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Wyland paints the world's largest flag mural in Destin, Florida

 

Wyland completed the world's largest flag which rests on the roof of famous Whaling Wall 88 in Destin Florida. The impressive mural reaches across nearly 4 acres of the Legendary Marina building. A special dedication ceremony was held to honor the United States military and first responders. 
Special thank you to the Destin community, Legendary Marine, and Sherwin Williams for all your support. 

Hawaii, Alabama, Georgia Schools Win Wyland National Environmental Mural Painting Contest Art challenge encouraged 4900 students in 28 states to explore climate impacts on ocean and local waterways through art and mural painting

Renowned muralist and conservationist Wyland today announced schools in Hanalei, Hawaii, Mobile, Alabama, and Marietta, Georgia, were named the grand prize winners of the Wyland National "Water Is Life" Classroom mural contest. The contest, whose 2015 theme, "Our Coasts and Climate", encouraged students to explore human impacts of changing climate on coastal ecosystems, took place Sept. 25-Nov. 25, and drew more than 4900 students across 28 states. Participating students painted 50 square-foot group murals and individual art depicting a range of marine habitats.

Classroom winners were chosen in three grade categories included Kathleen Petka’s students at Walton High School in Marietta, Georgia (9-12 category); Linda Duffis’ students at Dunbar Creative and Performing Arts Magnet School in Mobile, Alabama, (5-8 category), and Jen Gagen’s fourth grade class at Hanalei Elementary School in Hanalei, Hawaii (K-4 category).
This year’s theme is part of our effort to broaden student understanding about human activities that contribute to climate change,” said Wyland, who brings much of his insights gained from traveling the world into the campaign. “We really encourage students to test their ideas with each other and find creative ways to turn those ideas into visual arts.”
As part of the national "Water Is Life" competition, the Wyland Foundation and its partners provided 100 schools with paint supplies, educational materials, and 50 square foot canvases to look at the economic, cultural and aesthetic value of the world's ocean resources. Additional classes that participated created artworks on other surfaces - from sidewalks to school buildings.
Winning classes receive $250 for art supplies, a signed Wyland artwork, and a chance for a live online painting lesson with Wyland. Program organizers hope the process of interpreting water-based habitats through art will lead students to a greater understanding of their role as future caretakers of the resource.  An individual art contest for grades K-12 was also held concurrently. Details at wylandfoundation.org/artchallenge.
The National "Water Is Life" Classroom mural contest was presented in partnership with Toyota, Fredrix Artist Canvas, Arts & Activities Magazine, National Van Lines, the Michael’s Arts and Crafts Stores, the Toro Company, and Marco Fine Arts.

Toyota, Toro, Texas Land Care, City of Dallas, and Wyland Foundation use native landscaping to create new learning platform for west Dallas school.

Water conservation and a little inspiration. That was all it took this to turn a weedy, unused courtyard at Cochran Elementary School in west Dallas into a water efficient outdoor classroom and native garden that will teach and delight thousands of students for years to come.
The 20,000-square foot project was awarded to the school after the city of Dallas won the 2014 National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, a national community service initiative to promote smart water use in all fifty states. 
The campaign is presented annually by Toyota North America and the Wyland Foundation, with support from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the Toro Company, Bytelaunch, National League of Cities, WaterSmart Software and Dallas-based landscape firm, Texas Land Care.
The Cochran project, which officially broke ground on April 9 with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, refashioned the interior courtyard at the school with Texas native trees, plants, and grasses, decomposed granite pathways, low-cost water efficient irrigation and weather sensors, and student gardens for each grade.

“This is a great example of how we can rethink the way we use water in our communities,” 
                                            - Wyland
"The combination of smart irrigation, climate appropriate plants, and sensible landscaping at the Cochran School project not only help stretch limited supplies of water, it opens up more space for students to learn about and discover nature.” Despite record rainfall this summer, drought conditions still loom over much of Texas. The use of Texas native plants as part of the Cochran project means less fertilizer, reduced runoff and water pollution, less need for maintenance, and provides students with an opportunity to learn about the Texas prairie and other associated plant communities as they tend to their individual gardens. 
Robert Farnsworth, chair of horticulture and landscape design at Saddleback College in California, who specializes in water efficient landscape design, provided design services for the project. 
Texas Land Care of Dallas and the Toro Company contributed installation services and irrigation, respectively, with underwriting for the project from the Wyland Foundation, Toyota, and a grant from Melody and David Howell.
The drip irrigation system provided by Toro will establish the native plants and trees and sustain them in periods of severe rainfall shortage by applying water at ground level under a mulch layer where evaporation and wind have little effect. The system will be monitored by a Toro Evolution control system with an on-site weather sensor that adjusts the watering times and levels based on actual weather conditions, eliminating unnecessary watering and turning off the irrigation system during rain or freezing weather. 
As a result, the school can expect to save over 250,000 gallons of water a year versus a conventional irrigated lawn area of the same size. “Prior to this, the school’s courtyard relied only on rainwater, but it was not functional for use by the school,” said Steve Creech, executive director of the Wyland Foundation. “Now, with minimal cost, it becomes a multi-use landscape for student to nurture and discover for years to come.”

Del Mar Pines School wins K-4 Wyland Mural Art Challenge

Del Mar Pines School in Carmel Valley has won an award from the 2014 Water is Life Art and Mural Challenge by the Wyland Foundation. The contest theme was "Our Ocean" and drew 3,500 students from across the country.

Sea turtle in a mural painted by students at Del Mar Pines elementary school students, Jan 2014 .

Sea turtle in a mural painted by students at Del Mar Pines elementary school students, Jan 2014 .

The winning mural displays the message "Protect Our Ocean" and features three sea turtles swimming. Students and their art teacher, Tanya Robinson, chose sea turtles because of the dramatic drop in their population in recent decades.

The Spanish message "Protect It" signifies the importance of collaborating with Mexico to help protect the sea turtles from extinction, as well as reaching out to this region’s large Hispanic population.

The students used pointillism painting for the turtles, using a variety of colors. Children’s hand prints were also used to create coral on the sea floor.

"It’s nice that we made something that put an impression on people, that we really did care about the ocean," said Del Mar Pines student Sophie Uchitel. "It’s important that we get this message out."

Del Mar Pines will receive $250 for art supplies from the Wyland Foundation, which was founded by artist Robert Wyland. They plan to donate the award to a local hospital so sick children can have the opportunity to create art.

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Wyland Foundation Welcomes The Toro Company

Wyland Foundation Announces Water Conservation Awareness Partnership with the Toro Company  Wyland FoundationWyland Wyland Foundation Announces Water Conservation Awareness Parnership with The Toro Company

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — With water conservation a top of mind issue among millions of Americans, the Wyland Foundation and The Toro Company today announced a new outreach partnership to promote the efficient use and responsible stewardship of this precious resource.

The announcement expands the relationship between the two organizations, which began working together in 2014 on the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation, a national competition among cities nationwide to see who can be the most "water wise." The competition asks mayors across the county to encourage residents to make a series of pledges online aimed at drastically slashing water and energy use. This year residents from 3,600 cities across the United States made water conservation pledges.

"The Toro Company has demonstrated its commitment to the efficient use of water over and over again," said Wyland, renowned artist, conservationist, and founder of the Wyland Foundation. "They share our belief that innovation and creativity can not only make people's lives better, they can protect the natural resources that we all depend on."

The partnership will include expanding awareness of the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation through Toro's corporate channels and distribution networks, outreach campaigns utilizing the Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Center, a 1,000 square foot science museum on wheels featuring a running river, video microscopes, computer model simulations, a 40 person onboard theater dedicated to raising understanding of urban runoff, and a city scape model with actual falling rain. Additionally, the partnership will extend the mutual goal of raising awareness about the importance of efficient water use through community events, trade shows, school presentations and art contests.

Since 1993, the non-profit Wyland Foundation has set the standard for environmental outreach, teaching millions of students around the world to become caring, informed stewards of our ocean, rivers, lakes, estuaries, and wetlands. The foundation's efforts had led to strategic alliances with the U.S. Olympic Team, United Nations, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National League of Cities, U.S. Forest Service, Toyota, and Walt Disney Studios. The Toro partnership builds on this tradition of bringing together public and private agencies to support conservation efforts across the nation.

Water Conservation Tour Primes Mayors for April Challenge

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Organizers of the upcoming National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation are embarking on an 8-state U.S. educational tour Mar. 5- April 16, 2013 to remind people around the country how the conservation and recycling of this vital resource is one of the single best solutions for a sustainable future.

 

The centerpiece of the tour is the Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Experience, a 1,000 square foot interactive exhibit on wheels solely dedicated to demonstrating the many ways water shapes our lives. The traveling exhibit uses interactive models - from an onboard running river to a 40 person theater with computer controlled special effects - to explore our nation's complex relationship with its water resources. The tour will stop at schools and community events in the Midwest, Northeast, South, and the West.

 

"The Mayor's Challenge encourages adults to become more water wise," said environmental artist Wyland. "This cross-country educational tour allows us to share that message at schools, community centers, and festivals, as well."

 

Presented nationally by the Wyland Foundation and Toyota, with support from the National League of Cities, CH2M Hill WaterMatch, Rain Bird Corporation, Lowe's Home Improvement stores, US Environmental Protection Agency, and the US Forest Service, the tour will prepare residents for the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation, a non-profit competition, April 1-30, that challenges city leaders to see who can best inspire their residents to make a series of online pledges to reduce water and energy usage. Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge are entered in drawings for hundreds of environmentally friendly prizes, including a Toyota Pries c Hybrid, water saving fixtures, and gift certificates to Lowe's Home Improvement stores.

 

For the first time, mayors and elected officials who participate in the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation can earn additional prizes for their residents if their cities win. A second prize drawing for a $1,000 Lowe’s shopping spree will be held among all participants, regardless if a city is among the six winning cities. Last year, residents who participated in the challenge pledged to reduce their water use by 4.7 billion gallons.

Toyota and Wyland Foundation to Launch Second Annual National Water Conservation Challenge

 

TORRANCE, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2013) – Toyota is continuing its partnership with Wyland Foundationto promote resource conservation and the importance of sustainability leading up to and throughout Earth Month in April.

 

Founded by renowned marine artist Wyland, the Wyland Foundation brings attention to the importance of healthy oceans and waterways, aligning with Toyota’s commitment to global sustainability and environmental stewardship. The Wyland Foundation, in association with Toyota, will hold The National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation throughout April and ask U.S. residents to sign an online pledge at www.mywaterpledge.comto conserve water and resources. Cities with the highest percentage of residents who make thecommitment are entered to win hundreds of environmentally friendly prizes, including a Toyota Prius c, water-saving fixtures and gift certificates. The challenge is also supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National League of Cities, CH2M Hill's WaterMatch, Rain Bird Corporation, Lowe's Home Improvement storesand the U.S. Forest Service.

 

New to the challenge this year is the Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Experience, a 1,000-square foot interactive exhibit which demonstrates the ways water shapes human lives. The traveling exhibit features interactive models – from an onboard running river to a 40-person theater with computer-controlled special effects – to explore the nation's complex relationship with its water resources.  Kicking off at the beginning of March, the tour will travel across the U.S., visiting schools and community events.

 

"Toyota recognizes that global sustainability depends on partnerships with organizations like the Wyland Foundation to help share information in innovative ways,” said Michael Rouse, vice president of diversity, philanthropy and community affairs for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.  "We hope both the national pledge and the interactive exhibits build awareness around the value of environmental stewardship and the impact individuals can make.”

 

For the first time, mayors and elected officials who participate in the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation can earn additional prizes for their residents if their cities win. A second prize drawing for a $1,000 Lowe’s shopping spree will be held among all participants, regardless if a city is among the six winning cities. Last year, residents who participated in the challenge pledged to reduce their water use by 4.7 billion gallons.

 

“The additional support from Toyota and the cross-country educational tour will allow us to share the value of water conservation with even more residents this year,” said artist Wyland. “There is no city that managing water resources won’t touch in the future. These personal commitments and educational efforts are one piece of an important effort to save our waterways.”

Gray Whale Season Cause for Celebration

 

DANA POINT, Calif. –The migration season for the magnificent Gray Whales officially begins for Dana Wharf on Friday, Nov. 23 and continues through the end of April. Dana Wharf Whale Watching offers several daily excursions to view and learn about the massive creatures as they migrate south toward the warm waters of Mexico. 

 

As the originator of whale watching in Orange County, Dana Wharf provides whale watchers unique experiences by offering year round excursions aboard comfortable boats with experienced, knowledgeable captains who narrate and inform on all sightings.

 

Dana Point is known as a landmark for whale sightings, and Dana Wharf Whale Watching provides an unforgettable experience to passengers for viewing Gray Whales during their natural migration.  The “Grays” have been known to spy hop, breach, and fluke as they make their way toward warmer waters for the winter. Dana Wharf’s two-hour whale watching cruises provide the chance to see these beautiful creatures as well as large pods of dolphin, sea lions, birds and other exciting marine life.  Unlike other marine mammals, Gray Whales are only here for a short few months.

 

Expert captains and certified naturalists narrate each excursion, detailing the whales’ movements through their natural migration path.  Every trip is a new and different adventure, but all showcase the beauty of the Pacific Ocean world right here, off the coast of Dana Point.

 

Excursions depart at 10AM, 12 Noon and 2PM daily.  Prices for adults are $45, seniors 55 years and older $35, $25 for kids (ages 3–12), and children 2 and under are always free.  Most trips are aboard the impeccable 95’ Dana Pride, featuring indoor seating and upper deck viewing areas, a full cash bar and galley snacks served with a smile.  Two hour cruises to view marine life aboard the newest addition to our fleet, the Ocean Adventures Catamaran; a local’s favorite is also priced at above rates.   Those looking for a deal can come on the famous half priced Tuesday where all tickets are half price!

 

Back by popular demand: Exclusive WYLAND ART LESSON IN THE WILD Program:Returning in January, a groundbreaking partnership continues.  Wyland, the renowned environmental artist has teamed up with Dana Wharf to offer Wyland Dolphin and Whale Adventures, “Art Lessons in the Wild.”  Passengers learn how marine wildlife inspired Wyland to create some of the best-known paintings and sculptures of our lifetime. Before each 10am Whale Watching excursion on Saturdays and Sundays, children will get an art lesson from Wyland, via video feed. This cruise also includes pre boarding at 9am. Each child participating will be charged $5.00 with proceeds going to the Wyland Foundation. All art materials are provided. All children’s art will be entered into a contest to win prizes including the grand prize – a private whale watching charter with famed marine artist Wyland as your guide! The mission of Wyland’s foundation is to give children the tools they need to become more creative, positive, and solution-oriented through public art programs.

 

Dana Wharf and Wyland also have several other surprises for visitors during the contest months. Trips will sell out and advance reservations are required.

Stella's Whale Migration Launches in Florida

KEY LARGO, Fla. -- Children across Florida are taking part in a unique exercise in goal setting to help Stella — a near life-size illustration of a baby right whale — migrate 700 miles from one end of the state to the other.

 

Famed muralist Wyland and South Florida school children created the giant painting in spring 2012 as part of an effort to draw attention to the plight of the endangered North Atlantic right whale whose numbers have dwindled in recent years to less than 400 animals. To mirror the average traveling distance in a right whale's migration, Stella will stop every twenty miles at schools and children's centers, starting Oct. 14 in Key Largo and concluding Nov. 17 at the Right Whale Festival in Jacksonville.

 

Organizers including the Wyland Foundation, Harbor Branch Oceanographic at Florida Atlantic University, Florida Blue, Kids Eat Right and the Florida YMCA will host multi-media presentations with educators, nutritionists, and marine mammal experts at each school. Every stop will include a photo opportunity with Stella, and activities for students to use Stella's journey to identify their own goals for environmental conservation, health and wellness, and academic success.

 

"Stella gives students a chance to understand the perilous migration that whales undertake every year from their calving areas off Florida to the feeding grounds off Nova Scotia," says Wyland. "Her journey gives us a unique way of understanding the importance of overcoming obstacles to achieve goals."

 

Stella’s journey can be followed on twitter by following the hash tag #stellathewhale, on Facebook at facebook.com/thewylandfoundation and on the web at www.wylandfoundation.org/stellasmigration. The website features an interactive board for schools to upload photos of Stella's visit to their institution, an animated map of Stella's journey, a video of Stella's creation, and teacher information kits with art contest materials, environmental science lessons, health and wellness tips, and activities about academic goal setting. The website also features submissions to the “Stella’s Journey” art contest open to students grades K – 8th from across the state of Florida. Submissions will use the theme of Stella's migration to depict the importance of setting goals for healthier living and a healthier environment.

 

Schools are invited to participate in Stella’s Migration on a first-come first served basis. The first twenty schools to participate will be entered into a drawing for an in-school visit from the Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Center, a 1,000-square foot environmental science museum on wheels. Stella's migration is underwritten by Florida Blue, the Wyland Foundation, and proceeds from the Protect Florida Whales license plate. Other sponsors include Toyota, Fredrix Artist Canvas, and National Van Lines.

 

Stella’s Tour

Key Largo- Jacksonville October- November 2012

·       Key Largo:                             October 13

·       Miami:                                     October 15

·       Ft. Lauderdale:                     October 16

·       Boca Raton:                          October 17

·       Delray Beach:                      October 18

·       Palm Beach:                         October 19

·       Port St. Lucie:                      October 24

·       Ft. Pierce:                               October 25

·       Weekend Stop                    October 27

·       Melbourne:                           October 29

·       Kissimmee:                           October 30-31

·       Winter Haven:                    November 1

·       Tampa:                                 November 2

·       Lakeland:                               November

·       Dade:                                        November 6

·       Clermont:                               November 7

·       Orlando:                                  November 8

·       Leesburg:                               November 9

·       Ocala:                                       November 13

·       Gainesville:                          November 14

·       Lakeside:                                November 15

·       Jacksonville:                        November 17

60 Ocean Leaders call on President Obama and Governor Romney to protect the Blue in our red, white and blue

 

In a letter delivered to their campaigns on August 14 leaders in marine exploration, conservation, law, science, media and business have called on Presidential candidates Barak Obama and Mitt Romney to recognize the economic and environmental benefits of protecting America’s coasts and oceans and asked them to commit to four broad action areas.

 

In the international arena these include supporting global initiatives and agreements to restore fish and wildlife, reduce pollution, establish marine wilderness parks and encourage scientific collaboration.

 

Domestically it calls for an ocean policy to coordinate the work of federal agencies responsible for the ocean with local, state and regional efforts now underway to assure healthy seas and sound planning for our public waters.  It also calls for adequate funding of frontline agencies involved in marine stewardship, exploration and law-enforcement including the U.S. Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

 

As leaders and representatives of millions of concerned Americans they are looking forward to the candidates’ responses and will share that information once it becomes available.  The letter can be found below or online via Blue Frontier Campaign’s website at http://www.bluefront.org/wordpress/?p=3865.

 

For more information or follow up please contact David Helvarg, Executive Director, Blue Frontier Campaign at Helvarg@bluefront.org  202-491-6296

 

Sawdust Festival Goes Green

LAGUNA BEACH (July 24, 2012) – The Sawdust Festival celebrated the environment Saturday with arts, crafts and activities.

The fifth annual Green Day came to the festival grounds in Laguna Canyon. Attendees took part in crafts inspired by nature and recycling, as well as working together to create a mural with the Wyland Foundation. The Laguna Beach Garden Club organized an exchange of plant slips.

http://www.ocregister.com/news/festival-365212-beach-crafts.html

WYLAND FOUNDATION AND TOYOTA ANNOUNCE WINNING CITIES OF MAYOR’S WATER CONSERVATION CHALLENGE

Miami -- (May 3, 2012) – The Wyland Foundation and Toyota today announced the 12 winning cities of the 2012 National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, an online competition held throughout April that encouraged residents in all 50 states to conserve water, save energy and reduce pollution. The winning cities are:

  • Laguna Beach, California
  • Victoria, Minnesota
  • South Shore, Kentucky
  • Charlestown, New Hampshire
  • Manhattan Beach, California
  • Eden Prairie, Minnesota
  • Fort Pierce, Florida
  • Quakertown, Pennsylvania
  • Greeley, Colorado
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Toms River, New Jersey

The Wyland Foundation, founded by renowned environmental artist Wyland, created the Challenge with Toyota in honor of the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the primary federal law protecting water resources in the United States. Organizations spearheading the effort also include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water, U.S. Forest Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, WaterPik, Rain Bird, Lowe’s, STERLING Plumbing, PADI and Project AWARE.

 

“We had two goals for the National Mayor’s Challenge,” said artist and environmentalist Wyland, who spearheaded the project. “It brings communities together and gets people thinking about simple ways to take their commitment to conservation even further.”

 

The Challenge divided cities into four regions (West, Midwest, South and Northeast) and categorized them by population according to ZIP Codes (5,000-30,000 residents, 30,001-100,000 residents, 100,000+ residents). Cities with the highest percentage of residents within the city's ZIP code boundaries who made online pledges at www.mywaterpledge.com to reduce their water use were recognized as the winners.  Participants in the winning cities will now be entered into a drawing to win more than $50,000 in prizes, including the Grand Prize of a Toyota Prius c Hybrid, as well as custom-designed sprinkler systems from Rain Bird, Eco-Flow Showerheads from WaterPik, water-saving toilets from STERLING Plumbing, and 1,000 gift cards for Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores.

 

“Toyota congratulates all of the winners of the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation, and we thank the Wyland Foundation for creating a fun and innovative program to show how easy it can be to conserve water,” said Michael Rouse, vice president of philanthropy and community affairs for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.

 

“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. “EPA was proud to partner with the Wyland Foundation and Toyota on this challenge and congratulates the winning cities, and everyone who participated.”

 

To celebrate the winners of the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, the Wyland Foundation and Toyota hosted an event on May 3 in Miami Beach where Wyland joined members of the community to paint a 400-square-foot marine life mural celebrating South Florida marine life.

 

Toyota’s support of the Wyland Foundation is part of the automobile company’s long-standing commitment to sustainability. Toyota engages the public through a variety of environmental initiatives as part of the company’s commitment to impactful environmental stewardship. To learn more about how Toyota supports sustainability, please visit www.toyota.com/about/environment.

 

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates   10 manufacturing plants.  Toyota directly employs over 30,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design.

Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed over half a billion dollars to philanthropic programs in the U.S. 

 

For more information on Toyota's commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit http://www.toyota.com/philanthropy.      

 

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, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is actively engaged in teaching millions of students around the county about our ocean, rivers, lakes streams, and wetlands. The foundation's latest project, FOCUS (Forests, Oceans, Climate – and us) brings together the U.S. Forest Service, NOAA, and numerous non-profits to teach young people about the future of our water supplies, climate, and global health.  www.wylandfoundation.org

Share Your Nominations for Southern California's 2012 Earth Month Heroes

Deadline to nominate is Sunday, March 25, 2012

 

Toyota, KCBS2, and the Wyland Foundation are seeking inspiring environmental stewards in Southern California to be recognized throughout the month of April as Earth Month Heroes. Earth Month Heroes are individuals, of any age, occupation, or walk of life, who have gone out of their way to make Southern California a better place to live. Maybe you know someone who was recently awarded a grant for a sustainability program? A friend who is reconnecting young people with nature? A company that has overhauled its operations to create a greener workplace or reduce the environmental impact of its supply chain?

 

What makes an Earth Month hero?  A few examples:

- A neighbor who demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to living a sustainable lifestyle.

- A teacher who uses innovative methods in the classroom to inspire students about conservation.

- A company or company "go-green initiative" that is making a difference.

- A group or individuals behind a city program to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality, save energy.

 

Tell us! We want to know! 

Up to 30 award winners in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura Counties and the Inland Empire will each receive $250 from the Wyland Foundation to donate to the environmental charity of their choice, with one grand prize winner receiving $1,000. Winners will be profiled on the KCBS2 / KCAL9 web site throughout the month of April. Send an email with the name and contact information (phone number and email address) of your nominee(s) to info@wylandfoundation.org and tell us in under 250 words why they should be named an "Earth Month Hero". 

Calling all mayors - A challenge for water

National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation, March 30-April 30, asks mayors to take leadership role for future of water 

With the nation facing $1 trillion in water infrastructure improvements in the next 20 years, a group of federal, non-profit, and local organizations are asking mayor's across the nation to compete next month to see who can inspire the most residents in their cities to become the most "water wise." 

The mayors earn bragging rights about winning the Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, a non-profit competition, March 30-April 30, to see which leaders can best inspire their residents to make a series of informative, easy-to-use online pledges aimed at drastically slashing water and energy use across the nation — and in return residents can win a new Toyota Prius Hybrid, water saving fixtures, and hundreds of other prizes. The program is in support of the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act. 

“The mayor's challenge gives communities a way to come together for one very important reason — the future of our planet,” says famed marine artist Wyland, who piloted the Mayor’s Challenge concept to more than 200 South Florida and Southern California cities in 2009 and 2011. “We see mayors making gentleman's bets over who will win college football games. Here's a way for them to take on an even more important challenge in a friendly, competitive way.” 

With support from Toyota, US EPA, US Forest Service, NOAA, National Geographic Explorer in Residence Dr. Sylvia Earle, and eco-conscious companies, mayors nationwide are encouraged to challenge their residents to conserve water, save energy, and reduce pollution on behalf of their city at www.mywaterpledge.com throughout the month of April. The cities of Los Angeles, Honolulu, Redondo Beach, and Honolulu were among the first to accept the challenge. Other mayors are following suit by issuing council resolutions, creating steering committees, and using the city’s “highest” seat to urge their residents to save water, energy, and reduce pollution. 

Cities will be divided into four regions (West, Midwest, South and Northeast) and categorized by population (5,000-30,000 residents, 30,001-100,000 residents, 100,000+ residents). Cities with the highest percentage of residents who take the challenge win. Participants in the winning cities will be eligible to win over $50,000 in prizes, including a Toyota Prius Hybrid, custom-designed sprinkler systems from Rainbird, Eco-Flow Showerheads from WaterPik, Sterling water-saving toilets, and hundreds of gift cards from Lowe's. Residents will also discover resources in their area to take their commitment of conservation even further, from regional water and energy resource issues to cost-saving tips at home. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Mayor's can participate by signing online letter of support. For information, cities can call 949 643-7070 or email info@wylandfoundation.org and request participation information.

May is for Maddie: Ocean-minded charities come together to share a young girl's love of the oceans with underserved schools

Thousands of children who live near the coast lack transportation to see our planet's greatest natural wonder. But in May two Southern California charities will work together to bring the ocean to the children.

 
The Wyland Foundation has partnered with The Maddie James Foundation for May is for Maddie, a month-long campaign to inspire children in underserved communities about the conservation of our watersheds and ocean. The groups will donate a daylong "ocean" experience to seven Title I schools throughout Southern California. Participating schools will receive multi-media assembly presentations about art and the ocean and visits by the famed "Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Center," a 1000 square foot interactive exhibit featuring actual rain over a city landscape, a running river, computer model simulations, and a 40-person onboard multi-sensory theater.
 
"Children are fascinated by the ocean," said famed environmentalist and artist Wyland. "But many children who live in surrounding communities never get to see the ocean, nor do they understand the tremendous impact their community has on ocean health.  The Wyland Foundation and The Maddie James Foundation complement each other perfectly to educate youth on ocean preservation."
 
The tour honors the memory of Maddie James, a 5-year old girl who passed away in 2011 due to an inoperable brain tumor. Maddie's love for the ocean inspired the namesake foundation, which partners with ocean-minded charities to bring the understanding about the ocean to children around the country. 
 
 "Maddie's two greatest loves were the ocean and art.  Teaming with the Wyland Foundation to educate children who have little exposure to the ocean is an important step toward increasing ocean conservation awareness in youth," said Kajsa James, Maddie's mother and President of The Maddie James Foundation.
 
Participating schools will receive a lesson plan and an opportunity for up to 300 students to learn, explore, and get wet inside the water exhibit, which has traveled to more than 17 states, as well as Mexico, since it was created in 2007. Upon entering the mobile learning center, students become new recruits to the Clean Water Challenge (CWC) Task Force. Their mission: To solve mysterious disturbances in the health of our nation's water habitats via a 4D theater experience and hands-on science activities. With an array of film, science, and hands-on activities, this mobile outreach experience is unlike anything on the road today.
 
About Maddie James Foundation
The mission of The Maddie James Foundation is to support the construction and ongoing operation of The Maddie James Seaside Learning Center at Dana Point's Ocean Institute -- one of Maddie's favorite places. The foundation also partners with other ocean-minded charities and groups committed to bringing the ocean to children around the country, regardless of circumstance, to show them its many wonders and the importance of its preservation through dynamic educational programs. The Maddie James Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity organization. For more information and to make a donation to The Maddie James Foundation, please visit http://maddiejamesfoundation.org/.  Follow The Maddie James Foundation on Twitter and on Facebook. 

 

MARINE MURALIST WYLAND TEAMS WITH DANA WHARF TO DEBUT LANDMARK WYLAND DOLPHIN AND WHALE ADVENTURES “ART LESSONS IN THE WILD”

MARINE MURALIST WYLAND TEAMS WITH DANA WHARF

TO DEBUT LANDMARK WYLAND DOLPHIN AND WHALE ADVENTURES “ART LESSONS IN THE WILD”

Exclusive Trips Provide Hands-On Art Instruction in Drawing Like Wyland

 

DANA POINT, Calif. – Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching – www.DanaWharf.com will debut the landmark Wyland Dolphin and Whale Adventures, “Art Lessons in the Wild,” Saturday, February 4th featuring a hands-on art lesson from famed marine muralist and environmentalist Wyland. Participating kids will board Dana Wharf’s 63-foot catamaran, the Ocean Adventure, and take part in a 20-minute art activity with complimentary art supplies and video instruction from Wyland. A Whale Watching trip will follow the art lesson. Children can enter their art in an end-of-season contest for the most accurate portrayal of marine mammals to be judged by Wyland. The winning child and family will receive a Whale Watching trip accompanied by Wyland aboard the Ocean Adventure. Other prizes awarded to art winners include $50 Gift Cards to Wyland’s Gallery gift shop, and Whale Watching tickets.  Every child who participates will also receive a coupon for a gift from Wyland Gallery that they can redeem in Laguna Beach.
 

A portion of proceeds from tickets sales from the whale watching excursions will benefit the non-profit Wyland Foundation for marine conservation education and outreach to underserved communities. The Wyland Foundation has served more than 1 million children since 1993:

 

“The Ocean Adventures will give kids a special opportunity to witness the beauty of the ocean and the best viewing platform to see the whales and dolphin they will be drawing," said Wyland, who was recently commissioned by the United Nations for a series of stamps celebrating the oceans. "The mission of these special events and the Wyland Foundation is to give children the tools they need to become more creative, positive, and solution-oriented through public art programs."

 

Tickets are $59.00 for adults and $44.00 for children, ages 14 and under. Tickets can be purchased at Dana Wharf – www.DanaWharf.com Trips are a limited engagement, scheduled for February on the weekends, with two trips a day, each lasting three hours.  Groups may privately charter the boat, and a larger donation will be made to the Wyland Foundation.  Although it’s perfect for corporate outings, no art contest is involved for adults. 

 

Dana Wharf donates thousands of free trips every year to schools and youth groups to get kids out on the water to experience the thrill of seeing marine life. Wyland Foundation also donates to schools and youth organizations to keep art lesson opportunities in schools so that every child can have the chance to express his or her creative energy.

 

Dana Wharf and Wyland also have several other surprises for visitors during the month. Trips will sell out and advance reservations are required. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Wyland’s Foundation. For more on the foundation visit http://www.wylandfoundation.org/

 

Dana Wharf Sportfishing

Dana Wharf is celebrating over 40 years of Whale Watching, as the original, family-owned and operated whale watching landing in South Orange County.  We remind you that in May we will celebrate our Birthday, and we will have an amazing rollback to the 1970s pricing.

Wyland Foundation Honored with the Outstanding Contributions to Education Award from the Orange County Department of Education

 

COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA, NOVEMBER 17, 2011 -- The Orange County Board of Education and County Superintendent of Schools, William M. Habermehl, presented four Outstanding Contributions to Education (OCTE) awards at the monthly board meeting on November 17, 2011. The OCTE program honors administrators, teachers, clerical staff, specialists, crossing guards, nurses, bus drivers, Parent Teacher Associations (PTA), volunteers, business leaders, and community organizations that have made significant contributions to education. Awards are presented six times annually and nominations are received year-round. The program, which began in the early 1980s, has made an impact in the community by acknowledging the value of giving and honoring those who have offered their time and talents to support education in schools throughout Orange County.

 

November 17 Honorees:

 

Gregg Goodhart, Fine Arts Chairman, revitalized the music history course, added a course in music theory, and instituted the first ever guitar program at Servite High School. He was the only music teacher on campus when he began in 2000, and since then he has developed a vibrant college preparatory music program, including a band and choir, as well as offerings in classical guitar.

Mr. Goodhart is a nationally recognized guitar teacher. He was awarded the Outstanding School Music Teacher of the Year 2009 by the American String Teacher’s Association Los Angeles/Orange County Chapter. He founded and currently serves as a member of the Pre-College Education Committee for the Guitar Foundation of America.

Dr. Jack Bedell, Board Member, stated, “We are pleased to honor Mr. Goodhart for his dedicated work that has enabled students to participate in the wonderful world of music. His perseverance has resulted in a music program that not only motivates and encourages students to develop important skills, but also enriches the lives of individuals through appreciation of the arts.”

 

Sylvia Mendez, is an educational motivator who speaks at schools and forums regarding her parents’ fight for desegregation of schools in California. Her father, Gonzalo Mendez, a Mexican immigrant, and her mother, Felicitas Mendez, a Puerto Rican immigrant, fought so that Sylvia could have an equal education through the landmark court case battle, Mendez v. Westminster. When Sylvia was in third grade, she and her siblings were denied admission to the segregated school near their Orange County home. The Mendez family fought back, and their 1947 victory desegregated public schools in California and became an example for broader decisions, such as the Brown v. Board of Education case.

In 1998, the Santa Ana Unified School District honored the Mendez family by naming a new school the Gonzalo and Felicitas Mendez Fundamental Intermediate School. On April 14, 2007, the U.S. Postal Service unveiled a stamp commemorating the Mendez v. Westminster case. This year, Sylvia Mendez was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, presented by President Barack Obama, and an exhibit honoring Mendez v. Westminster opened at the Old Courthouse Museum in Santa Ana. Known as ‘A Class Act,’ this exhibit is sponsored by the Museum of Teaching and Learning.

David Boyd, Board Member, stated, “We appreciate Sylvia Mendez and her family for the very important role they served in the history of education in Orange County and throughout the United States. Sylvia’s work continues to keep this piece of Orange County history alive and at the forefront of education programs.”

 

Orange County Business Council. For more than 100 years, the Orange County Business Council and its predecessor organizations have promoted economic development countywide and served as the voice of business in America’s sixth largest county representing businesses with nearly 250,000 employees in Orange County and 2 million nationwide.

Of special recognition is Orange County Business Council’s contribution to education through the Latino Education Attainment (LEA) initiative. LEA works to assist Latino parents by providing them with strategies to advocate for their children, and to spark the importance of education in Latino neighborhoods.  

Dr. Long Pham, Board Vice President, stated, “The Latino Education Attainment Initiative is dedicated to unifying the community, students, and parents to produce a highly skilled workforce for the future. This important program works to create neighborhood-based groups that provide navigational skills to parents in all areas of education.”

 

Wyland Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, was founded in 1993 by marine life artist, Wyland, to promote, protect, and preserve the world’s oceans, waterways, and marine life. The foundation encourages environmental awareness through education programs, life-size public arts projects, and community events. Since its inception, Wyland and the Wyland Foundation have painted 100 life-size marine murals known as the Whaling Walls and brought environmental art and education events to over one million children in the United States and in countries across the globe.

The Wyland Foundation uses art, science, and creativity to support an understanding of the importance of healthy oceans and waterways and is committed to giving children the tools they need to become more creative, positive, and solution-oriented individuals.

Elizabeth Parker, Board President, stated, “The Wyland Foundation is sharing the world’s knowledge about clean water conservation in a creative and dynamic way. Through its comprehensive programs, the Foundation is working to ensure students throughout the world have the tools necessary to meet the environmental challenges of the 21st Century.”

 

For more information about the Outstanding Contributions to Education Awards program, visit http://outstanding.ocde.us

JOHN ELWAY'S CROWN TOYOTA ONTARIO ANNOUNCES WATER CONSERVATION AWARENESS PARTNERSHIP WITH RENOWNED ENVIRONMENTAL ARTIST WYLAND

Internationally renowned artist and conservationist Wyland rolls his acclaimed "Clean Water Challenge," environmental education program about water conservation into Ontario area schools in partnership with Crown Toyota Ontario and Toyota Motor Sales. The award-winning project combines classroom education projects at 19 local schools, along with visits to selected schools by the Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Center, a 1,000-square foot bio-diesel powered science center on wheels is dedicated to water conservation and management. and includes an actual running river, a 40-person theater, falling rain over an urban watershed, and computer exhibits. The overall program is designed to use art and science to foster a greater understanding of urban watersheds in the Inland Empire. Climate models and population estimates in the state of California indicate that water supplies will become more limited. Participating schools will each receive resource guides, student activities books, eco guide, and posters to discover the latest information about the future of our ocean, lakes, rivers, wetlands, and urban watersheds.

 

Wyland Clean Water Challenge Facts

  • The Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Center exhibit has served more than 200,000 students across the nation since 2007.
  • The Wyland Clean Water Challenge Classroom Eco-Kits are created by the Wyland Foundation and published by Blue Star Education and contain more than 300 pages of content, Wyland artwork, activities. Each kit can serve up to 120 students during the course of a school semester

 

About John Elway's Crown Toyota

John Elway’s Crown Toyota has been serving the automotive needs of the Inland Valley for over 40 years. As one of the largest volume Toyota dealers in the world, Crown Toyota offers an exceptional selection of new and used vehicles along with a customer experience that has won the dealership the “Triple Crown” of Toyota Customer Satisfaction Awards. Visit www.crowntoyota.com for more information

Wyland issues holiday funding challenge for life-saving water wells

Environmentalist and artist Wyland’s non-profit foundation has issued a challenge to other organizations throughout Orange County to join them this holiday season to help fund drinking water wells for impoverished villages in Uganda.

 

The foundation has committed the first $1,000 toward a $4,000 fundraising goal for the first well. The wells are coordinated and installed through Wells of Life, a Laguna Beach-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing access to clean drinking water in African communities.

 

“The Wyland Foundation has long been committed to improving environmental conditions around the world – primarily through raising awareness about water issues,” said Wyland. “Many aspects of our environment from sustainability to human health are closely linked. The Wells for Life is a key program in this global awareness effort.”

 

Addressing the widespread lack of access to fresh water is one of the United Nations millennium goals. More than 6,000 children die daily due to sickness and disease from bad water. Additionally, 70 percent of hospital visits in East Africa are caused by unsafe drinking water. The continuous search for water in these communities impacts access to education and limits economic growth.

 

Individuals or organizations who wish to contiribute or match the foundation’s contribution to the Wells for Life program can call the foundation at 1 800-wyland-0. Or visit www.wylandfoundation.org or www.wellsoflifeafrica.org

Adopt a Blue Whale

The Aquarium of the Pacific and the Wyland Foundation have partnered  to create an exciting new way for you to support the ocean! For a limited time only, you can adopt a Blue Whale at the exclusive Wyland level through the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Adopt an Animal Program.

Click here to adopt today!  Your donation will help fund education and conservation initiatives, environmental education programs, animal rehabilitation research, and important breeding efforts.  All proceeds benefit the Aquarium of the Pacific and The Wyland Foundation.

Like Crabs Pulling Down Our Environment: Wyland vs. the California Coastal Commission

We all know about crab mentality. You put a bunch of crabs in a bucket, and when one tries to escape all of the others try to pull it down, rather than allowing it to get free.

 
When Wyland, the famous environmental artist, loaned one of his signature works of art to the state of California’s Coastal Commission for a new license plate sixteen years ago to fund environmental awareness programs in the state, I’m sure the last thing on his mind would be attempts by the “friends of the Coastal Commission” to pull his years of environmental outreach efforts down.
 
On the contrary, since 1993, the artist and his foundation have donated thousands of dollars to support environmental education teachers, hosted mayor's challenge competitions for water conservation across all of southern California and south Florida, toured a 1,000 square foot clean water mobile learning center to 200,000 students in the last three years, created interactive water conservation maze exhibitions that have been toured by hundreds of thousands of people, hosted environmental education events in every state in the U.S., and held art clinics for more than 1 million kids. The foundation has worked with the Baja Mexico EPA, Baja Sure Department of Education, and the cities of Tecate, Mexicali, Tijuana, and Ensenada on educational programming about water as a shared resources among the U.S. and Mexico, and is currently working with the U.S. Forest Service, among other agencies, about water conservation and pollution reduction. 
 
The foundation chugged along nicely thanks to a relatively modest stream of public and private contributions. In 2008, however, in the midst of the U.S. economic meltdown, the foundation, like many others, had to scramble for resources. A logical request was made to the California Coastal Commission, which by this time, had raised more than $40 million from sales of its Wyland designed Whale Tail license plate. Ten percent of these funds benefit environmental education. After years of loaning the image to the state of California, Wyland made the apparently grave mistake of asking for a portion of the coastal commission whale tail proceeds to help fund environmental education programs through his Wyland foundation (www.wylandfoundation.org) on an ongoing basis. Or, more precisely, he asked the commission to support the type of programs that the whale tail plate was designed to fund.
 
Then the accusations started to fly.
 
How could this rich and famous artist ask for support from a poor, beleaguered and troubled state like California?
 
Wyland made the request, starting with 20 percent of net proceeds going forward to support environmental education program initiatives like his traveling clean water mobile center, clean water interactive maze exhibitions, and conservation mural projects in underserved communities. In American culture, asking for something in return for providing something of value is a generally accepted practice, often referred to as a negotiation. Wyland helped created one of the most significant environmental fund-raising projects in the state’s history and in return during a down economy he asked the coastal commission help support the foundation’s environmental education outreach programs. The Coastal Commission’s Peter Douglas quickly offered the foundation an unbelievably generous $100,000 year for ten years – an offer that was quickly leaked to the Associated Press on a Friday (as Wyland was in Norway giving a keynote address at the United Nations Environment Program’s International Youth Conference) with the implication that the Wyland Foundation was holding the Coastal Commission hostage, waited for the predictable public backlash against Wyland, then rescinded the offer two days later because of that very backlash.
 
That’s fine. Was the Coastal Commission’s offer genuine? Or a carefully orchestrated PR gambit? Playing with an agency as powerful as the California Coastal Commission is a big boy’s game, and we accept the consequences of that. But the state of California is suffering from numerous environmental problems - rampant overdevelopment along our coast, non-point pollution, and many other issues related to enormous population growth - and the Wyland foundation is working to raise awareness about those problems. We're happy to move forward and continue, as a foundation, to do what's best for the state's environment.
 
There was a very good reason we tried to negotiate with the coastal commission for funding for our foundation ... because the Wyland Foundation undertakes many, many environmental education projects across the state and across the country. Not a single solitary penny from the Whale Tail license plate that Wyland created and generously loaned to the Coastal Commission was ever intended to go to Wyland himself. The only time we ever asked for a dime was to underwrite a fraction of the cost of building a traveling exhibition about human impacts on marine habitats. That was a $20,000 grant. It's not chump change, but the maze ran several hundred thousand dollars. Our Clean Water Mobile Learning Center cost more half a million dollars, not including the annual operational costs. These programs take resources to make them successful.
 
The Wyland Foundation is currently working with the US Forest Service on a new program called FOCUS (Forests, Oceans, Climate — and us) to raise awareness about the function of forests and our ocean in regulating climate. We’ve created traveling art and educational programs from Anchorage, Alaska, to Puerto Rico in support of this program.
 
Maybe all of this is a shining example of no good deed ever going unpunished. The state elected to stop issuing the Wyland license plate and the artist was summarily brushed aside. A contest was held to find a new artist to paint the same plate. We still hear echoes of “greed” from people who’ve only heard the coastal commission’s side of this story. And, as far removed from the truth as that may be, our foundation will have to live with that. Wyland started his foundation to educate families throughout the state and the nation about marine life conservation and protecting our environment. In keeping with our conservation mission, we’re grateful that the artwork that Wyland loaned to the whale tail plate program for almost twenty years has been able to provide assistance to so many worthwhile environmental organizations throughout California.
 
Unlike those crabs in the pot, we believe in the work we do and we will continue serving communities throughout the nation. The future of our environment is too important to let anything pull it down.
 
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Steve Creech is Project Director for the Laguna Beach, Calif-based non-profit Wyland Foundation and Co-Author of "Hold Your Water: 69 Things You Need to Know to Keep Our Planet Blue."

Shark Celebrities up for Auction during Shark Week

You've seen them on Discovery Channel's Shark Week, Animal Planet, Nat Geo and the BBC − they are the top shark experts in the world! Now meet them in person for lunch or dinner, learn why they love sharks, and why sharks need protection.

 
More than 50 of the world’s top shark experts are allowing themselves to be auctioned to raise funds for the Shark Research Institute's conservation programs. Up for auction are dinners (or lunches) with the world's foremost shark experts. Each winning bidder has the unique opportunity to "talk shark" face- to-face, one-on-one, with a real authority on sharks.
  
Celebrities being auctioned include: Wyland, premier ocean artist; Dr. Eugenie Clark, founder of Mote Marine Lab; Dr. Leonard Compagno, the world’s top expert on sharks; diving legends Jeremiah Sullivan and Valerie Taylor; Donald Schultz, host of Animal Planet’s Wild Recon; award-winning underwater photographers Amos Nachoum, Michael Aw, Matt Potenski; filmmakers Tom Campbell,  Jonathan Bird and Christine Bird, Jeff Kurr, Maureen Langevin, Lesley Rochat, Joe Romeiro and Marty Snyderman;  shark behaviorist Dr. Erich Ritter; shark bite forensic investigator Ralph Collier who wrote Shark Attacks of the 20th Century from the Pacific Coast of North America; Doc Anes and Stuart Cove; ocean activists Dr. Sylvia Earle, Jupp Kerckerinck, Georgienne Bradley, Stefanie Brendl, Robin Culler, Sonja Fordham, David Helvarg and Nancy McGee; molecular biologist Dr. Jennifer Schmidt and Dr. Debra Canabal; field researchers Mark Marks and Dean Fessler (white sharks), Jeffrey Gallant (Greenland sharks), and Debbie Smith (whale sharks).
  
Also being auctioned are: Dr. Richard Fernicola author of Twelve Days of Terror, the definitive book on the 1916 shark attacks along the New Jersey shore that was the inspiration for Jaws; marine painter and author Richard Ellis, sculptor Victor Douieb, painter and muralist David Dunleavy; and Jim Toomey, creator of the syndicated comic strip Sherman’s Lagoon.
 
These are just a few of the many “shark celebs” that are being auctioned during the week. Every one of them has a wealth of expertise and stories to share with their highest bidder.
 
How it works: Bid on a shark expert or celebrity that lives or works nearby, unless you are willing to drive or fly to their location. The winning bidder pays for the celebrity's meal, and may bring guests. (Exceptions are filmmaker Tom Campbell and David Shiffman who will also be taking their bidders out to sea on their boats to meet sharks face-to-face.) Shark Research Institute will introduce each winning bidder to his or her shark celebrity. The two of you then set a mutually convenient date, time and place to get together within 365 days of the close of the auction.
  
The auction starts today, August 1st at 7 p.m. EST, and will run throughout Shark Week, and close on August 10th.  The easiest way to enter the auction is through the link Shark Research Institute's home page at www.sharks.org.
 
Shark Research Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The funds received from the auction will be used for SRI’s conservation programs. Winning bids are deductible as charitable contributions from US Federal 2011 income taxes.

Celebrate Wyland's 55th Birthday with the Wyland Foundation

 

For Wyland's 55th Birthday on July 9, friends, fans, and supporters can donate a special birthday gift to help raise $5,555 for the Wyland Clean Water Challenge. It's a great cause that the Wyland Foundation has been promoting for many years to educate kids and communities about clean water by using art and science.

 

matching donation has been personally pledged by one of our generous supporters, Jim & Rosanne Keller (James J. & Rosanne C. Keller Family Foundation, Inc.)!  For every dollar donated by you, we have been promised a dollar for ART-CONSERVATION-COMMUNITY.  That means your donation goes twice as far for the Wyland Foundation!To donate to Wyland's Birthday Wish through Facebook  go online to: http://wishes.causes.com/wishes/298801.  By mail, send your contribution to us with the note “Wyland’s Birthday” in the memo section.  Credit card and PayPal funds may be processed through our website using the DONATE option or by calling 1-800-WYLAND-0 (1-800-995- 2630), ext. 222.

 

Please forward this to your family, friends, colleagues, or anyone who may want to pass on a better, cleaner planet to their kids!

 

Thank you very much.

Auction open for bids to win Wyland dolphin sculpture

 

A unique dolphin sculpture painted by Wyland last year will be re-auctioned to commemorate the 11th Anniversary of the sinking of the HMCS Yukon (a former Canadian Destroyer Escort). The Yukon was sunk off the coast of San Diego, California in July 2000 to create an artificial reef.

 

Fashioned from the hull of the Yukon before its sinking, the stunning steel dolphin shape was cut by the late Milt Beard and prepped by Scott Brown (both Project Yukon volunteers) before being hand-painted by Wyland as an original work titled "Dolphin and Baby." Wyland gladly donated his time May-June 2010 in hopes that his talents and efforts would benefit our Blue Planet.

 

Proceeds will be split between Wyland Foundation and California Ships to Reefs (both 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations) to continue their efforts to maintain a healthy ocean. Your winning bid amount may be tax deductible. 

 

If you are interested in making this piece a part of your Wyland collection, please visit the California Ships to Reefs website by July 15, 2011 to place your bid.

http://www.californiashipstoreefs.org

 

 

ABOUT CALIFORNIA SHIPS TO REEFS 

 

California Ships to Reefs is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit corporation seeking to reef surplus ships as artificial reefs to bring diving and fishing tourism to local ports in California while enhancing the ocean environment.

 

 

Whale Tails Tortilla Chips Partners with Wyland Foundation

Whale Tails Tortilla Chips announces an exciting new program to support the efforts of the non-profit Wyland Foundation for ocean conservation. With Wyland’s artwork featured on chip bags and Whale Tails’ launch of  two new chip flavors, this initiative expands the goal of Whale Tails Tortilla Chips to have a positive impact in the future of our oceans.



“The Wyland Foundation matches our company’s ideals,” said Terry Kraszewski, CEO and Co-Founder of  Whale Tails Tortilla Chips. “We are excited that a portion of the sales of our new bags will go to such a dynamic non-profit organization dedicated to protecting our oceans and marine life through creative ‘hands on’ approaches to education and stewardship.”



Founded by the world-renowned artist Wyland, who is best known for murals depicting whales and marine life, the Wyland Foundation works to bridge the gap between art and science through education programs, public arts projects, and community events. Now, Wyland’s brilliantly rendered art will be featured on the packaging for Whale Tails Tortilla Chips’ line of all-natural tortilla chips.



“Wyland provided three original oil paintings to use for our new flavors. Our Hawaiian Barbeque with a hint of sun-dried mango, features ‘Dawn of Creation,’ painted by Wyland in 2003. The Blue Corn with Chia Seeds’ bag showcases ‘Orca Journey,’ painted by Wyland in 1990. Our original flavor, Yellow Corn with Alaea Hawaiian Sea Salt features ‘Hawaii Endangered Species,’ created by Wyland in 2006,” said Kraszewski. “Proceeds from our sales will go toward helping thousands of school children learn about ocean conservation, which is the real inspiration energizing this partnership. It’s a perfect fit, for a perfect shape that makes perfect sense for everyone!”

 


“Partnering with Whale Tails Tortilla Chips is a great opportunity for our foundation that will help us support teachers, develop educational materials, and expand our outreach,” said Wyland. “We’ve already brought ocean conservation tools to more than one million children, now we look forward to reaching the next million.”



Healthy snacking and helping the environment has never tasted so good. Whale Tails Tortilla Chips are now available in three flavors and use only natural, organic, kosher, gluten-free, non-GMO ingredients. Whale Tails Tortilla Chips are sold at Whole Foods in Southern and Northern California, many aquariums and local specialty food stores. To find a store selling Whale Tails Tortilla Chips near you, visit www.whaletailschips.com.



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About Whale Tails Tortilla Chips


Whale Tails Tortilla Chips, a swiftly growing California organic snack food company, was founded in 2006 and is quickly adding retail accounts after being featured as Snack of the Day on Rachael Ray, along with a segment on the Food Network's popular series: “Road Tasted with the Neelys.” Whale Tails was also selected as a 2010 funding recipient of the Whole Foods Local Producer Loan Program for meeting their high standards of business practices in creating and distributing the most innovative new brand of organic tortilla chips on the market today.  

30 Southern California teachers named Earth Month Heroes

    $20,000 in cash awards given to top environmental education teachers

Thirty teachers, grades K-12, have been selected for recognition throughout the month of April as “Earth Month Heroes” for their continued support of environmental education in Southern California area schools.


Teachers from Los Angeles and Orange Counties were selected after an open nomination process by parents, students, and peers throughout February and March for their ability in their respective subject areas (Math, Science, Art, General Education) to spark environmental interest among their students. Each winning teacher will receive a $500 cash prize for their classroom and be recognized for one day in April as an Environmental Hero in their community. One teacher among the winners will also receive a $5,000 grand prize to support their environmental education efforts. The grand prize winner will be further recognized at a public reception at the Los Angeles County Science Fair on April 16 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

The Earth Month Heroes program was created by the Wyland Foundation and its educational outreach partner, Toyota, to recognize teachers who are continuing to provide environmental education in the face of budget cuts. Other sponsors include KCAL / KCBS and AES, with support from the LA Office of Education. “Instead of focusing on one activity for Earth Day, we want to celebrate the teachers out there who are changing attitudes year round about the environment,” said Wyland, an environmental artist best known for his monumental marine life murals. “These are selfless, dedicated, and extremely talented people who year after year invest their own personal resources to enhance the educational experience for their students.”

 

SoCal Mayors say: “Who’s the greenest of us all?”

Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, April 1-30
 

Mayors across southern California are squaring off in April to see whose city can be the most “water wise.”

 

More than 20 cities, representing over 1.5 million people, are leading efforts for a regional competition between cities to register the most people for an online water conservation pledge. The Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservationwas developed by famed artist and conservationist Wyland and introduces simple changes that residents can make to use water more efficiently.

 

The mayors are challenging their colleagues in Los Angeles County and Orange County to get into the act — and work together to encourage their residents to become proactive in reducing water waste and pollution. The pledge drive, April 1 – 30, not only helps cities meet conservation goals, such as AB32, it gives residents who make pledges on their city web site or at www.mywaterpledge.com a chance to win more than $15,000 in prizes, including hundreds of tickets to a Los Angeles Angels game, family four packs of Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Tickets, and family passes to the Aquarium of the Pacific.

 

“Mayors often issue friendly challenges to see whose city has the best football team,” says Wyland, who piloted the Mayor’s Challenge concept to more than 80 south Florida cities in 2009. “We wanted this challenge to give them a way to build that same kind of excitement, but focus it on one of the most important issues southern California will face in the next decade.”

 

Mayor Mike Gin of Redondo Beach was the first city official in Southern California to accept the challenge. Other mayors, such as Frank Scotto of Torrance, Bob Foster of Long Beach, and Paul Tanaka of Gardena, have followed suit by issuing council resolutions, creating steering committees, and using the city’s “highest” seat to urge their residents to save water, energy, and reduce pollution. The challenge is part of a series of Earth Month initiatives for April that include a televised Earth Month kickoff event in Redondo Beach at noon March 31, and an Earth Month Heroes campaign to recognize the top thirty teachers in Southern California with individual cash awards up to $5,000. Sponsors for the events include Toyota, AES Corporation, and KCAL / KCBS. Other participants include regional water districts, Disneynature, and the Los Angeles County Science Fair.

 

The city with the highest percentage of residents who make pledges wins. The Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation will include a daily updated “Top Ten” list, so residents can follow along and encourage their friends, families, and neighbors to join in.

$20,000 in cash awards given throughout April

Wyland, Toyota, seek nominations for SoCal’s best environmental education teachers

TORRANCE, Calif. — Know an inspirational teacher who is making a difference for our environment?


Throughout the month of April, the Wyland Foundation and its environmental education outreach partner, Toyota, will recognize “Earth Month Heroes” i.e. great teachers who are not only finding new, innovative ways to encourage students to work toward a sustainable, healthy planet, but who also believe that each student can make a difference.


Thirty teachers — one a day for thirty days — will be honored in celebration of Earth Month, April 1-30, 2011. Winning teachers from Los Angeles and Orange Counties, Grades K-12, will each receive a $500 cash prize for their classroom, with a chance to win a $5,000 grand prize to support their environmental education efforts. Additionally, the winning teachers will be recognized in their communities and honored at a special Earth Month Kickoff Event on March 31st by internationally renowned environmental artist, Wyland. The grand prize winner will be further recognized at a public reception at the Los Angeles County Science Fair on April 16 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.


“Instead of focusing on one activity for Earth Day, we want to celebrate the teachers out there who are changing attitudes year round about the environment,” said Wyland, an environmental artist best known for his monumental marine life murals. “These are selfless, dedicated, and extremely talented people who year after year invest their own personal resources to enhance the educational experience for their students.”


The thirty winning teachers will be chosen based on their ability to foster interest in environmental studies in any academic subject (science, math, art, general education). Nomination forms and complete rules are available at www.wylandfoundation.org Deadline for submission is March 9, 2011.


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About the Wyland Foundation

Founded in 1993 by renowned environmental artist Wyland, the Wyland Foundation helps children and families around the nation discover the importance of healthy oceans and waterways through public art programs, classroom science education, and live events. The foundation gives children the tools they need to become more creative, positive, and solution oriented. Visit www.wylandfoundation.org


About Toyota

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.is the marketing, sales, distribution and customer service arm of Toyota, Lexus and Scion. Toyota directly employs more than 35,000 people in the U.S. Since 1991, Toyota has donated more than $500 million to U.S. philanthropic organizations, with an emphasis in education, environment and safety. www.toyota.com.

2010 Year In Review

Through our numerous community events, festivals, and school programs, the Wyland Foundation has impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in 2010. Here are just a few of the highlights:

January 2010

Repaints Wyland Wall 56 on the Old Granville Hotel in Vancouver, Canada, as part of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, in partnership with the Vancouver Olympic Committee. Special thanks to JJ Keller FoundationPure Painters, and Get to Know.


January - June 2010

Wyland Foundation, in partnership with Ocean Institute, provides Clean Water Mobile Learning Center education programs to 25,000 elementary and middle schools throughout Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, and Orange Counties.


March 2010

Wyland Foundation, in partnership with U.S. Forest Service, hosts a FOCUS art and science event for 2,000 students in Puerto Rico.


April 2010

30,000 students across the country participate in the Oceans mural contest in partnership with Disneynature and Volvo Cars of North America. In support, Wyland Foundation embarks on the "One Ocean, One Planet" mobile education tour featuring the Wyland Foundation Clean Water Mobile Learning Center and on-site presentations and art projects for 8,000 students from Washington State to Southern California.


May 2010

United Nations issues a series of commemorative stamps of Wyland artwork to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).


May 2010

Wyland joins National Wildlife Federation in a site survey of the Gulf oil spill in Venice, Louisiana.


June 2010

Paint with Wyland Day at San Diego Fair kicks off a three-week exhibition of Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Center.


July 2010

Wyland Foundation hosts three-day painting and education event for 50,000 Scouts for 100th Annual Boy Scout Jamboree in Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia.


August 2010

Wyland Foundation returns to the Gulf of Mexico with the National Wildlife Federation for documentary filming about the oil spill disaster.


October 2010

Wyland Foundation, in partnership with U.S. Forest ServiceNOAA, and numerous other great organizations, hosts FOCUS art and science event for 2,500 people in Galveston, TX.


October - November 2010

Wyland Living Green Fairs bring together 10,000 people in Long Beach, CA, and Boca Raton, FL, for environmental sustainability. 3,000 students in both states participate in the Water is Life Classroom mural contests in partnership with Toyota and JM Family. The Clean Water Mobile Learning Center tour visits 12 schools and festivals for environmental education outreach.


November 2010

Wyland Foundation holds its 7th Annual Fundraiser “Surfin' Santa's Holiday Kick-Off Celebration” at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, California to bring families together in support of environmental education. This annual event helped the Wyland Foundation raise funds to bring programs like these to kids and their families around the country.

FOCUS event draws conservationists to Galveston Island

By Adrian Delgado Amigos del Bosque team member

The Wyland Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), USFS Latino Legacy, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), partnered with over 20 local agencies and organizations on the coast of Galveston, Texas, in FOCUS (Forests, Ocean, Climate and US), an event using art to explain the relationship and celebrate the connection and roles of people to forests, oceans, watersheds and climate and the need to protect and conserve natural resources.


Some of the local partners included NOAA - National Marine Sanctuaries, Galveston Bay Foundation, Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network, Artist Boat, local conservation artists Jennifer Parks, Alex Westphal and Rachell Stegall, Soul of a Tree, Texas Parks and Wildlife Coastal Fisheries, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Galveston Island Tree Conservancy, Texas Forest Service, Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Center, The National Weather Service and The Gulf of Mexico Foundation Spanish and Science Club Network.


Internationally renowned artist, Wyland, led kids and adults in a painting a mural which expressed human relationship to watersheds and the connectivity of forests to oceans. USFS Latino Legacy partners, Chikawa, an Aztec cultural group performed emotional interpretive dances inspiring connections between culture and nature. Additional event highlights included sapling giveaways, kayak tours and Hurricane Ike tree sculpture tours provide by various partners.


The Amigos del Bosque (Friends of the Forest) forest information and outreach team represented the U.S. Forest Service/Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU) Latino Legacy program whose mission is to educate minorities and all communities about the opportunities to enjoy the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas, promote sustainable forest management practices employed to conserve these resources, inspire land stewardship and provide potential career paths in natural resource conservation and management. The Forest Service’s More Kids in the Woods Campaign and the Washington Office Conservation Education Program have supported the Latino Legacy program since 2007.


The USFS/SFASU Latino Legacy station displayed touchable animal furs, snakes, conservation education materials for youth and adults and promotional items featuring Mark Trail, Woodsy Owl, and of course Smokey Bear. Both Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl waded into the crowds of eager children for photo-ops.


Debra Harrell, director of Civil Rights for Region 8, made a special trip to attend the FOCUS event. “Events like FOCUS create a name, a face and a brand for the Forest Service. It introduces young people who are genuinely interested in the environment to us. We need that,” she said.

 

Cruise Planners Announces 2011 CP Cares Initiative

Partnership with the Wyland Foundation promotes environmental awareness and ocean preservation

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – October 19th, 2010 – Cruise Planners/American Express, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the cruise industry, today announced it will be partnering with the Wyland Foundation for its 2011 CP Cares initiative, a program created to support charitable organizations in the U.S. and around the world. Wyland Foundation, founded by renowned marine muralist and environmental advocate Wyland, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting, and preserving the world’s oceans, waterways, and marine life while striving to increase environmental awareness through programming, public artwork and community events.

“Wyland and the Wyland Foundation are making great strides to increase awareness and educate children and adults about the importance of protecting our oceans,” said Michelle Fee, CEO and co-founder of Cruise Planners/American Express. “As cruise travel agents, our owners have a deep appreciation of our waterways and the Wyland Foundation has the perfect platform for our agents to get behind. I am confident this will be our most successful CP Cares program to date and I am eager to launch our partnership so we can start raising funds to support the foundation’s critically important efforts.” 

Through CP Cares, Cruise Planners/American Express will raise dollars for the foundation by auctioning numerous items and selling commemorative “limited edition” shirts at their annual convention, incorporating the organization’s information in marketing materials, allocating a portion of sales for Wyland escorted Princess Cruises made through a Cruise Planners agent and organizing internal donation programs, just to name a few. These dollars will help fund the organization’s clean water pledge campaign, increase awareness on the effects of climate change and expand the outreach of its classroom programs to schools across the country. 

"We are keenly interested in the future and health of our oceans and recognize that the cruise industry shares this interest given the millions of people who look forward to the vacation of a lifetime aboard a cruise ship,” said Wyland, founder, marine wildlife artist and environmentalist. “It is important that we all do everything we can to ensure that our oceans not only remain healthy and vibrant, but also beautiful for the generations of travelers to come. We thank Cruise Planners for helping us spread our message and supporting our mission.” 

Cruise Planners/American Express will officially launch the 2011 CP Cares initiative with the Wyland Foundation at the 2010 Cruise Planners Convention, November 10-13, 2010. 

About the Wyland Foundation 
Founded by renowned environmental artist Wyland, the Wyland Foundation has helped children and families around the nation to rediscover the importance of healthy oceans and waterways through public art programs, classroom science education, and live events. The foundation gives children the tools they need to become more creative, positive, and solution-oriented. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and has worked directly with more than one million children since its inception in 1993. Learn more atwww.wylandfoundation.org

About Cruise Planners/American Express 
Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Services Representative, is the largest home-based travel agent network in the cruise industry with more than 700 franchise owners across the country that independently book cruises and associated travel. Named No.1 Cruise Tour / Travel Agency by Entrepreneur magazine for the past seven years, Cruise Planners positions franchise owners for success by providing them with innovating marketing, booking and lead-generating tools as well as professional development and hands-on training with the industry's top executives.

 

Restoring Vancouver’s Landmark Mural

A project in preparation of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver, Canada

VANCOUVER, CANADA — Renowned muralist and environmental advocate Wyland, in partnership with Canadian wildlife artist Robert Bateman, will be restoring one of his most distinctive Whaling Wall murals in the heart of the City of Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics. The 7,200 square foot “Vancouver Island Orcas” mural is among one of the most recognizable landmarks along a major artery into the city. It is estimated that two-thirds of all traffic heading into the city for the Olympic games will pass the mural at the north end of the Granville Bridge in Vancouver...

 

OCEANS Classroom Mural Contest

April 6th, 2010

Teachers, inspire your students to discover the wonder of our oceans through art, science and creativity. Enter the OCEANS nationwide classroom mural contest and receive a *FREE mural canvas for your class!

 

Mural Contest and Eight-City West Coast “One Ocean, One Planet” Tour Presented by Volvo Cars of North America and Fredrix Artist Canvas.

March 24, 2010

You don’t need to live near the ocean to care about it. That’s the message behind a world famous ocean muralist’s efforts to inspire thousands of students around the nation to show off their art skills — and their concern for the future of our ocean planet.

 

Wyland applauds efforts of filmmakers to expose Japanese dolphin slaughter

Oct. 01, 2009

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“In a remote, glistening cove in Taiji, Japan, surrounded by barbed wire and "Keep Out" signs, lies a dark reality. It is here, under cover of night, that the fishermen of the town, driven by a multi-billion dollar dolphin entertainment industry and an underhanded market for mercury-tainted dolphin meat, engage in an unseen hunt. The nature of what they do is so chilling and the consequences are so dangerous to human health that they will go to great lengths to halt anyone from seeing it.” 

— Film Synopsis of “The Cove,” winner of the 2009 Sundance Audience Award

 

WYLAND FOUNDATION AND TOYOTA ANNOUNCE WINNING CITIES OF MAYOR’S WATER CONSERVATION CHALLENGE

 

Miami -- (May 3, 2012) – The Wyland Foundation and Toyota today announced the 12 winning cities of the 2012 National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, an online competition held throughout April that encouraged residents in all 50 states to conserve water, save energy and reduce pollution. The winning cities are:

  • Laguna Beach, California
  • Victoria, Minnesota
  • South Shore, Kentucky
  • Charlestown, New Hampshire
  • Manhattan Beach, California
  • Eden Prairie, Minnesota
  • Fort Pierce, Florida
  • Quakertown, Pennsylvania
  • Greeley, Colorado
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Toms River, New Jersey

 

The Wyland Foundation, founded by renowned environmental artist Wyland, created the Challenge with Toyota in honor of the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the primary federal law protecting water resources in the United States. Organizations spearheading the effort also include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water, U.S. Forest Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, WaterPik, Rain Bird, Lowe’s, STERLING Plumbing, PADI and Project AWARE.

“We had two goals for the National Mayor’s Challenge,” said artist and environmentalist Wyland, who spearheaded the project. “It brings communities together and gets people thinking about simple ways to take their commitment to conservation even further.”

The Challenge divided cities into four regions (West, Midwest, South and Northeast) and categorized them by population according to ZIP Codes (5,000-30,000 residents, 30,001-100,000 residents, 100,000+ residents). Cities with the highest percentage of residents within the city's ZIP code boundaries who made online pledges at www.mywaterpledge.com to reduce their water use were recognized as the winners.  Participants in the winning cities will now be entered into a drawing to win more than $50,000 in prizes, including the Grand Prize of a Toyota Prius c Hybrid, as well as custom-designed sprinkler systems from Rain Bird, Eco-Flow Showerheads from WaterPik, water-saving toilets from STERLING Plumbing, and 1,000 gift cards for Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores.

“Toyota congratulates all of the winners of the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation, and we thank the Wyland Foundation for creating a fun and innovative program to show how easy it can be to conserve water,” said Michael Rouse, vice president of philanthropy and community affairs for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.

“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. “EPA was proud to partner with the Wyland Foundation and Toyota on this challenge and congratulates the winning cities, and everyone who participated.”

To celebrate the winners of the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, the Wyland Foundation and Toyota hosted an event on May 3 in Miami Beach where Wyland joined members of the community to paint a 400-square-foot marine life mural celebrating South Florida marine life.

Toyota’s support of the Wyland Foundation is part of the automobile company’s long-standing commitment to sustainability. Toyota engages the public through a variety of environmental initiatives as part of the company’s commitment to impactful environmental stewardship. To learn more about how Toyota supports sustainability, please visit www.toyota.com/about/environment.

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE: TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and currently operates   10 manufacturing plants.  Toyota directly employs over 30,000 in the U.S. and its investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design.

 

Toyota is committed to being a good corporate citizen in the communities where it does business and believes in supporting programs with long-term sustainable results. Toyota supports numerous organizations across the country, focusing on education, the environment and safety. Since 1991, Toyota has contributed over half a billion dollars to philanthropic programs in the U.S. 

 

For more information on Toyota's commitment to improving communities nationwide, visit http://www.toyota.com/philanthropy.      

 

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, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is actively engaged in teaching millions of students around the county about our ocean, rivers, lakes streams, and wetlands. The foundation's latest project, FOCUS (Forests, Oceans, Climate – and us) brings together the U.S. Forest Service, NOAA, and numerous non-profits to teach young people about the future of our water supplies, climate, and global health.  www.wylandfoundation.org

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Wyland teaches kids how the things people do miles away from an ocean or bay eventually can affect the quality of water there

— Washington Post, Nov. 8, 2007

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