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

Tuesday, August 18, 2015   (0 Comments)
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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. Over the last two weeks, ARCSA announced the renewal and execution of two Memorandum of Understandings (MOU), one with Santa Fe Community College, and one with John Deere Green Tech.  Both MOUs formalize rainwater harvesting educational and accreditation programs, fulfilling ARCSA’s curriculum requirements, including lessons on the latest design and installation standard - ARCSA/ASPE/ANSI Standard 63. Today, ARCSA announces a third national education training on rainwater harvesting program with the Plumbing and Gasfitters UA Local 5 Association, formalized through the MOU signing by Association Training Director Timothy Haley and ARCSA’s President David Crawford. 


These MOUs are intended to produce more qualified rainwater and stormwater harvesting system installers to meet the rising demand for these systems, especially in parts of the country with drought and facing more cycles of drought, creating more jobs and boosting local economies.


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


The purpose of this MOU is to create a partnership between the Association and ARCSA that builds upon each organization’s expertise and strengths, combining the Association’s extensive water-harvesting knowledge and educational expertise provided by its course with ARCSA’s 20 years of experience, to deliver a simple, high-quality process, satisfying the ARCSA accreditation requirements for rainwater harvesting and bolstering the Association’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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