Ventura Places #1 in 2016 Mayor’s Challenge

Congratulations Ventura for placing #1 in the 2016 Mayor’s Challenge for cities with populations from 100,00-299,999!  Yesterday, a special award presentation was held on the steps of City Hall.  View the slideshow!  For more information about the Mayor’s Challenge, visit:  wylandfoundation.org/mayors

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For Immediate Release
Please contact Ventura Water:
Craig Jones, Management Analyst II, 805-223-4378
Shana Epstein, General Manager, 805-652-4518
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Ventura Wins the 5th National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation!
     The city of Ventura and its residents have been nationally recognized for pledging to conserve water and cut pollution.
     Ventura placed first in the fifth annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, which ran from April 1-30. The contest asked residents to pledge online to conserve water, and Ventura had the highest percentage of pledges for cities with populations between 100,000 and 299,999. Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, placed second in Ventura’s population category.
     Wyland spokesman Steve Creech presented Ventura Mayor Eric Nasarenko with the first-place plaque during a noontime ceremony on the steps of Ventura City Hall on Thursday May 19.
     “I don’t usually like to brag, but ‘Way to go, Ventura!’” Nasarenko told an enthusiastic audience that included City Councilman Jim Monahan, Fire Chief David Endaya and many city employees.
     Nasarenko congratulated the Ventura residents who pledged at www.mywaterpledge.com, saying their efforts will save over 26 million gallons of water.
     Venturans also pledged to reduce their use of single-use plastic bottles by 48,931, eliminate 1,172 pounds of hazardous waste from entering watersheds, and cut the amount of waste sent to landfills by 562,475 pounds.
     Overall, 4,100 cities across the U.S. participated, with residents making pledges to reduce their water use at home, around the yard, and in their lives. Residents nationwide pledged to reduce their cumulative water consumption by over 1.9 billion gallons – an amount totaling the equivalent of 2,877 Olympic-sized pools!
     Other winning cities were: Laguna Beach (5,000-29,999 residents); Andover, Minn. (30,000-99,999); Aurora, Colo. (300,000-599,999) and Boston (600,000-plus).
     Participating residents from the winning cities were entered into a contest to win a 2016 Toyota Prius, and Nasarenko had the honor of picking the winner from a spinning raffle basket. Nasarenko said he hoped a Ventura resident would win the Prius, which was parked outside of City Hall, but, alas, the winning ticket went to Jim Schoepflin of Aurora, Colo.
     The Wyland Foundation, a nonprofit founded by renowned marine life artist Wyland, has helped children and families around the nation to rediscover the importance of healthy oceans and waterways through public art programs, classroom science education and live events. The Mayor’s Challenge also is sponsored by Toyota, with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National League of Cities, The Toro Company, Earth Friendly Products (ECOS), Conserva Irrigation and in Southern California by television stations CBS2/KCAL9.
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FREE Water Wise Gardening Class, Sat. June 4 “Designing and Maintaining Your Water Wise Garden”

Water Wise Class

Are you overwhelmed with the idea of designing a water wise garden? Learn how to incorporate principles of design, such as unity, line, form, texture, color, scale and balance. We will have local landscape designers on hand and we suggest your bring pictures and sketches of your yard.

DATE:  Saturday, June 4, 2016

TIME: 10:00-11:30 a.m.

LOCATION: City of Ventura Sanjon Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road, Ventura, CA 93001

RSVP HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT: http://bit.ly/202fKQg

The Award-Winning Film “Love Thy Nature,” Narrated by Liam Neeson to play at the Monica Film Center May 6-12

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“Breathtaking… Enthralling!  It will replenish your hope in mankind and nature.” Avi Offer – Rotten Tomatoes

“Love They Nature” the award-winning film narrated by Liam Neeson, appearing in 50+ cities around the United States, will be at the Monica Film Center in Santa Monica.

Film Screening Dates & Times

When: May 6th-12th – 12:20pm, 2:40pm, 5:00pm, 7:20pm, 9:40pm

Where:  Monica Film Center, 1332 2nd street, Santa Monica, CA

VIEW THE POWERFUL TRAILER, CLICK HERE!

The film points to how deeply mankind has lost touch with nature and takes us on a cinematic journey through the beauty and intimacy of our vital relationship with the natural world.  It shows that a renewed connection with nature is key not only to our well being, but also to solving our climate and environmental crises.

See details on after screening events at the Facebook Event: bit.ly/1RMcRx2 Find tickets here: bit.ly/1VTFA9p

Congratulations to the 2016 Watershed Hero Award Winner: Mound Elementary School

Meet the 2016 Watershed Hero Award Winner — Mound Elementary School. Mound Elementary converted 1,600 square feet of turf into a native plant garden and built an aquaponics greenhouse. They also recycle milk cartons and compost food waste throught the pilot luch-waste recycling program! Congratulations! LtoR: the Watershed Hero Pic of Mound Staff: Brian Hubert (Science Coach), Steve Rowley (5th Grade Teacher), Todd Tyner (Principal), Tracie Fickenscher (VUSD Technology Specialist), Ed Summers (Community Partner)

LtoR: Brian Hubert (Science Coach), Steve Rowley (5th Grade Teacher), Todd Tyner (Principal), Tracie Fickenscher (VUSD Technology Specialist), Ed Summers (Community Partner)

Meet the 2016 Watershed Hero Award WinnerMound Elementary School!

Mound Elementary converted 1,600 square feet of turf into a native plant garden and built an aquaponics greenhouse. They also recycle milk cartons and compost food waste throught the pilot luch-waste recycling program! Congratulations!