Wyland Foundation Announces Water Conservation Awareness Partnership With The Toro Company

RIVERSIDE, Calif., June 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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, who began working together in 2014 on the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation (mywaterpledge.com), 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 online pledges 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 wetland. 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.

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 projects include the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation, National "Water Is Life" Classroom Mural Challenge, the Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Experience, and FOCUS (Forests, Oceans, Climate – and us), a partnership with 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

About The Toro Company

The Toro Company (NYSE:TTC) is a leading worldwide provider of innovative turf, landscape, rental and construction equipment, and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions. With sales of more than $2 billion in fiscal 2013, Toro's global presence extends to more than 90 countries through strong relationships built on integrity and trust, constant innovation and a commitment to helping customers enrich the beauty, productivity and sustainability of the land. Since 1914, the company has built a tradition of excellence around a number of strong brands to help customers care for golf courses, sports fields, public green spaces, commercial and residential properties and agricultural fields. More information is available at www.toro.com.

CONTACT: Steve Creech Executive Director 949-643-7070Source: Wyland