WASHINGTON — On October 9, the 2014 WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award winner, Partners of the Year, and Excellence Award winners were announced at the WaterSense and Alliance for Water Efficiency Awards Luncheon. The luncheon was held at the WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition Exit EPA Disclaimer.
Since the program’s inception in 2006, WaterSense labeled products have helped Americans save 757 billion gallons of water and $14.2 billion in water and energy bills. In 2013 alone, WaterSense labeled products saved 271 billion gallons of water, a 35 percent increase from the amount saved last year! Working collaboratively, WaterSense partners continue to build strong communities and help consumers save water, energy, and money.
WaterSense recognized nine WaterSense Partners of the Year for helping to promote WaterSense and water efficiency throughout 2013. The winners are:
- Cobb County (Georgia) Water System
- Colorado Springs Utilities (Colorado)
- Delta Faucet Company
- HydroPoint Data Systems
- The Home Depot
- KB Home
- Energy Inspectors Corporation
- The Irrigation Association
- The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership
Also, WaterSense honored partners who demonstrate both commitment and success in a specific area with Excellence Awards. In 2013, the following organizations excelled in the following areas.
Excellence in Excellence in Outreach and Education
Athens-Clarke County (Georgia) Public Utilities Department
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas
Excellence in Strategic Collaboration
Excellence in Promoting WaterSense Labeled Products
Puget Sound Energy (Washington)
The 2014 Sustained Excellence Award Winner was Kohler Co. Kohler is WaterSense’s first two-time Sustained Excellence Award winner. Throughout 2013, the company continued to demonstrate its dedication to water efficiency by promoting WaterSense labeled products with new, innovative technologies and campaigns. For example, Kohler developed a dual-flush trip lever for tank-type toilets that makes selecting a smaller flush easier for those with dexterity challenges, as well as launched the “Trust the Flush” mobile marketing campaign. The cross-country bus tour, which showcased the performance of WaterSense labeled toilets at more than 185 events, also highlighted Kohler’s ability to strategically collaborate with multiple WaterSense partners to further elevate the success of the campaign.
The company did not stop there in its efforts to increase public awareness of WaterSense labeled products. Kohler provided WaterSense labeled products for the Green Builder Media’s VISION House in INNOVENTIONS at Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center in Orlando, Fla., which was visited by more than 200,000 people. Kohler also donated WaterSense labeled products and design support to the California Institute of Technology’s entry for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Reinvent the Toilet Challenge that funds projects addressing health and sanitation issues in developing countries. In addition to all of these initiatives, Kohler’s marketing and social media presence via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest contributed to millions of WaterSense labeled toilets, bathroom faucets, and showerheads being sold in 2013.
WaterSense’s 2014 Manufacturer Partner of the Year was Delta Faucet Company. A three-time Manufacturer Partner of the Year, Delta Faucet Company demonstrated its commitment to WaterSense through online and in-person promotions. The Delta brand online faucet video gallery featured 16 clips with WaterSense labeled faucet models, and its Brizio brand website had five videos highlighting WaterSense labeled products.
The company promoted WaterSense labeled products through its continued primary sponsorship of HGTV’s Dream Home Sweepstakes in 2013. In addition, the company’s Brizio brand continued its water-efficient support for the St. Jude Dream Home by donating WaterSense labeled products to 28 homes that have received more than 80,000 visitors.
In 2013, Delta continued to work with the Hospitality Sustainability Purchasing Consortium to ensure that the hospitality industry’s sustainability performance standards aligned with WaterSense specifications for applicable product categories. The consortium’s Web-based purchasing database researches, measures, and reports on the corporate social responsibility, environmental, and product sustainability performance of suppliers. Delta expanded this effort to other multifamily residential sectors in 2013 by promoting the benefits of WaterSense labeled bathroom faucets and showerheads to builders and developers.
Launched in 2008, the WaterSense Partners of the Year awards program recognizes WaterSense partners who:
• Help advance the overall mission of WaterSense
• Increase awareness of the WaterSense brand in a measurable way
• Increase the adoption of water-efficient practices among their constituents or community
Each year, WaterSense Partners of the Year contribute to the program’s success by enhancing the market for water–efficient products, practices, and services. Learn what previous WaterSense Partners of the Year have done to increase water efficiency and promote the WaterSense label within their respective partner categories.