Take the pledge for National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation



I reported on this pledge last year for Tucsoncitizen.com, and Tucson won first place in our city size (300,000 to 599,999).  Currently Tucson is currently in first place again, so please take the pledge by April 30 and if Tucson wins, you could win a prize as well.  You can check on Tucson’s standing on the website.

Press release below from City of Tucson:


From April 1 through April 30, you can “pledge for Tucson” in the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation

Just go to mywaterpledge.com using your e-mail or Facebook and complete a brief online survey on the ways you can or do save water and energy.

The Challenge, a friendly competition among U.S. cities, is sponsored by the Wyland Foundation, Toyota, and other partners.

Tucson was #1 in its population category in 2013. A Tucson resident won the national grand prize – a Toyota Prius.

Drawings for all prizes are only from the five winning cities. If Tucson wins and you have pledged and entered the prize drawing, you are eligible for:

Toyota Prius Plug-in (one grand prize)

$1000 Shopping Spree at a Home Improvement Store

50 Smart Irrigation Controllers from The Toro Company

40 EcoFlow Showerheads

250 Home Improvement Store Gift Cards ($25 value)


The Wyland Foundation has added a classroom edition of My Water Pledge atmywaterpledge.com/campaign/kids-campaign-2014 to encourage parents to take the pledge with their kids.

Tucson Water’s web page at tucsonaz.gov/water/challenge has background information, videos, and a recap of 2013.

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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. Deadline for this pledge was April 30, at midnight. Looks like Corpus Christi, Texas won first place and Tucson won 2nd place this year, in the City size category of 300,000 to 599,999. thanks to all in Tucson who pledged, better luck next year.

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