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Take Pledge to Conserve Water
Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens is once again challenging Eden Prairie residents to participate in the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. In return residents can win $5,000 toward their utility bills, water-saving fixtures and hundreds of other eco-friendly prizes.
The annual challenge, April 1–30, is a non-profit national community service campaign to see which leaders can best inspire their residents to make a series of informative and easy-to-do online pledges to use water more efficiently, reduce pollution and save energy.
Mayor Tyra-Lukens encourages residents to pledge online at mywaterpledge.com on behalf of Eden Prairie and promise to follow a series of conservation measures. Eden Prairie will compete in the Midwest region, versus other cities with similar populations (30,000-99,000).
“By participating in the challenge, residents are demonstrating that our community is actively engaged in saving water, and recognizes that water conservation and other sustainable practices are necessary to maintain the high quality of life we all enjoy in Eden Prairie,” said Mayor Tyra-Lukens.
Additional resources for residents to take their commitment of conservation even further are available on the mywaterpledge.com website and in the Sustainable Eden Prairie section of the City's website. To learn more about Eden Prairie's Water Conservation Rebate Programs, visit edenprairie.org/WaterRebates.
Eden Prairie's Sustainability Legacy
Efforts to reduce Eden Prairie’s environmental footprint began in earnest after Mayor Tyra-Lukens signed a commitment to action in 2005 at the inaugural Sundance Summit’s Mayors’ Gathering on Climate Protection. This action led to the formation of the City’s Conservation Commission, launching the successfully completed 20-40-15 initiative, achieving Step 5 in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program and receiving an honorable mention for the 2011 Mayors’ Climate Protection Awards.
In its inaugural year, Eden Prairie won the Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation for the Midwest region. Eden Prairie also participates in Earth Hour — the world’s largest public action to stand in solidarity for the protection of our planet — by going dark with the clocks on Eden Prairie's iconic water tower for one hour each year.
Recently, the City launched Sustainable Eden Prairie, an ongoing effort focusing on education and implementation of sustainable practices to protect the environment and natural resources our community enjoys. The City is leading by example and providing a foundation for residents and businesses to carry out sustainable practices in four areas — energy, landscape, waste and water.
In 2017, Mayor Tyra-Lukens joined the Climate Mayors — also known as Mayors National Climate Action Agenda — a network of several hundred U.S. mayors working together to strengthen local efforts for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting efforts for binding federal and global-level policymaking.
The 7th National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is presented by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, with support from the U.S EPA WaterSense, The Toro Company, National League of Cities, Conserva Irrigation, and Earth Friendly Products (makers of ECOS).