William Cooper, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Urban Water Research Center at UC Irvine, has received the Outstanding Contributions to Education Award from the Orange County Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools. Cooper was nominated for his work on the Water Innovation Now project, which charged Orange County school children to come up with innovative ways to solve water use and availability concerns. Winning entries were presented by students to international delegates at the UCI-United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization water conference, “Water Unifies.”