RIVERSIDE, Calif. (July 2, 2014) - The Toro Company joined the Wyland Foundation at Pier Plaza in Huntington Beach on June 6th to honor Mayor Matthew Harper, his staff, and the residents of Huntington Beach for their recent victory in the 2014 National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation.
Huntington Beach held off challenges from hundreds of cities for the coveted first-place finish in the annual competition. The challenge, held every April, is a friendly non-profit competition that asks U.S. city leaders to see who can best inspire their residents to commit to reducing water and energy usage through a series of informative, online pledges at www.mywaterpledge.com.
The National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation incentivizes residents across the country to use water wisely and be vigilant about what goes down the drain and into their local watershed. By sticking to their commitments, the collective efforts of these residents can have a significant impact in the future management of our natural resources. For this year's challenge, over 23,000 people across the nation pledged to take 277,742 specific actions to change the way they use water at home and in the community. Cities with the highest percentage of residents who make these conservation pledges are entered to win over $50,000 in prizes, including water-saving home irrigation prizes from Toro.
Residents of Huntington Beach, the winning city in the “mid-size” city category, agreed to reduce water waste by 35 million gallons, waste sent to landfills by 893 million pounds, cut greenhouse gas emissions by 133 million pounds, and eliminate more than 4,300 pounds of hazardous waste from entering local watersheds. “As 2013 was one of the driest years on record and with our state's emergency drought situation,” said Mayor Harper, as he publicly lauded the efforts of the community, “it is ever more important to not waste water and take extra measures to conserve.”
The challenge comes at a time when population growth, extreme weather patterns, water shortages, and aging infrastructure all threaten access to a steady, sustainable supply of water in the United States.
Additional support for the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation is provided by Toyota, the U.S. EPA, National League of Cities, the U.S. Forest Service, Wondergrovekids.com, Bytelaunch.com, and Water Smart Software.
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 county 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 turf, landscape, rental and construction equipment, and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions. With sales of more than $2 billion in fiscal 2013, Toro's global presence extends to more than 90 countries through strong relationships built on integrity and trust, constant innovation, and a commitment to helping customers enrich the beauty, productivity and sustainability of the land. Since 1914, the company has built a tradition of excellence around a number of strong brands to help customers care for golf courses, sports fields, public green spaces, commercial and residential properties, and agricultural fields. More information is available at www.toro.com.