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Surfrider Foundation and Cali Bamboo are pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Greenscape Challenge. Our grand prize winner is Steven R. from La Jolla, California. Following Surfrider’s guidelines, Steven started his yard’s transformation by removing has grass lawn and implementing a network of dry riverbeds, known as “swales,” which maximize water retention. He also installed permeable walkways and drought-tolerant native plants throughout the yard. Steven also added rain gutters to the entire perimeter of his roof, which funnel water into a 300-gallon rain barrel that he now uses to irrigate his fruit trees. And he’s not done yet! Steven has plans to make his driveway permeable by cutting out strips of concrete and filling them with gravel. According to Surfrider, Steven’s new landscaping is the perfect example of how an ocean-friendly garden can conserve and retain water in order to keep run-off and pollutants from entering the ocean. (Steven speaking) “It all started – I saw an email from Surfrider stating that they offered a three-part ocean-friendly garden class, and that’s how the whole project started. The day of the installation is really neat to see because I had a lot of volunteers working with professionals to do the installation working hand in hand. And it was really like a community event. It was kind of like an old-fashioned barn raising going on.  First of all I want to thank Surfirder for getting me set up with my ocean-friendly garden, teaching me what I need to do. And then also, I want to thank Cali Bamboo for making me the winner of this competition.” Steven and a guest will receive a trip to Malibu where he’ll attend the Celebrity Expression Session, have the chance to hit the waves with some stars and party at a VIP gala. Second place prize, a $500 Cali Bamboo gift certificate, was awarded to Melissa M. of Lawndale, California. Julie L. of Washington D.C. was our third place winner and received a $250 gift card. For more information on ocean-friendly gardens and the Celebrity Expression Session visit surfrider.org. And for more about Cali Bamboo’s green building products visit calibamboo.com.
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