The results are in – the City of Oceanside placed first in the 2021 Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation – earning Oceanside the most waterwise City for the upcoming year! This nation-wide competition promoting water efficiency is especially important as we enter our second year of dry weather in the Southwest. Thank you to those who pledged in April to conserve water, reduce carbon emissions, reduce waste, and other sustainable actions to protect the environment and our community. We could not have done it without each and every one of you! Way to take action and show the nation what a sustainability champion Oceanside is!
Oceanside community members pledged to be more sustainable this year! Participants in the Challenge made a positive impact on our environment and earned over 9,425 points in the Wyland EcoChallenge from logging environmental actions, ranging from using reusable bottles, fixing leaky faucets, taking shorter showers, and planting California native plants and seeds. In total, Oceanside collectively saved 137 pounds of CO2, 32,945 gallons of water, and over 10,000 pounds of trash from entering our landfill and waterways. In total, this is the equivalent to the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced by charging over 36 million smart phones. Amazing job, Oceanside!
Oceanside residents who took the pledge have been entered into a drawing to receive over $3,000 in eco-friendly prizes from the Wyland Foundation. In addition, three Oceanside charities have been entered into a raffle to win a 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. Prizes will be awarded in August, so be sure to visit mywaterpledge.com to see who wins!
Oceanside residents and businesses showed up in big numbers to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability. Thank you to local organizations including MainStreet Oceanside, the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce, Visit Oceanside, ProduceGood, local schools, the North County Lifeline after school program, numerous girl Scout Troops, and others for participating in the Mayor’s Challenge!
Check out the pictures and videos below to see how each of these champions incorporated sustainability into their daily routines during Earth Month.
Congratulations to the winners of the Community Highlight video challenge: Bye Bye Mattress, Misadventure & Co and local resident Franchesa Ramos Ramirez! The City received a dozen entries in the month-long contest, featuring a range of creative sustainability ideas to celebrate Earth Month. A huge thank you to all who participated in the Challenge this year!
Please click here to view all the community highlight videos.
More than 2,200 pounds of produce were donated throughout the month of April, an equivalent to 6,600 fresh servings of fruit to feed the food secure– an outstanding step in making Oceanside a stronger community! If you were unable to stop by the Harvest Oceanside event, you can still help us create a positive impact in our community by scheduling a pick of your extra backyard fruit (like citrus and avocados) with ProduceGood at ProduceGood.org.
WOW! Thank you all for participating in the Virtual Creek to Bay Cleanup! Green Oceanside and 35 volunteers removed about 10,000 lbs of litter and 45 lbs of recycling near the neighborhood of the Crown Heights Community Resource Center and these totals were reported to I Love a Clean San Diego. County wide, 586 cleanups occurred with an estimated 26,392 lbs of trash and 3,208 lbs of recycling were removed by 2,298 volunteers! Amazing to see our community so passionate about keeping litter from entering our waterways.
To learn more about Green Oceanside programs and events during the year, visit www.greenoceanside.org. You can also follow the Green O team on social media, @Oceanside_Water on Instagram and City of Oceanside Water Utilities on Facebook.
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