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3/28/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE #03282014
Subject :

City of San Carlos Joins Nationwide Challenge to be Most “Water Wise”
Contact :Jeff Maltbie, City Manager, City Manager    650-802-4228
    jmaltbie@cityofsancarlos.org
SAN CARLOS, CA, March 28, 2014 – The City of San Carlos is joining communities across the country in asking residents to participate in the Wyland Foundation National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation.  By taking part in a national contest aimed at cutting water and energy use across the nation, residents can win a new Toyota Prius Plug-In, water saving fixtures and hundreds of other prizes.

The Wyland Foundation is a non-profit national community service organization. The Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation will run April 1st – 30th with a goal of determining which leaders can best inspire their communities to make a series of easy-to-implement online pledges to reduce water and energy usage.

"Learning to be more efficient in using water and energy is very important," said Mark Olbert, Mayor of San Carlos. “Energy prices continue to rise, greenhouse gas emissions threaten our children’s future, and California’s water situation is so precarious a single year of low rainfall can lead to immediate, drastic consequences.”

Mayor Olbert is encouraging San Carlos residents to take the pledge to conserve water, save energy, and reduce pollution throughout the month of April. Last year, residents from over 1,000 cities in all 50 states signed up to reduce their annual consumption of freshwater by nearly a billion gallons, reduce waste sent to landfills by 18.3 million pounds, and prevent more than 69.9 million pounds of hazardous waste from entering our watersheds.

“The San Carlos community is a strong supporter of sustainable living and works hard to manage its resource use and disposal footprint”, the Mayor added. “This contest is a fun way to learn more about how to live well while using and disposing of less, and offers residents a chance to earn prizes, too.”

Beginning April 1st, residents may participate by entering on line at www.mywaterpledge.com/national or via the City’s website at www.cityofsancarlos.org, then make a series of online pledges. Cities compete in categories based on their population. Communities with the highest percentage of residents taking the challenge are entered into drawings for hundreds of eco-friendly prizes. The challenge also features resources and cost-saving tips for those who want to make additional conservation efforts, or learn more about regional water and energy resource issues.

The 3rd National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is presented by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, with support from the U.S. EPA’s Office of Water, National League of Cities, U.S. Forest Service, The Toro Company, Wondergrove Kids, Bytelaunch, and WaterSmart 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.

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