The City of Cleveland welcomed the return of marine life artist and conservationist Wyland at an event yesterday at Davis Aerospace and Maritime School. The artist – who is best known for his 30,000 square foot marine life mural on the Cleveland Public Power Building visible from Interstate 90 – visited the city to kick-off his annual national outreach effort for water conservation with an eco-fair, guest lecture, and an inspirational day of mural painting with local students. The announcement also included plans to refresh the city’s iconic “whale wall” mural.
“Clean water and a healthy environment are important to help build a strong economy and thriving community,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “We invite all citizens to learn how to conserve our natural resources for future generations.”
The Wyland Foundation’s National Water Conservation campaign is one of the nation’s largest community-based initiatives to promote the health of waterways. To date, U.S. residents have made over 1.6 million personal commitments at mywaterpledge.com to make small changes in their daily lives to ensure healthy waterways and a sustainable supply of fresh clean water for future generations.
Today’s events coincide with the City of Cleveland’s celebration of the culmination of Sustainable Cleveland 2019, Mayor Jackson’s initiative to help build a more sustainable and equitable economy. The city is also celebrating the immense environmental strides made since the 1969 Cuyahoga River burning –which was a catalyst for the 1972 Clean Water Act and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Other speakers at today’s event included Tim Jones of Davis Aerospace and Maritime School; Steve Creech of Wyland Foundation; Kevin Butt of Toyota; Matt Gray, Cleveland Chief of Sustainability and Rob Starr of The Toro Company. The presentation was preceded by an eco-fair, featuring twelve organizations promoting smart water stewardship locally and nationally.
The nonprofit national water campaign encourages residents to make conservation commitments throughout the month of April at www.mywaterpledge.com.
Participants from cities with the highest percentage of residents who make a commitment on behalf of their city qualify to win prize drawings.