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Children's message: Save water

Art contest in office building promotes water conservation

When faced with the need to conserve water in her downtown office building, Civic Center Station, Vera Revelli knew it would need to be a team effort and began to look for a creative way to spread the message. The building is on First Street and houses 25 businesses.

She recalled a PG&E campaign years ago in which children were encouraged through a school program to spearhead energy conservation for their families. Using that as inspiration, Revelli launched an art contest and encouraged tenants with children to enter their water conservation art work.

"Children can often look at a problem and cut through to the core better than adults," Revelli said. "Plus, they love to be part of the solution if you can engage them."

She put out the call to young artists to use their imaginations and create art to remind adults to conserve water. Children ages 6 and older were asked to submit original artwork; those 5 and younger were provided with a black and white coloring sheet.

The young participants were recognized with a prize and their winning artwork will be displayed throughout Revelli's office building, particularly at key locations such as above sinks.

"I am excited to debut their artwork and hope it will help serve as a fun reminder to conserve as we adults already know is important," Revelli said. "It's just difficult because our brains are so busy thinking about other things; what we really need are cues as soon as we turn on the tap."

The young artists who joined the effort are Elyse Helmgren, Lexi Irvine, Tyler Irvine, Rithi Krishnaraj, Shruthi Krishnaraj, Charlotte Olson, Clark Olson, Luke Olson and Shaswat Sharma.

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