6th Annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation has begun


“My Water Pledge is a friendly competition between cities across the US to see who can be the most “water-wise.” Mayors nationwide will challenge their residents to conserve water, energy and other natural resources on behalf of their city through a series of informative, easy-to-use pledges online.

Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge in their population category win. Cities will compete in the following population categories: 5,000-29,999, 30,000-99,999, 100,000-299,999, 300,000-599,999, 600,000+). Participants in the winning cities are eligible to win hundreds of prizes. By the way, your mayor doesn’t have to participate for your city to win… But every person makes a difference! Last year, the challenge awarded more than $50,000 in prizes to nearly 1,000 residents in U.S. cities.”

Please pledge daily till April 30, for this national pledge, which started on April 1.  Tucson won 1st place a few years ago in 2013, so your pledging does count:


Tucson is currently in 2nd place, behind Aurora, Colorado (for cities of our size, 300,000 to 599,999). Incentives to pledge & help Tucson win again:

  • If your city wins and you choose to enter the prize drawing, you are eligible to win one of the following prizes:
    • Grand Prize: All-new 2017 Toyota Prius Prime
    • $500 Shopping Spree at a Home Improvement Store
    • 200 Eco-friendly “Green Your Home” Cleaning Kits from Earth Friendly Products (ECOS)
    • 50 TORO XTRA SMART™ ECXTRA™ Landscape Tier & Wireless Weather Sensor
    • 6 Waterpik Chrome EcoRain® Low Flow Rain Shower Heads
    • 6 Waterpik Eco-Flow® 4-Spray Fixed Shower Heads


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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Tucson placed 2nd in our city category, with Aurora, CO winning again for a city our size:

    Congratulations Winning Cities!
    Laguna Beach, California (Population Category 5,000-29,999)
    Flagstaff, Arizona (Population Category 30,000-99,999)
    Athens, Georgia (Population Category 100,000-299,999)
    Aurora, Colorado (Population Category 300,000-599,999)
    Dallas, Texas (Population Category 600,000 and over)

    At least Flagstaff won in smaller city category!

  2. Come on & pledge (daily) Tucson — still in 2nd place. Challenge ends on April 30, in 2 weeks time.

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