Cities begin nationwide competition for most water-wise title in April
RIVERSIDE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today marks the start of the Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water
Conservation, presented by The Wyland Foundation and Toyota with support
from The Toro Company. The competition, now in its 5th year,
runs April 1 through April 30 and kicks off from San Diego with an
inspiring call to mayors across the U.S. to help spread the word about
the importance of water conservation.
“As a worldwide leader in irrigation technology and innovation for
homes, golf courses, sports fields, municipalities and agriculture, Toro
recognizes the importance of protecting water resources for future
generations,” says renowned marine life artist and conservationist
Wyland. “Toro’s support for Wyland Foundation and the National Mayor’s
Challenge for Water Conservation further demonstrates their commitment
to ensure availability for people around the world and to educate the
masses on how to successfully use water without waste.”
The National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation rewards individual
residents who make pledges online at www.mywaterpledge.com
to perform specific water-saving activities throughout the month. By
simply pledging their commitment to easy water-saving actions, residents
are eligible for a chance to win many exciting prizes – including a
Toyota Prius, water-efficient home irrigation products like Toro XTRA
Smart EC•XTRA irrigation controllers, and other eco-friendly products.
Cities with the highest percentage of residents that make pledges in
their population categories qualify for over $50,000 in prize drawings.
Last year, mayors from 36 states encouraged residents to make over
390,000 pledges to promote drought resiliency, protect watersheds and
ultimately reduce stress on aging water infrastructure. Mayors from
cities across the nation, including Portland, Tucson and Dallas, have
already thrown their hat into the ring to see whose city will be named
the most “water-wise” for 2016.
Other sponsors include EPA WaterSense®, National League of
Cities, Conserva Irrigation and Earth Friendly Products, makers of ECOS.
The challenge is designed to bring together all facets of the community
to follow their city’s progress throughout the month and to use that
information to encourage neighbors, businesses and civic groups to
spread the word. Last year, San Diego was the top ranked city in the
600,000-and-over population standings.
About the Wyland Foundation
Founded in 1993 by environmental
artist Wyland (best known for his series of 100 monumental marine life
murals), the Wyland Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is
actively engaged in teaching millions of students around the country
about our ocean, rivers, lakes streams, and wetlands. The foundation’s
latest project, FOCUS (Forests, Oceans, Climate – and us) brings
together the U.S. Forest Service, NOAA, and numerous non-profits to
teach young people about the future of our water supplies, climate and
global health. www.wylandfoundation.org
About The Toro Company
The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) is a
leading worldwide provider of innovative solutions for the outdoor
environment, including turf, snow and ground engaging equipment and
irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions. With sales of $2.4 billion in
fiscal 2015, Toro’s global presence extends to more than 90 countries.
Through constant innovation and caring relationships built on trust and
integrity, Toro and its family of brands have built a legacy of
excellence by helping customers care for golf courses, landscapes,
sports fields, public green spaces, commercial and residential
properties and agricultural fields. For more information, visit www.thetorocompany.com.
The Toro Company
Alexis Bookman, 951-785-3612