October 22, 2008

GreenPlumbers(R) a Hit at Water Conservation Conference

The WaterSmart Innovations '08 conference was held recently in Las Vegas, educating more than 1,000 attendees on water efficiency, new technology and the importance of conserving our precious natural resource. Held by the Southern Nevada Water Authority in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program, the conference enabled professionals in the fields of water conservation and green energy to come together in planning and education.

Environmental training and accreditation program GreenPlumbers furthered its mission at WaterSmart by holding five free workshops over three days. The workshops encompassed 32 hours of continuing education for plumbers, including training on water conservation, climate care, solar hot water and new technologies. More than 450 plumbers and other industry professionals, from upwards of 30 states, attended the workshops and became accredited GreenPlumbers. "We were pleased to build a successful relationship with GreenPlumbers (at the conference)," said Doug Bennett, conservation manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority. "It is vital that the public sector and private sector work collaboratively to accelerate adoption of the best water efficiency technologies for homes and businesses. GreenPlumbers USA is a vital link in promoting and delivering the best water efficiency technologies and techniques to the end user. This has been an ideal partnership."

Stephanie Thornton, WaterSense partner outreach coordinator, says plumbers play a vital role in conservation. "Plumbers really are on the front lines of water efficiency, so we're excited to see such an overwhelming level of enthusiasm for the GreenPlumbers workshops."

GreenPlumbers' participation in the WaterSmart conference marked the beginning of a new round of expansion for the accreditation program, as it makes inroads into Canada and continues to train plumbers across the U.S. GreenPlumbers has November workshops scheduled in California, Oregon, Wisconsin and Washington.

The GreenPlumbers(R) program is open to all recognized plumbers and contractors. The program is partnered with the EPA's WaterSense program, the Alliance for Water Efficiency, the California Center for Sustainable Energy, the California Urban Water Conservation Council, and many more industry leaders in its mission of bringing environmental training to plumbers. For more information, visit www.greenplumbersusa.com. To learn more about the WaterSmart Innovations conference, visit www.watersmartinnovations.com.