Mayor's Challenge April 2015
4th NATIONAL MAYOR'S CHALLENGE FOR WATER CONSERVATION, APRIL 1-30, 2015
Join the City of Ventura by visiting mywaterpledge.com
Cities nationwide to compete to see who can be most “water wise”
Drought resiliency and energy savings through water conservation will be focus of fourth annual national awareness campaign
With at least 36 states facing water shortages this year, mayors across the nation will be asking residents to make a commitment to conserve water and cut pollution by participating in a national contest aimed at drastically slashing water and energy use across the country- and in return, residents can win a new Toyota Prius Plug-in , water saving fixtures, and hundreds of other prizes.
In addition to helping the environment, the mayors earn bragging rights about winning the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, a non-profit competition, April 1-30, to see which leaders can best inspire their residents to make a series of informative, easy to use online pages to reduce water and energy usage.
“Whether its drought conditions in the West or the high costs of energy related to water use in the East, saving water has become one of the most talked about issues facing the nation today,” said Wyland, artist and president of the Wyland Foundation. “This gives city leaders a way to supplement their awareness efforts in a friendly, spirited way.”
Presented nationally by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, with support from the U.S. EPA’s Office of Water, National League of Cities, U.S. Forest Service, The Toro Company, Wondergrove Kids, Bytelaunch, and WaterSmart Software, mayors nationwide are encouraged to challenge their residents to conserve water, save energy, and reduce pollution on behalf of their city at www.mywaterpledge.com throughout the month of April. Last year, residents from over 3, 600 cities in all 50 U.S. states pledged to reduce their annual consumption of fresh water by 1.4 billion gallons, reduce waste sent to landfills by 36 million pounds, prevent more than 179,000 pounds of hazardous waste from entering our watersheds, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 5.3 billion pounds. Participants have included mayors from Seattle, Dallas, Houston, Denver, Miami, Los Angeles, San Diego and this year Ventura!
MAKE THE PLEDGE: HOW CITY OF VENTURA RESIDENTS CAN PARTICIPATE
MAKE YOUR PLEDGE TODAY. IT'S EASY! HERE'S HOW:
1. Go to mywaterpledge.com
2. CLICK ON the Home Page link and Pledge either with your Facebook Account or Email address
3. TYPE in the name of your city — Ventura, Ca & PLEDGE
Cities compete in the following population categories: (5,000 – 29,999 residents, 30,000 – 99,999 residents, 100,000 – 299,999 residents, 300,000-599,999 residents, and 600,000+ residents). Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category are deemed the winner. Residents from those cities are entered to win an array of environmentally positive prizes.
Make Your Water Pledge at mywaterpledge.com
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO SAVE WATER VENTURA!
Water Saving Tip VIDEOS
- Waterwise tips to benefit your lawn and garden and water bill!
- How to locate your home's water meter and water shut off valve
- How to check for water leaks outside and inside your home
- How to check your irrigation system for water leaks
- Taking the mystery out of programming your smart irrigation timer
- Smart irrigation technology with Aquaflo's Dave Williams
- Tips on making your irrigation system more efficient with Scarlett's Landscape
- Reducing urban runoff in your landscape
- Pruning your native garden with Laura Bauer
- Preventing stormwater pollution
- No fats, oils, grease down the drain
- Keep our water safe and clean
Ocean Friendly and Native Gardens VIDEOS
- 10 top reasons to get rid of your lawn
- How to remove your turf
- How to create a rich mulch
- How to beat the California drought
- OFGs: The Sustainable Solution
- Designing the new California Ocean Friendly Garden
- Designing a sustainable garden with Landscape Designer Lisa Burton
- Prevent stormwater pollution with OFGs
- How to plant your native and Ocean Friendly Garden
- Ocean Friendly Garden Case Study
- Surfrider’s Cynthia Hartley talks about Ocean Friendly Gardens
- Changing out your green lawn for an Ocean Friendly Garden