Griffith Elementary Undergoes Dramatic Water-Smart Makeover Courtesy of the Water Conservation Coalition

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WHAT:
E.W. Griffith Elementary School students, teachers and staff will start the new school year with a brand-new courtyard complete with a water-efficient landscape design that will help save an estimated 231,000 gallons of water annually.  The school project included the removal of existing turf and creation of a usable space with shade trees, seating and drought tolerant plants.  It has been coordinated and completed by members of the Water Conservation Coalition with funds donated by several Southern Nevada businesses.

The finishing touches will be added to the project on Wednesday, August 24 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., with a celebration luncheon to follow for school staff, project volunteers, supporters and organizers.  The school is located near the Meadows Mall in Las Vegas.

WHEN:          
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

8 a.m. to 11 a.m. work in progress; 11:30 a.m. celebration luncheon and program

WHERE:
E.W. Griffith Elementary School (702) 799-4200
324 Essex Drive, Las Vegas, NV  89107

The Project:

The Water Conservation Coalition is a public-private partnership formed by community leaders to help promote water-efficient business practices and community-wide water conservation.  The Coalition selected Griffith Elementary School for its annual community project and hopes to complete a second phase at the school that will include a vegetable garden. In 2010, the Southern Nevada Water Authority retrofitted Griffith Elementary with low-flow water fixtures and toilets with funding from a federal grant, a move that is estimated to save approximately 308,000 gallons of water annually. Donors to the project include Caesars Entertainment, Station Casinos, The Howard Hughes Corporation, members of the Leadership Las Vegas Class of 2010, Professional Convention Management Association, Pavestone, Hunter Irrigation, Western Elite, Moon Valley Nurseries, Southern Nevada Landscape Association (SNLA), Albert Seeno/Coyote Springs Investment, LLC, Faiss Foley Warren Public Relations and Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck.

Griffith Elementary opened in 1962 and is part of the Focus School Project that matches Clark County schools with businesses, organizations, agencies and individuals to bring needed resources to the students, it is also a Title I school and approximately 70 percent of the school’s 500 students are Hispanic.  It was recognized in 2010 as one of three Clark County School District schools for “exemplary turnaround” under the federal “No Child Left Behind Act” of 2011.

Contact:  Susie Black
Office (702) 933-7777, ext. 305
Cell (702) 234-5323

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