GROUNDWATER FOUNDATION TEAMS WITH RAIN BIRD TO CELEBRATE GREEN SITES

Rain Bird to Give Away $2,000 in Products as Part of Groundwater Guardian Green Site Sponsorship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jennifer Wemhoff
402-434-2740 ext. 107jwemhoff@groundwater.org


LINCOLN, NE (June 13, 2013) – The Groundwater Foundation’s Green Sites program celebrates groundwater stewardship and encourages green spaces to adopt responsible groundwater practices. 2013 program sponsor Rain Bird will give away $2,000 worth of irrigation products to one lucky green space that applies for or renews their Green Site designation by September 16, 2013.

“As strong advocates for responsible water use, Rain Bird appreciates the excellent work that the Groundwater Foundation does each day to ensure sustainable, clean groundwater for future generations,” said Alex Nathanson, corporate marketing brand manager for Rain Bird Corporation. “We hope our involvement will help inspire many more green sites to become part of this very worthwhile program.”

The Groundwater Guardian Green Sites program encourages managers of green spaces—including golf courses, parks, schools and athletic complexes and more—to implement, measure and document their site’s groundwater-friendly practices. Anyone who manages or maintains a green space can apply for the Green Site designation. The application process begins by completing an application form, which awards points based on each site’s current practices related to chemical use, water use, pollution prevention and water quality. Sites that earn a minimum of 70 percent of the total applicable points earn the Green Site designation.

Groundwater Guardian Green Sites receive a number of benefits as a result of their designation, including use of the Green Site logo and name in their promotional materials. Green Sites also receive discounted rates to Groundwater Foundation events, a monthly newsletter, public recognition of their ongoing environmental efforts and much more.

“We designed the Groundwater Guardian Green Sites program to recognize green spaces for their environmental efforts and educate others about the many things these sites do each day to protect our groundwater,” said Jane Griffin, president of the Groundwater Foundation. “Now, with Rain Bird’s generous sponsorship, we hope to encourage even more sites to become groundwater advocates and environmental stewards within their communities.”

The winner of the $2,000 of Rain Bird product will be announced and all Green Sites celebrated at The Groundwater Foundation’s 2013 National Conference, which will be held October 15-17, 2013 at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.

For more information about the Groundwater Guardian Green Sites program, or to download or complete an application form, visit www.groundwater.org. To learn more about Rain Bird’s many water-efficient programs for landscape, golf course and agricultural irrigation, visit www.rainbird.com.

ABOUT THE GROUNDWATER FOUNDATION
The Groundwater Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to educate people and inspire action to ensure sustainable, clean groundwater for future generations. Since its inception in 1985, the Lincoln, Nebraska-based Foundation has developed programs, projects, and resources that have educated youth and adults about the importance of groundwater and ways they can help protect it. For more information about The Groundwater Foundation and its programs, visit www.groundwater.org.
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ABOUT RAIN BIRD CORPORATION 
Headquartered in Azusa, Calif., Rain Bird Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services. From simple beginnings in 1933, Rain Bird now offers the industry's broadest range of irrigation products for farms, golf courses, sports arenas, commercial developments and homes, available in more than 130 countries. Rain Bird has been awarded hundreds of patents, including the first in 1935 for the impact sprinkler. Rain Bird’s philosophy called The Intelligent Use of Water™ is about using water wisely. Its commitment extends beyond products to education, training and services for the industry and the community. Rain Bird maintains state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities around the world. www.rainbird.com.

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