Mayor Christina L. Shea is joining other mayors across the country in asking residents to make a commitment to conserve water and protect this vital resource by taking part in the 8th annual Wyland Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, through the month of April.
“This annual challenge to conserve water, sponsored by the Wyland Foundation here in Irvine, reminds us of our precious resource,” said Mayor Shea. “I am hopeful that what is a short-term challenge for our residents becomes a long-term practice of conservation.”
Last year, residents from over 3,800 cities in all 50 U.S. states pledged to reduce their annual consumption of freshwater by 3 billion gallons, reduce waste sent to landfills by 79.9 million pounds, and prevent more than 177,000 pounds of hazardous waste from entering our watersheds. The Challenge goes beyond recent drought issues and looks at the ways our water use will affect the future of our communities — from how we grow food to reducing polluted runoff.
To participate, enter online at mywaterpledge.com, and then make a series of online pledges to conserve water on behalf of the City of Irvine. One winning city will be determined from five population categories. The City with the most pledges in each population category will win. Residents from the winning cities who take the online pledge will be entered to win hundreds of environmentally friendly prizes, including $3,000 for home utilities, water-saving fixtures, and home improvement gift cards.
For more information and to take the pledge, visit mywaterpledge.com.
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 dedicated to promoting, protecting, and preserving the world’s ocean, waterways, and marine life. The foundation encourages environmental awareness through community events, education programs, and public art projects. www.wylandfoundation.org