Industry Partnerships

Coalitions

The Irrigation Association is actively involved in a number of coalitions that focus on water, sustainability and business issues critical to our members. Click on a coalition to learn more:

 

Clean Water America Alliance 

Coalition for Affordable American Energy 

Coalition to Save our GPS 

Green Building Initiative 

Greenscapes Business Alliance 

National Turfgrass Federation 

Smart Water Application Technologies 

United States Green Building Council 

Waters Advocacy Coalition 

The Water Coalition 

 

Clean Water America Alliance

www.cleanwateramericaalliance.org 

Clean Water America Alliance is working today to explore the complex issue of water sustainability and plan for the future by improving public awareness that advances holistic, watershed-based approaches to water quality and quantity challenges.

 

Coalition for Affordable American Energy

The Coalition for Affordable American Energy provides a united voice for businesses affected by rising energy and fuel prices. Administered by the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, CAAE advocates policies that emphasize domestic sources of energy, utilize existing supplies and new technologies to maximize efficiency, keep energy costs low and avoid additional taxes.

 

Coalition to Save Our GPS

www.saveourgps.org 

LightSquared plans to transmit ground-based radio signals that would be 1 billion or more times more powerful as received on earth than GPS’s low-powered satellite-based signals, potentially causing severe interference impacting millions of GPS receivers — including those used by the federal agencies, state and local governments, first responders, airlines, mariners, civil engineering, construction and surveying, agriculture, and everyday consumers in their cars and on handheld devices. To safeguard GPS, the Coalition to Save Our GPS seeks a number of remedies from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which recently granted a waiver to a company called LightSquared that allows them to repurpose the satellite spectrum immediately neighboring that of the GPS.

 

Green Building Initiative

www.thegbi.org 

The Green Building Initiative’s mission is to accelerate the adoption of practices that result in energy-efficient, healthier and environmentally sustainable buildings. GBI is committed to residential and commercial construction approaches that are environmentally progressive but also practical and affordable for builders to implement.

 

Greenscapes Business Alliance

The Greenscapes Business Alliance advocates the value of properly managed turf and landscapes for communities. GBA is a national group of organizations whose members are in the business of providing and maintaining greenscapes. GBA focuses on quantifying and communicating the ecosystem services and quality of life benefits of properly managed lawns and landscapes.

 

National Turfgrass Federation

www.turfresearch.org 

The National Turfgrass Federation works to engage appropriate divisions of federal, state and local governments in meaningful dialogue. Priority issues include educating policymakers about the industry’s goals and needs, supporting legislative and regulatory initiatives that benefit the turfgrass industry, and funding and implementing the National Turfgrass Research Initiative.

 

Smart Water Application Technologies

www.swatirrigation.org 

Smart Water Application Technologies is a partnership of water purveyors and irrigation companies, working to promote landscape water-use efficiency through the application of state-of-the-art irrigation technologies. Managed by the Irrigation Association, SWAT works to develop testing protocols for “smart” controller performance, longevity and reliability.

 

United States Green Building Council

www.usgbc.org 

USGBC is a nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings and a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates.

 

Waters Advocacy Coalition

www.protectmywater.org 

The Waters Advocacy Coalition includes public and private organizations that oppose proposed legislation to expand the Clean Water Act’s scope from navigable to all U.S. waters. WAC opposes the change due to the negative impact on local decision making; the U.S. economy and jobs; permitting and cost of infrastructure improvements; and farmers’ and ranchers’ ability to produce food, fiber and fuel efficiently.

 

The WATER Coalition

www.thewatercoalition.org 

The WATER Coalition is working to incorporate water efficiency incentives into jobs legislation. The WATER Coalition represents widely diverse interests — plumbing and irrigation contractors, union members, equipment manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, utilities, environmental groups, water efficiency organizations and real estate organizations. Members are seeking consumer rebates for products that meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency criteria for WaterSense.