Publication Awards

Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0With the help of educators, partners, sponsors, agencies and water experts, we have produced dozens of award-winning publications. Our flagship publication, the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide, is recommended by the National Science Teachers Association and was awarded a Gold Medal at the 2013 Independent Publishers Book Awards. Most recently, our children's storybook, Water for You and Me, received the Learning Magazine 2017 Teachers’ ChoiceSM Award for Preschool. Since 1996, as Distinguished Achievement Awards finalists and winners, numerous Project WET publications have been recognized by the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP). These award-winning publications carry the coveted AEP emblem. Project WET publications also have been recognized by the National Association for Interpretation, the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards and The Nature Company. Click here for a full list of Project WET's publication awards from 1994 to the present.

Global Journal Top 100 NGO

The Global JournalSwitzerland-based global governance magazine The Global Journal named the Project WET Foundation one of the world's top 100 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in 2013. Project WET's selection for the Top 100 NGO List was based on its performance in three key areas: impact, innovation and sustainability. See Project WET's mention here.

United States Water Prize

U.S. Water Alliance - Water Prize

The U.S. Water Alliance (then known as the Clean Water America Alliance) in 2012 named the Project WET Foundation one of six 2012 U.S. Water Prize winners, citing Project WET's "success in building an extensive, grass-roots network of school and community educators."

A celebration of sustainable solutions that advance holistic, watershed-based approaches to water quality and quantity challenges, the United States Water Prize is sponsored and administered by the Clean Water America Alliance. Founded in 2008, the Clean Water America Alliance is the only organization with the charter and mission of bringing together a diverse array of interests to create an integrated, holistic water policy for America. The Alliance is dedicated to working with individuals, organizations and entities throughout the country; both public and private, to speak with one voice to forge a new vision for a sustainable water future.

The other 2012 U.S. Water Prize winners were PepsiCo Frito-Lay Inc., Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Philadelphia Water Department, Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

To learn more about the U.S. Water Prize and about Project WET's selection, please watch the 2012 U.S. Water Prize video:

2008 Universities Council on Water Resources Education and Outreach Award

The Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) membership recognized the Project WET Foundation as the 2008 recipient of the Education and Outreach Award. The UCOWR membership consists of over 90 universities and organizations worldwide involved in education, research, public service, international activities and information support for policy development related to water resources.

This award recognizes educational institutions, individuals, groups or agencies that have made significant contributions to increased public awareness of water resources development, use or management covering the natural, biological and/or social sciences. Project WET joins previous award winners, including:

  • Penn State University (College of Agricultural Science/School of Forest Resources).
  • El Paso Water Utilities.
  • U.S. National Water Research Institute.


Project WET also gives out awards to water education leaders, including the Water Education Visionary Award and the Water Education Leadership Award:

Project WET's Water Education Visionary Award

The Water Education Visionary Award is Project WET's highest honor. To date, it has been given only twice, once to Dr. András Szöllösi-Nagy at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, France; and once to Dr. Alvaro Aldama at the 4th World Water Forum in Mexico City, Mexico.

Project WET's Water Education Leadership Award

The Project WET Foundation recognizes service to Project WET and water education with the Water Education Leadership Award. The first Water Education Leadership Award was given to the outgoing chair of the Project WET Foundation Board of Directors, Heidi Paul, in December 2013.

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