Mayor's Office

Press Release

Mayor Parker, Houstonians Join Nationwide Water & Energy Saving Contest
Prizes Include Toyota Prius Hybrid for Pledging to Save Water



April 12, 2012 -- Mayor Annise Parker is joining mayors across the country in asking Houston residents to make a commitment to conserve water, save energy and reduce pollution at In return, residents could win a new Toyota Prius Hybrid, water saving fixtures and hundreds of other prizes.


The Wyland Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation is a nonprofit national community service competition developed by the Wyland Foundation to encourage residents to make online pledges to reduce water and energy usage. Cities are divided into four regions and the highest percentage of residents taking the challenge, WIN!


"Conserving one of our most precious resources will make a tremendous impact benefiting our environment, protecting our children's future and saving Houstonians money," said Mayor Annise Parker. Residents can make a pledge on behalf of their city at:


Participants in the winning cities will be eligible to win prizes, including a Toyota Prius Hybrid, home water makeover kits, and most importantly, participants will see savings in their water and energy use. Residents are encouraged to share what they learn about conservation with their neighbors and community in order to save our water and energy resources and increase cost-savings at home.


The contest runs through April 30, 2012.


About the Wyland Foundation

Founded in 1993 by environmental artist Wyland (best known for his series of 100 monumental marine life murals), the Wyland Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is actively engaged in teaching millions of students around the country about our ocean, rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands. The foundation's latest project, FOCUS (Forests, Oceans, Climate and us) brings together the U.S. Forest Service, NOAA, and numerous non-profits to teach young people about the future of our water supplies, climate and global health. More information at