Azusa, Calif.-based Rain Bird will award more than $50,000 to supportconservation and environmental projects that promote green spaces as part of this year's "Intelligent Use of Water Awards." And, this year, the public will judge the contest by voting online.
Participants can log on to http://iuowawards.com, choose a funding category ($1,500, $5,000, or $10,000), describe the project, upload photos and/or embed YouTube videos. Once a project is submitted, it is made available for public voting, meaning anyone can anonymously cast their vote for their favorite project. "The interactive approach to this year's program will serve a broader range of projects that seek to intelligently manage water and preserve green spaces," said Dave Johnson, Rain Bird's director of corporate marketing.
All projects can be anonymously voted on by visitors (one vote a day per project, per individual user), and the projects with the most votes in each funding category will be awarded a combined $51,000 in grants to be used to complete their winning project. Winners will be announced on World Water Day on March 22, 2011.