North Port Wins Third Place in Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation
The Wyland Foundation announced that the City of North Port achieved third place as the most “Water Wise” in the nation for cities with populations of 30,000 - 99,999 residents.
City of North Port Mayor Christopher Hanks along with City Commission accepted the Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation on April 9th and encouraged residents to “Take the Pledge” online at www.MyWaterPledge.com. The annual challenge, which took place from April 1- 30, is a non-profit national community service campaign that encourages leaders to inspire their residents to make a series of simple pledges at www.mywaterpledge.com to use water more efficiently, reduce pollution, and save energy.
Mayor Hanks stated, “Our City takes environmental conservation and preservation seriously. The results of the Wyland Challenge are not a surprise, but certainly a welcomed honor. We are pleased to be ranked with the top cities across the country that are dedicated to our natural resources, especially water, which is the lifeblood of our community and quality of life."
North Port residents took 6,843 pledges resulting in a water savings of 28.3 million gallons of water! Additional results generated by North Port pledges resulted in the reduction of 1,616 pounds of hazardous waste from entering watersheds, 790,864 fewer pounds of landfills, and a carbon dioxide reduction of 124.9 million pounds.
The 8th National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation was presented by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, with support from the U.S EPA WaterSense, The Toro Company, National League of Cities, Conserva Irrigation, EcoSystems Inc., and Earth Friendly Products (makers of ECOS).
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