ALEXANDRIA, Va. — To help promote environmental stewardship and raise awareness of the value of water among Chicago’s youth, the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Students and Young Professionals Committee (SYPC) has organized the sixth annual WEF Community Service Project, “Reading, Writing & Rain Gardens,” according to a press release.

Organized as a part of WEFTEC 2013, the event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. in Chicago, Ill.

During the event, conference volunteers will replace concrete with green infrastructure on the playground at Haines Elementary School in Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood.

The trees and rain garden will help relieve runoff from urban flooding and reduce heat island effect in a critical public space for students.

Locating the project at a local school gives WEF the opportunity to inspire area students to the cause of clean water, underscore the importance of the water profession and demonstrate to the community about how to get started with clean water initiatives.

Read the entire press release here.