Delta Faucet Company Launches 2014 Sustainability Challenge

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March 05, 2014

Delta Faucet Company, a worldwide leader in residential and commercial faucets, has launched its second edition of ‘The Delta Faucet Sustainability Challenge’, which aims to promote future sustainability of water resources in the region. The 2014 challenge was launched at the American University in Dubai (AUD) with representatives from the University’s Interior Design and Architecture faculty and students, as well as its strategic partners, Alabbar Energy and Sustainability Group (AESG) and the Association of Professional Interior Designers (APID). The competition is endorsed by the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD) for a second year running.

The UAE uses some of the largest amounts of water in the world and is listed by the United Nations as a high-rank country when it comes to water stress, a situation which occurs when the availability of water is not in balance with the demand for water. This creates a unique challenge where the country is dependent on various sources to meet its daily water needs. In addressing this challenge, this year’s campaign will ask students to submit original designs to conserve water specifically within the hospitality sector.

“Building on the success of last year’s campaign, 'The Delta Faucet Sustainability Challenge’ will expand to include more students and will also focus specifically on water conservation in the hospitality sector. The campaign aims to drive awareness and behavior change with regards to water consumption. Delta Faucet Company is a long-standing pioneer in the advancement of performance standards for water-saving products, and we have developed several groundbreaking technologies that help to promote water conservation,” said Ross Jackson, General Manager, Delta Faucet Company, Middle East.

Interior Design and Architecture students at the American University in Dubai are invited to submit original designs satisfying specific design criteria including water conservation, energy efficiency, water quality, alignment with government regulations and durability of design. ‘The Delta Faucet Sustainability Challenge’ will run from today until mid-April, when the top 10 best entrants will be selected to present their designs in front of the expert panel of judges.

“The UAE continues to have one of the highest rates of water consumption globally, and with this year’s campaign, we hope to highlight the opportunity to incorporate sustainable design within the hospitality sector. We are delighted to work with our partners from last year’s competition, AUD and AESG and we are honored to welcome a new strategic partner, APID,” Jackson added. “Together with our partners AUD, AESG and APID, we want to engage the decision makers of the future at an early stage to ensure they are actively thinking about sustainable design. We are also extremely appreciative of the support we have received from all of our partners including UNESCO.”

Dr. Albert Fakhoury, Chair of the Department of Interior Design at the American University in Dubai, commented: “Our duty as individuals and within our community is to preserve and safeguard the quality of life for future generations. Our continued support of the ‘The Delta Faucet Sustainability Challenge’ is a testament to our efforts to make AUD an example of both innovation and sustainability. We strongly encourage sustainable initiatives within the university community to reflect AUD’s aspiration in driving real action as we strive to empower our students to take responsibility when it comes to the environment.”

Mrs. Farida Kamber Al Awadhi, President, Association of Professional Interior Designers (APID), said: “The professional interior designer is knowledgeable about ways to ensure that home, hotel or office fit outs meet water conservation targets. With thoughtful and careful selection of the products specified in our designs, efficiencies in water use can be gained. This message, emphasized by ‘The Delta Faucet Sustainability Challenge’, serves as a good reminder for the professional community.”

Scott Coombes, Principal Consultant and founder of AESG, said: “Following last year's success, we are very pleased to be a contributing partner in the second year of ‘The Delta Faucet Sustainability Challenge’. Managing our water resources is a vital step towards preserving our planet for future generations. By thinking globally and acting locally, the competition aims to give young designers the opportunity to showcase their innovative strategies to conserve water within the built environment."

In December 2002, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted resolution 57/254 to put in place a United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD), spanning from 2005 to 2014, and designated UNESCO to lead the Decade. The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development seeks to integrate the principles, values, and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning, in order to address the social, economic, cultural and environmental problems we face in the 21st century.

During this decade, education for sustainable development will contribute to better preparing citizens to face the challenges of the present and the future, and decision-makers who will act responsibly to create a viable world. ESD supports five fundamental types of learning to provide quality education and foster sustainable human development – learning to know, learning to be, learning to live together, learning to do, and learning to transform oneself and society.

The Decade on Education for Sustainable Development will draw to a close later this year at the 2014 UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, organized by UNESCO and the Government of Japan, which will take place from the 10-12 November 2014 in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan. The conference will review the UN DESD and launch future actions. More than 1,000 participants are expected to attend from both the public and private sectors.

About Delta® Products

There is a philosophy at the heart of every Delta® product: there is a better way to live with water. It goes beyond excellent design to incorporate smart thinking that anticipates people's needs. From proprietary Touch2O® Technology that turns faucets on and off with just a touch to H2Okinetic® shower technology that sculpts water into a unique wave pattern, giving you the feeling of more water without using more water, Delta products incorporate thoughtful features that delight. Paired with beautiful and inspirational design, it's another way that the Delta® brand is more than just a faucet. A WaterSense® partner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Delta Faucet Company is a global organization that offers kitchen faucetsbath faucetsshower headsshower systems, toilets and related accessories, selling products in more than 53 countries. For more information, visit www.deltafaucet.com.

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