In 2019 residents pledged to save 3 billion gallons of water. This is such great news for so many reasons not least of which is the reduced stress on local water infrastructure. This can save millions of dollars for cities who have been carrying nearly 98% of the cost associated with local water infrastructure maintenance and repair.
How to Participate
Participation in the Challenge takes place at mywaterpledge.com where residents go to select from pre-populated pledges to conserve water and other natural resources on behalf of their city. To begin the pledge, residents select their city and there they see a quote and or video from their mayor or sustainability leader sharing the city's personal message on conservation. Here is what Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti put on the Los Angeles landing page http://www.mywaterpledge.com/map/?mode=&the_campaign=national-campaign&the_location=3224; and here is an example of cities challenging neighboring cities which makes for a lot of fun as seen here in the 2019 Challenge between Gainesville Florida and Athens Georgia https://www.facebook.com/GainesvilleFL/videos/2296637573731555/?v=2296637573731555.
The Wyland Foundation in partnership with the National League of Cities, the U.S. EPA, and presenting partner Toyota, provide this zero-cost platform for city leaders to communicate with their residents about the importance of conservation. An electronic toolkit is provided containing everything you will need to publicize the Challenge to you residents. Press releases, digital artwork, text for social media, banners for websites, and much more. National and local promotion including display ads, television promotions, live events, and more is also provided by the Wyland Foundation and its partners which also include The Toro Company, ECOS Earth Friendly Product, and Conserva irrigation.
Winning city residents are eligible to win thousands of dollars in prizes, including a grand prize of $3,000 for a resident to pay for utilities for a year; and a community grand prize of a 2020 Toyota Hybrid for one lucky non-profit nominated by city residents.
Sign Up To Participate
The 2020 Challenge takes place April 1st-30th. For more information and to sign up please visit www.wylandfoundation.org/mayors. A written statement of support and videos can be submitted to email@example.com anytime up until about a week before the Challenge begins. If additional information is desired, our team at the Wyland Foundation is available to do a 15- minute Webex presentation.