The Water Conservation Leadership Awardrecognizes an individual, business, group, or other organization that has demonstrated a commitment to protecting our water resources through water conservation.Any resident, business, group, or other organization in Athens-Clarke County is eligible to apply.
The 2023 Water Conservation Leadsherip Award Winner is Cofer's Home and Garden Showplace. We are pleased to partner with Cofer's to promote the H2grOw Native Plant Collection. Their knowledgeable and friendly staff help customers select the native, drought-tolerant plants within the H2grOw guide. They understand that native plants require less water than non-native plants, and they have a deeper root system, which allows them to access water from deeper in the soil. In 2023, over 220 people redeemed coupons at Cofer's to purchase these plants. With that many people installing gardens of native pollinators over 2 million gallons of water was saved.
The 2022 Water Conservation Leadership Award Winner for a Business is Athens Hardware and Normal Hardware. Both Athens Hardware and Normal Hardwarehave assisted the Water Conservation Office with promotions assisting our customers with wise water use. In the spring, they encourage Athens residents to love their shower, distributing free WaterSense-labeled showerheads provided to them by the Water Conservation Office. In 2021, over 400 showerheads made it into the hands of residents, reducing water use by an estimated 2.4 million gallons annually. They also assisted customers in flipping their flapper - toilet leaks are the biggest leaky culprit in the home, most often due to the faulty flapper. By guiding customers into the proper toilet flapper selection during our promotion, they reduced water loss by an estimated 2.2 million gallons annually.
The 2021 Water Conservation Leadership Award Winner for an Individual is Dr. Brian Schwartz. He oversees a UGA research team in the production of TifTurf, a drought-tolerant bermudagrass. The turfgrass reduces water use by 38% over the most popular varieties. Want to experience the grass? Visit the quad at UGA North Campus and put your toes in it. Thank you, Dr. Schwartz, for your efforts to help us all use water efficiently while maintaining a beautiful lawn.
2020 - Cassidy Lord (Advocacy); Gregg Nagle and Merrily Dunn (Individual); Terrapin Beer Company (Business)
2019 - Michael Brugger (Individual); The Classic Center (Business)
2018 - Audrey Hughes, Hilsman Middle School
2017 - Outback Steakhouse
2016 - Jim and Sandy Whitney
2015 - Pilgrim's
2014 - Hotel Indigo
2013 - Clarke County School District - Fowler Drive Elementary School Renovations and the Gilles Allard Family
2012 - the Benson Hospitality Group and Merial ltd.