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March 14, 2017 > Water conservation champions honored

Water conservation champions honored

Submitted By Peter Drekmeier

Challenged by one of the worst droughts on record, Silicon Valley responded with innovation, technology and commitment, conserving 38.6 billion gallons between 2013 and 2016. This 26% reduction saved enough water to fill 58,446 Olympic-size swimming pools. The Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards recognize the best of the best in water use efficiency, shining a spotlight on leaders in the field who serve as role-models for others.

The 2017 winners will be honored at an awards ceremony on March 22 (World Water Day) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Cubberley Community Center Theatre.

Business category winner Oracle uses reclaimed water at its campuses in Redwood Shores and Santa Clara. This represents a 42% reduction in potable water use at Redwood Shores, saving more than 31 million gallons of potable water and $285,000 per year.

Government Agency winner is the San Mateo Resource Conservation District, which collaborates with private and public land owners, agricultural producers, public agencies and interest groups in San Mateo County to conserve water, protect water quality, restore wildlife habitat, sustain agriculture and mitigate climate change.

Organization winnerÊEcology ActionÕs WaterLink program provided free turnkey water-energy upgrades to residents and businesses in Santa Clara County. Over 75% of their services were in neighborhoods that are disproportionately impacted by pollution and poverty

Greenscape Management winnerÊStanford University Residential & Dining Enterprises provides housing for more than 13,000 studentsÊand aÊdining program that serves more than 18,000 meals per day. They overhauled their entire irrigation system, encompassing 57 acres of landscape.

Innovation winnerÊOuroboros Farms is a commercial aquaponics farm in Half Moon Bay that uses a combination of fish and plants to maximize resource-efficient food production. Their technique uses up to 90% less water than most traditional soil-based agriculture, and up to 90% less land to grow the same number of crops.

Education category winnerÊFrank Jahn served for nearly two decades as the Public Education Specialist at the Alameda County Water District (ACWD), which serves the cities of Fremont, Newark and Union City. During his tenure, he created revolutionary hands-on water saving programs that influenced hundreds of thousands of residents.

Water Champion and former Assemblymember Rich Gordon served in the California State Legislature for six years, and was termed out in 2016. During his tenure, one of his mottos was, ÒIf drought is potentially our new normal, then conservation is also our new normal.Ó

Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards
Wednesday, Mar. 22
11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Cubberley Community Center Theatre
4000 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.
Free event (including lunch), but guests must register in advance.
Details atÊwww.WaterAwards.org

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