Many companies have done a great job of improving water efficiency and/or setting and reaching conservation goals. While this is important, stakeholders are demanding more from companies with regard to their water efforts and performance. Water stewardship offers a more holistic approach to addressing water. It ensures that water risks and opportunities are identified and prioritized so that companies can implement meaningful strategies and targets to respond to their water challenges and opportunities. To learn more about the importance of water stewardship, check out our Water Stewardship 101 page.
In practice, the water stewardship approach goes beyond conservation and efficiency-focused, traditional management of water resources. The Water Council trains individuals and organizations to better understand water stewardship and how to apply it across an enterprise down to the site level.
The Water Council, in partnership with Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP), offers Water Stewardship Training that covers water stewardship concepts and best practices from the corporate level to operational level. It covers the principles and foundations of good water stewardship, as well as strategies and tools for implementing water stewardship throughout the value chain. This training is open to all interested parties on a first-come, first-served basis.
Comprehensive Water Stewardship Training is offered in two modules:
Module 1: Principles and Foundations of Water Stewardship
The first module focuses on the importance of water stewardship, how it’s different from traditional water management and why it’s important for companies to adopt a water stewardship focus. It covers important water stewardship concepts and terminologies and demystifies the landscape of various water stewardship organizations, programs and tools.
Module 2: Water Stewardship in Practice
The second module focuses on the practical components of water stewardship from the board room to the shop floor. This includes best practices for corporate or enterprise-level water stewardship, such as risk assessment and prioritization, strategy and policy development, and target and goal setting. It also includes best practices for operational water stewardship, including site assessments, watershed assessments, stakeholder engagement, contextual planning and target setting, and the implementation of water stewardship best practices.
Participants have the option of taking either or both of the modules, but we recommend attending Module 1 prior to Module 2. Members of The Water Council or Council of the Great Lakes Region receive 25% off training.
There are no trainings currently scheduled. Watch this page for future opportunities or contact Matt Howard for more information.
The Water Council will work with you to design a water stewardship training that is custom tailored to the needs of your company. We can:
Wherever your company is seeking internal capacity-building in water stewardship, we can provide the customized support.
Vice President, Water Stewardship