By Ellen Lomonico
The Water Action Research Team has come a long way from Week 1 of Winter Quarter. Although we never felt as though we were treading water to stay afloat, we began unsure of a specific direction. After meeting with our intrepid stakeholder, Tracy Dudman, and numerous other faculty and staff members, our team decided on four specific projects and areas of research: drought tolerant landscaping, artificial turf, stormwater policy, and an insert in the Green Guide to Living pamphlet.
Although the ESLP directors expressed valid concern that with this many projects our team wouldn’t be able to keep our heads above water, we rose to the occasion. I believe our successful completion of four research projects is testimony to our awesome team dynamic. Throughout the quarters, our team worked with a constant stream of energy. We would continuously check in with each other: sharing documents, proofreading reports, and always asking team members, “What are you working on? And how can I help?” Clean, clear communication ensured that we never got into hot water.
Our thirst for knowledge was also reflected in our attendance at both stakeholder and external meetings. In order to gain personal ownership of our project, all team members strove to attend every meeting at Capital Programs. We thank Tracy Dudman and Capital Programs for partnering with us. We would also like to thank the UCLA Water Task Force for inviting us to partake in their conferences. Participation in these conversations allowed us to achieve an in-depth understanding of water use on campus.