Wyland3-300x289Miami, FL | May 14, 2012

The Wyland Foundation, last week, announced the winners of this year’s National Mayor’s Water Conservation Challenge at an event on Miami Beach where environmental artist Wyland joined members of the community to paint a 400 square foot mural celebrating South Florida marine life.

Taking the top honors among cities divided into four regions (north, south, east and west) was Laguna Beach, CA. The City of Miami Beach placed fourth among cities whose population exceeds 100,000 people.

“We were thrilled to learn we placed in the top five cities this year. Miami Beach has long been a careful steward of our natural resources,” says Jerry Libbin, Miami Beach commissioner and president of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce.

“To know that Miami Beach has been rewarded for its commitment towards water conservation is exciting. To know that the growing number of artificial grass installations by Miami Beach homeowners and hotels played a role in that recognition was particularly rewarding,” says Bernie Torra, co-owner of Easy Grass, LLC.

Conserving water is one of the most important actions we can take to protect this irreplaceable resource, and small actions that people take in their homes can add up to make a big difference,” said U.S. EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for Water, Nancy Stoner.

“Miami Beach joins a growing list of municipalities across the country that are recognizing the powerful environmental benefits of artificial grass, including its most notable attribute water conservation,” adds Torra, “and we’re committed to helping Miami Beach place first in next year’s Challenge.”

About the Wyland Foundation

Founded in 1993 by environmental artist Wyland (best known for his series of 100 monumental marine life murals), the Wyland Foundation (501c3) is actively engaged in teaching millions of students around the country about our oceans, rivers, lakes and streams and the about the importance of caring for our future water supplies, climate and global health.

About Easy Grass

Easy Grass is Florida’s fastest growing provider and installer of artificial grass products that allow for a more earth friendly alternative to natural grass. Beyond the obvious yet powerful water conservation properties, artificial grass provides ground cover that eliminates the regular need for fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides and reduces carbon emissions generated by gas powered lawn care equipment. Easy Grass offers artificial grass products for landscapes, playground, sports and sports fields and golf manufactured by premier brands, SynLawn® and AstroTurf®. To learn more, visit www.easygrass.net “The more you use it, the more sense it makes”