Water conservation experts to convene for summit

Rain Bird Corporation, a leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services, has unveiled its panel of experts for The Intelligent Use of Water Summit VIII, A Look at Global Conservation Initiatives and Strategies: Leading By Example. Scheduled for Dec. 31, 2007, in Pasadena, Calif., the event will convene leading environmental and water conservation experts for a discussion focused on water conservation initiatives and strategies relating to landscape irrigation...

AZUSA, CA, Dec. 7, 2007 -- Rain Bird Corporation, a leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services, today unveiled its panel of experts for The Intelligent Use of Water Summit VIII, A Look at Global Conservation Initiatives and Strategies: Leading By Example. Scheduled for Dec. 31, 2007, in Pasadena, Calif., the event will convene leading environmental and water conservation experts at the Pasadena Hilton from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm for a discussion focused on water conservation initiatives and strategies relating to landscape irrigation.

Dan Stark, Executive Director of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), will moderate the symposium and will lead a panel discussion in which panelists will share their professional contributions toward furthering outdoor water conservation.

The panel members are:
• Mike Binns, Regional Landscape Director, Camden Living (Houston, TX)
• Roger Cook, Landscape contractor, This Old House (Burlington, MA)
• Marty Eberhardt, Executive Director of The Water Conservation Garden; recipient of the 2007 Intelligent Use of Water Award (El Cajon, CA)
• Steve Windhager, Director, Landscape Restoration, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center; Sustainable Sites Initiative product development committee member (Austin, TX)
• David Zoldoske, Director, Center for Irrigation Technology (Fresno, CA)

Prior to the start of the summit, Rain Bird will officially recognize The Water Conservation Garden as the winner of The 2007 Intelligent Use of Water Award by presenting panelist Marty Eberhardt with an award check for $10,000.

"Water conservation on a global level has become an increasingly important issue, and as the world's water is a finite resource, both homeowners and businesses must learn to protect our limited water resources all year round--not just during droughts," said Rain Bird Corporate Marketing Director Dave Johnson. "In putting together a panel of experts who are considered leaders in water conservation and by rewarding the achievements of The Water Conservation Garden, we aim to raise awareness of this important issue and inspire others to take action."

Established in 2005 as a forum to further define the relationship between water conservation and outdoor water use, Rain Bird's eighth Intelligent Use of Water Summit will build upon the success of the previous seven Summits by featuring five professionals who are "leading by example." Their contributions to reducing outdoor water waste have encouraged others to follow suit and have raised awareness of the need to conserve this precious resource.

Based in Azusa, Calif., Rain Bird Corporation is a leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services.

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