Water Conservation Coalition announces its 2011 Water Hero Awards

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The Water Conservation Coalition presented its 2011 Water Hero Awards to The Howard Hughes Corporation, Caesars Entertainment, Bill Rohret, superintendent, OB Sports Golf Management and past Water Conservation Coalition Chair Peggy Maze-Johnson. The awards recognize businesses and individuals who are making a difference through conservation efforts.

“These companies are at the forefront when it comes to generating real results through conservation and their combined efforts are saving hundreds of millions of gallons of water annually in Southern Nevada,” said Water Conservation Coalition Chair Carmen Gigar.

The Howard Hughes Corporation’s Summerlin master-planned community was the first in Southern Nevada to implement strict Water Smart conservation guidelines on a community-wide basis.  In conjunction with the SNWA, the company’s efforts in Summerlin helped foster public acceptance of low water use landscapes valley wide.  Conservation efforts in Summerlin include the removal of more than 100,000 square feet of turf in roundabouts and allowing turf to be planted only in recreational use areas.

“Summerlin incorporated water smart landscapes into the community design long before it was required,” said Doug Bennett, SNWA conservation manager.  “And, they continue to raise the bar for responsible development.”

Caesars Entertainment has made reducing water consumption a cornerstone of its environmental stewardship efforts.  Multiple conservation approaches have led to a reduction in water use of more than 200 million gallons annually.  Innovative technology utilized at the company’s laundry facility serving its Las Vegas resorts saves 72 million gallons of water a year.

Additional conservation efforts include installing more efficient fixtures, offering a standardized in-room opt-out linen program at their hotels and serving water upon request only in restaurants and at banquets.

At Caesars Entertainment’s Cascata and Rio Secco golf courses, grass in non-playable areas was replaced with drought-resistant landscaping.  The courses were among the first to work with the SNWA to implement its Water Smart Landscape Program.

Bill Bohret is the superintendent at The Legacy Golf Club, managed by OB Sports Golf Management.  He has worked in the golf course industry for more than four decades, including the past 25 years in Las Vegas.  He is a past president of The Southern Nevada Golf Course Superintendents Associations and is a Certified Golf Course Superintendent.

Under Rohret’s leadership, OB Sports Golf Management converted a total of 125 acres of turf to water-efficient desert landscape at Angel Park and The Legacy Golf Clubs in Southern Nevada – enough turf to create a brand new golf course.  Water savings are estimated to be nearly 300 million gallons annually.

Peggy Maze-Johnson is the immediate past chair of the Water Conservation Coalition, which increased in membership, activities and community visibility under her leadership.  She also previously served on the SNWA’s Integrated Water Planning Advisory Committee.

Maze-Johnson has spent more than 30 years in the public arena.  She is a past president of the Las Vegas Branch of the NAACP, past chair of the Nevada Association for Latin Americans, vice-chairman of the Clark County Nuclear Waste Task Force, founding board member for EmergeNevada and has served on the board of Alliance for Nuclear Accountability and Nevada Desert Experience.  She is a member of Hispanics in Politics and League of Women Voters and was previously executive director of Citizen Alert and served on the Winchester Town Advisory Board.

Previous Water Hero Award recipients include KB Home, Metropolitan Laundry and Linen Service, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 525 and Bill Martin, the founding member and longtime chair of the Water Conservation Coalition.

The Water Conservation Coalition, WCC, is a public/private partnership formed by community leaders to help increase water-efficient business practices within the Southern Nevada business community and promote community-wide water conservation.  The WCC provides information and encouragement to business peers in an effort to boost participation in water conservation and incentive programs.  The WCC carries out its mission by providing the community with sound data, education, committed leadership and initiatives that respect our water resources and quality of life in Southern Nevada.

For additional information, please visit www.snwa.com or contact Executive Director Morgan Bunker at 702-933-7777, ext. 308.

Susie Black
702-234-5323 or susan@ffwpr.com

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