BATON ROUGE, LA – March 29, 2019 — Today, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced Baton Rouge’s participation in the 8thAnnual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation.
In 2018, the Wyland Foundation named Baton Rouge the most “water wise” city in the U.S. after residents committed to reduce their water use by 32.7 million gallons. Baton Rouge joined more than 3,800 cities that pledged to conserve a total of 3 billion gallons of water over the course of one year.
This year, in preparation for Louisiana Earth Day 2019, Mayor Broome is challenging Baton Rouge residents to once again pledge to conserve water throughout the year and reaffirm their commitment to sound environmental practices.
“I am excited to once again take part in this nationwide competition and work together to create a more sustainable East Baton Rouge Parish for future generations,” said Mayor Broome. “I hope that residents and students throughout Baton Rouge will join me in defending our ‘water wise’ title as we demonstrate to cities throughout the U.S. our commitment to conserving the limited and valuable natural resources in our community.”
All East Baton Rouge Parish residents are encouraged to participate in the competition, which begins April 1 and ends April 30, by visiting www.mywaterpledge.com/campaign/national-campaign/ during the month of April.
Additionally, Mayor Broome is extending a special challenge to teachers and students in in East Baton Rouge Parish to compete against one another by taking the “My Water” pledge. The school with the largest percentage of its student population to take the pledge will be announced as the competition’s winner via special proclamation from Mayor Broome and receive an Amazon gift card to be used for science classroom supplies.
Teachers can visit brla.gov/mayorschallenge to enroll their classes and download the official competition packet for details and guidelines.
For more information on the school competition, contact Department of Environmental Services School Outreach Coordinator Michael Lowe at [email protected] or (225) 389-3240, ext. 408.