Magazine article Landscape & Irrigation

Rain Bird's Eighth Annual Intelligent Use of Water Summit Brings Together Water Conservation Leaders

Magazine article Landscape & Irrigation

Rain Bird's Eighth Annual Intelligent Use of Water Summit Brings Together Water Conservation Leaders

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Conservation experts and green industry professionals convened in Pasadena, Calif., on December 31, 2007 for "The Intelligent Use of Water Summit VIII, A Look at Global Conservation Initiatives and Strategies: Leading By Example," a forum focused on water conservation initiatives and landscape irrigation strategies.

Hosted by Rain Bird Corporation, a manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services, the summit included a four-person panel that discussed the challenges faced by industry professionals and the public, as well as methods designed to foster outdoor water conservation.

"Our commitment extends beyond products to partnering with individuals and organizations around the world who share a similar interest in water efficiency," said Rain Bird Corporate Marketing Director Dave Johnson. "We also seek to educate people about water scarcity issues while developing solutions to potential problems. It is in that spirit that we present these summits and panel discussions."

Members of the panel were chosen for their water conservation expertise in the areas of academia, research, media and landscape design. The panelists were Mike Binns, regional landscape director, Camden Living, Houston; Roger Cook, landscape contractor, This Old House, Burlington, Mass.; Marty Eberhardt, executive director of The Water Conservation Garden and recipient of the 2007 Intelligent Use of Water Award, El Cajon, Calif.; and David Zoldoske, director, Center for Irrigation Technology, Fresno, Calif.

The summit began with Rain Bird's presentation of an award check for $10,000 to Eberhardt for winning the 2007 Intelligent Use of Water Award earlier this year.

"We believe that you need to work on both the emotions and the brain," Eberhardt said of the Garden's mission. …

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