The Water & Sustainability Innovation Award

The Water & Sustainability Innovation Award, presented by Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply and Audubon International, honors innovative projects that address sustainability challenges and water-efficiency, while contributing to a healthy environment, quality of life and a vital economy.

The Water & Sustainability Innovation Award also highlights the positive impact that landscapes and other green spaces have in creating more sustainable communities.

Does your project deserve some recognition?

2020 Award Nominations NOW OPEN!

2020 Award Nominations Have Closed
Thank you to everyone who has entered! Our 2020 award winners will be announced in January.

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2019 Winner

Corica Park, South Course

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This San Francisco Bay Area golf course reopened in 2018 after a sustainable reimaging of the course from the ground up.

The course management firm, Greenway Golf, used creative and cost-effective approaches to take this municipal golf course to the forefront of sustainable property management, including:

  • A comprehensive drainage and water harvesting system for the entire site
  • A target-specific irrigation system with water-efficient sprinkler and sensor technologies
  • The use of climatically suited turfgrass and native plants and expanded wildlife habitat
  • Using locally-sourced and recycled materials for bunker liner, mulch, soil and cart paths

As a result, the property has significantly reduced its water use by 34 million gallons of water per year, improved storm water management and reduced energy use and carbon emissions, while ensuring its economic viability for the future.

2019 Awards of Distinction

Our judges found two additional entrants especially worthy of recognition for their sustainable and water-efficient projects and were given Awards of Distinction:

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Jovial Gardens, Colorado

When Jovial Gardens first started helping people turn portions of their lawns into community gardens for growing fruits and vegetables throughout Colorado, they used a common practice— hand watering with hoses. They soon found out how much water was being wasted with this method: over spraying, overwatering and underwatering various plants was common.

In 2018, Jovial Gardens took on the challenge of installing drip irrigation in all of their 75 garden beds. The result: an average water bill savings of 50 percent and an estimated savings of 320,000 gallons of water per year!

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Katella High School, California

Katella High School is positioned above the Orange County groundwater basin, a natural reservoir providing 70 percent of the water for 2.4 million residents of Orange County, California. Rain storms used to create a big mess at Katella High School in Anaheim, CA: Crumbling pavement, a muddy campus and contaminated storm water runoff that ended up in the Santa Ana River.

To prevent river contamination and help replenish the groundwater basin, Katella High School completed a comprehensive storm water infiltration system in 2017 with water-wise landscaping. With the use of underground water detention and infiltration tanks, porous pavement and permeable pavers, rain gardens and low-water use plants, Katella High School now captures and returns about two million gallons of storm water per year to the groundwater basin.