Rain Bird Corporation, a manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services, is now accepting nominations for its 2008 Intelligent Use of Water Award.
The award recognizes people or organizations whose innovation, leadership, ingenuity and commitment to improved landscape water efficiency has raised the standard for outdoor water conservation. The recipient of the 2008 award will receive $10,000 and be featured in a short film highlighting their contributions.
“As more and more demand is placed on the world’s supply of fresh water, increased scrutiny of water use leaves professionals, businesses and everyday consumers to find and implement practical solutions that provide both economic and environmental benefits,” says Dave Johnson, director of corporate marketing at Rain Bird. “By recognizing these achievements through the Intelligent Use of Water award, we aim to inspire others to do the same.”
Both consumers and professionals are encouraged to submit their nominations for the award by completing a nomination form at www.rainbird.com/iuow/award.htm. The deadline for nominations is June 30.
An independent panel of experts will select the award finalists and winner based on their demonstrated leadership, innovation and implementation of water-efficient measures. Experts include Elizabeth Cutright, editor of Water Efficiency, Dan Stark, executive director of the American Public Gardens Association, and Ron Stoltz, director of the school of landscape architecture at the University of Arizona.
Last year’s winner was The Water Conservation Garden in San Diego County, Calif., which received the inaugural award in recognition of its more than 5 acres of exhibits and training programs that teach the public how to better conserve water in the landscape.