote water use efficiency at their facilities. ACWD provided incentives to change out urinals for all Fremont Unified School District schools and provided a grant to help establish a water efficient landscape at Ohlone Community College’s “Green” Campus in Newark. Most recently, ACWD conducted water use efficiency surveys and provided water use efficiency recommendations for eight Newark Unified School District facilities, which included six elementary schools, the middle school, the high school and the administration building.

Local Cites – ACWD coordinates with Fremont, Newark and Union City on several programs and customer outreach. ACWD works closely with each service area city to ensure that its programs are consistent with city ordinances and policies. During the drought, ACWD worked closely with its service area cities to help them comply with and provide outreach for the District’s Water Shortage Emergency Ordinance.

WaterSense Logo   WaterSense Program Promotional Partnership– ACWD partners with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) to promote their WaterSense program. The WaterSense program seeks to protect the future of our nations water supply by helping the public use less water with water-efficient products and services. This is achieved through a labeling program that helps consumers make smart water choices (in products and services) that save money and maintain high environmental standards without compromising performance.
AWE Logo Alliance for Water Efficiency – ACWD is a member of the Alliance for Water Efficiency. The Alliance serves as a North American advocate for water efficient products and programs, and provides information and assistance on water conservation efforts.