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Hermosa Beach wins Wyland Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation!
by Robert Fortunato on May 3rd, 2011 No Comments

Congratulations, Hermosa Beach

You are Southern California’s Greenest City this Earth Month!

Hermosa Beach, led by Mayor Peter Tucker, has won the title of Southern California’s greenest city for Earth Month. Hermosa Beach fended off strong challenges from Redondo Beach, Gardena, Long Beach, Villa Park, Agoura Hills, Torrance and Monrovia to claim the title after a 30-day competition among Southern California mayors to see whose city could be the most water wise for the month of April.  As part of the competition, residents like you throughout southern California made a series of online commitments on behalf of their city at to save water, energy, and reduce pollution over a one-year period.

Residents of the City of Hermosa Beach pledged the following over the  next year:

Water Saved:  121,540,821.5 gal.

Dollars Saved: $289,285.81

Less in Landfill: 421,711 lbs.

Fertilizer Not in Waste Stream: 19,280 lbs.

Water Bottles Saved: 28,125

Hazardous Waste Avoided: 1,496 lbs.

Oil Saved: 7,312.5 gal.

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Reduced: 3,651,388.8 lbs.

As the city with the highest percentage of residents to make pledges, Hermosa Beach residents who participated will receive prizes ranging from tickets to an Angels Game to Park Hopper Passes to Disneyland to reduced price admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Mayors from more than 20 cities, representing over 1.5 million people, actively participated in the challenge, which was developed by famed artist and conservationist Wyland. The challenge was part of the Earth Month Heroes Campaign to spotlight environmental heroes in our community and to encourage simple changes that residents can make to use water more efficiently. Participating mayors such as Joe Carchio of Huntington Beach, Frank Scotto of Torrance, Bob Foster of Long Beach, Paul Tanaka of Gardena, Dave Leckness of Mission Viejo, and Laura Friedman of Glendale, all launched inter-city public awareness campaigns to promote local interest and participation in the challenge.

Mayor Peter Tucker at GIH groundbreaking. Photo courtesy Chris Miller.

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