Wyland Initiates A challenge; Mayor Foster Accepts

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Mayor Foster and the Wyland Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation

Mayor Foster, three students from Milikan High School, Allie Bussjaeger (Green Campus Intern from California State University Long Beach) and Mark Taylor from Long Beach City College (back). LBUSD, LBCC and CSULB are all partners in the Mayor's Challenge.

Long Beach is the largest city to date to join the challenge asking residents to conserve water

At a press conference at the Aquarium of the Pacific today, Mayor Foster announced that he accepted the Wyland Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation and asked the City of Long Beach to make online water conservation pledges at www.mywaterpledge.com/socal from April 1 – April 30.

“Although the Governor has officially declared the drought over, we need to remain committed to making permanent lifestyle changes that reduce our use of water,” said Mayor Foster.  “Long Beach residents have done a fantastic job of saving water during the past three and a half years,” continued Mayor Foster.  “I am confident that our city will perform very well in the Mayor’s Challenge.”

The Challenge serves as a competition between several cities in Orange and Los Angeles County to see which city can register the largest percentage of its residents for an online water conservation pledge.  Twenty cities so far have accepted the challenge with Long Beach being the largest to date.  The city with the largest percentage of residents who sign up online will receive prizes including:

  • 250 pairs of Los Angeles Angels baseball tickets
  • 25 Family Four-Pack Disneyland Park Hopper Passes
  • Half-off Family Passes to the Aquarium of the Pacific

The Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation will include a daily updated “Top Ten” list, where residents can follow along and encourage their friends, families, and neighbors to join in.

About the Wyland Foundation:
Founded in 1993 by renowned environmental artist Wyland, the Wyland Foundation helps children and families around the nation discover the importance of healthy oceans and waterways through public art programs, classroom science education, and live events.  The foundation gives children the tools they need to become more creative, positive, and solution oriented.  Visit www.wylandfoundation.org

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