Schools and Youth
Our programs are provided free of charge and cover a wide range of topics including water and wastewater treatment, stormwater management and water pollution prevention. Our classroom programs meet state science standards and are designed to help grade-school students understand why water is such a precious resource. Programs are available to elementary schools teachers at Sunnyvale schools.
We also offer an extensive library of educational materials suitable for all ages. For a listing of book and video materials available for grades K-12, see the School and Youth Brochure for more information.
Teachers - Fun, Factual and Free Water Programs!
Let the Sunnyvale Water Pollution Control Plant assist you in educating your students about water - all at no cost to you! The environmental education programs we offer are designed to help you meet state science standards.
To learn more about our educational programs or to book a classroom presentation or tour e-mail Environmental Outreach or call (408) 730-7717.
Car washes can be a popular choice for fundraising, but did you know that the soap and water used to wash and rinse cars contain waste that can pollute our water resources?
To avoid flooding of parking lots and streets, Sunnyvale’s storm drains are designed to drain the excess water away. The storm drain system empties the water directly into our local creeks and San Francisco Bay without treatment. This is how car wash fundraising events can create a significant amount of water pollution without even realizing it. Discharges of polluted water into the storm drain collection system violate the requirements found in the Sunnyvale Municipal Code, Section 12.12.040 (k).
Don’t let your charitable event cause water pollution in our creeks and Bay! The City of Sunnyvale has a “Sudsafe” Car Wash Kit available for loan to non-profit organizations. Each kit contains an insert to block the storm drain and divert the polluted water. This brochure gives guidelines on car washing and details on how to borrow a car wash kit.