US (CA): Monrovia partners with Ecology Action’s WaterLink program

Building on a 50-year commitment to water conservation, Monrovia has partnered with Ecology Action’s WaterLink program to provide plants that will replace 50,000 square-feet of unused, water-guzzling lawns throughout Santa Clara County. Turf replacement with Monrovia waterwise plants will take place at up to 20 Santa Clara County schools and publicly owned facilities in disadvantaged communities disproportionately impacted by pollution and poverty. With the goal of providing valuable paid work and green job training to local youth, the replacement projects will be implemented by California Conservation Corps. The WaterLink project is delivered in partnership with the Santa Clara Valley Water District with California Climate Investments funding through a California Department of Water Resources Water-Energy grant.

According to Ecology Action — a non-profit consultancy that partners with utilities, local and federal government, foundations and communities to help residents to conserve water, use alternative transportation, protect water quality, and save energy — the WaterLink program will lead to the installation of conservation measures that will save an estimated 534.638 million gallons of water and 137,993,089 kWh of energy which will result in an estimated 30,999,331 kg CO2 equivalent in greenhouse gas reduction over the measures’ lifetime.

“Monrovia’s partnership with Ecology Action reflects a decades-long commitment to drastically reducing water usage in our own growing facilities, as well as among gardeners,” said spokesperson Kate Karam. “Water is one of our most precious resources, so no matter how much rain is falling, water conservation is a necessary fact of life — on World Water Day and every day. In addition to partnering with WaterLink to help create waterwise landscapes in California, Monrovia is proud to offer home gardeners a growing selection of low-water plants no matter where they live.”

“Thanks to Monrovia’s generous plant contribution, our community WaterLink projects will be as beautiful as they are waterwise,” said Kirsten Liske of Ecology Action. “Through this program, we’re helping schools in need reduce their water bills into the future by installing beautiful climate resilient landscapes.”

“For almost 50 years, Monrovia has been pioneering water-saving practices at our own growing facilities that have set the standard for the industry,” explained Karam. “Our partnership with WaterLink is the latest chapter in our long commitment to creating beautiful, sustainable landscapes.”

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