Toro Water Management Advocate Receives Green Industry Award
Water Management team member, Rob Starr, was inducted into the Green Industry
Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 4, 2019. Starr was one of eight individuals
honored over the weekend for contributions to the Green Industry.
has extensive experience in advanced engineering, manufacturing technology and
operations management. He joined The Toro Company in 2006, adding to the
company’s expertise in water management innovation.
addition to Starr’s technical skills, he is a tireless advocate for water
management and efficiency. His enthusiastic, larger-than-life personality
ideally fits his role as an ambassador for The Toro Company, and a relentless
promoter of causes related to outdoor water conservation. Starr spends
countless evenings and weekends speaking to the public about ways to save on
outdoor water use. He was at the center of the creation of the
first-of-its-kind weekly radio show, The Water Zone, to inform the public
about water-related issues. He continues to produce and host the show five
years later. In addition, Starr has been instrumental in educating and working
with influencers, legislators and government agencies to develop standards and
practices for efficient water management. Even with all this, Starr is a
dedicated husband, father and grandfather.
are proud of Rob’s outstanding achievements and contributions to the Green
Industry,” says John McPhee, general manager for Toro’s Irrigation Business.
“He and all of those inducted are truly deserving. Their effort and dedication
have made a lasting impact on the industry for the betterment of all.”
Green Industry Hall of Fame was created in 2005. Inductees are recognized
annually for contributions that have changed the industry through their work,
inventions and innovation. Andy Bowden, principal of Land Concern, Tom
Donnelly, president of BrightView Landscape Development, Rose Epperson,
arborist at West Coast Arborists, Inc., Steve Hazzard, founder of Organic
Control, Inc., David House, retiring president of Village Nurseries, Thomas
House, past president and CEO of Village Nurseries, and Stephanie Landregan,
director of UCLA Landscape Architecture Extension were also inducted for 2019.
The Water Zone radio show can be heard
every Thursday at 6 p.m. PT on NBC News Radio stations KCAA 1050 AM, 102.3 FM
and 106.5 FM. Podcasts can also be found at http://waterzone.podcast.toro.com/.