Long Beach Water is partnering with Grades of Green, a Los Angeles-based environmental education nonprofit, to work with schools in the Long Beach Unified School District to help with water conservation initiatives.

"This partnership perfectly supports our city's focus on creating sustainable Long Beach lifestyles. It helps develop and instill lifelong awareness, as well as water use efficiency values and habits in community members of all ages," Lana Haddad, director of government and public affairs for Long Beach Water, said in a release. "Engagement through education is integral to creating a water-wise future tor Long Beach."

To kickstart the collaboration, schools will compete in the Grades of Green Water Challenge. The challenge will encourage students to find new ways to reduce water consumption. 

The winning school will receive a $1,000 educational grant.

For information, or to sign up for the competition, go to Gazettes.com/GradesOfGreen. Sign-ups must be completed by Jan. 5.

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