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Continuing the Push for National Educational Accreditation for Rainwater Harvesting - Part II

Monday, August 17, 2015  
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The American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association®—a GuideStar® Gold 501(c)3 nonprofit—is the preeminent national educational and technical organization offering accreditation for rainwater harvesting professionals. Last week, ARCSA announced the renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Santa Fe Community College (—whose 16-week course, “Active Water Harvesting and Distribution Systems” fulfilled ARCSA’s curriculum requirements, including lessons on the latest design and installation standard - ARCSA/ASPE/ANSI Standard 63. Today, ARCSA announces a second national education training on rainwater harvesting program with John Deere Green Tech, formalized through the MOU signing by John Deere Regional Manager Brian Quill and ARCSA’s President David Crawford.


ARCSA’s mission is to promote sustainable rainwater harvesting practices to help solve potable, non-potable, stormwater and energy challenges throughout the world. Green Tech and ARCSA share a general interest in environmental stewardship and education, and a specific interest in sustainable rainwater harvesting. The Green Tech in-house rainwater harvesting training and ARCSA’s accreditation program shares common goals, philosophies and methods.

The purpose of this MOU is to create a partnership between Green Tech and ARCSA that is built upon each organization’s expertise and strengths, combining John Deere’s extensive in-house training programs with ARCSA’s 20 years of experience to deliver a simple, high-quality process, satisfying ARCSA’s pre-test accreditation educational requirements while bolstering John Deere’s industry leadership.

ARCSA is currently producing the nation’s first online rainwater harvesting accreditation course, patterned after its soon-to-be published comprehensive national rainwater harvesting manual, and is soliciting tax-deductible donations for that and general operational purposes. For more information, please contact Heather Kinkade, ARCSA’s Executive Director, at 512-617-6528, or



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