May 31st, 2018 from 12 to 6:30 pm
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Thank you for being a part of SSV’s Navigating Bay Area Water event at Mitchell Park Community Center on Thursday, May 31st. We are proud to have hosted such a strong and diverse community of over 175 water and sustainability leaders!
We hope you made valuable connections and had meaningful conversations. Our speakers did a fantastic job creating enlightening and inspiring presentations that are now available to download further down on this page. In addition, you can find a selection of photos from the event and links to some of the tools mentioned by our speakers that are available for you to explore.

Thank you again for your participation in helping build a resilient water community for the Bay Area!

Cindy Clark
Sr Water Director
Sustainable Silicon Valley

Our Mission

Climate change and population growth will challenge our current methods of providing sufficient water for Bay Area residents, businesses and aquatic ecosystems.
Navigating Bay Area Water will explore and encourage these solutions:

  • Adoption of innovative technologies
  • Making appropriate policy changes
  • Forging successful non-traditional partnerships

Agenda


SLIDESPANEL AND SPEAKERS
12:00 PM Lunch
12:30 PM Welcome
Jennifer Thompson, SSV Executive Director
Cindy Clark, SSV Sr. Water Director
Download PDF file Keynote address
Darrin Polhemus, State Water Control Board, Division of Drinking Water
Download PDF file  The Next Frontier: Water Policy Changes
An interactive introduction to California Water and a preview of new PPIC Projects including recycled water and the effect of conservation on water systems. Henry McCann, PPIC
1:30 PM  Panel One: Groundbreaking blackwater and greywater systems in the Bay Area
Salesforce Tower, Facebook and 181 Fremont: Exploring technology and implementation of three innovative reuse projects in the Bay Area
Moderator: Cindy Clark, SSV
Panelist: Lauren Swezey, Facebook
Panelist: Piper Kujac, Urban Fabrick
Additional Resource: Water Reuse Practice Guide
Panelist: Warren Johnson, Aquacell
Panelist: Taylor Chang, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Additional Resource: Blueprint for Developing Local Onsite Water Reuse Programs
2:15 PM Networking Break
Download PDF file  Emcee: Sebastien Tillmans, CODIGA Resource Recovery
2:35 PM Two-for-one Sustainable Technologies
Building a foundation towards 100% renewable energy and water reuse
Greg Ryan, PTG Water and Energy
2:45 PM Intel’s Visionary Goals for Water
Hear about how Intel has set a 2025 worldwide goal to return 100 percent of its water to communities and watersheds for local use and how over the past 20 years they has conserved 60 billion gallons of water.
Fawn Bergen, Intel
Additional Resource: Intel’s Restore Water Goal 2017 Report
Additional Resource: Intel’s Corporate Responsibility 2017/18 Report
3:30 PM Transformative Water Projects
Bob Holt, SUEZ Water
3:45 PM  Adapting to Change
Impacts declining flows can have on our water system
Wendy Broley, Brown and Caldwell, CUWA
3:55 PM Networking break
Emcee: Peter Haase, Acqualogic
4:10 PM Panel Two: Optimism for Our Water Future
California water leaders discuss what opportunities lie ahead for California
Moderator: Zach Gallagher, Natural Systems Utilities
Panelist: Darrin Polhemus, State Water Control Board, Division of Drinking Water
Panelist: Paula Kehoe, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Panelist: Gary Kremen, SCVWD Board Member
Panelist: Newsha Ajami, Stanford’s Water in the West
An Overview of the Water Research Foundation
Michael Dirks, Water Research Foundation
Additional Resource: Water Research Foundation’s Research Results and Tools
5:00 PM Pitches
5:10 PM 10th Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award Winners
Peter Drekmeier, Tuolumne River Trust
Dripcycle’s Condensate Capture Technology
Chad Martin, DripCycle
5:20 PM Silicon Valley Advanced Purification Facility: Direct Potable Reuse
Hossein Ashktorab, SCVWD
5:45 PM Wrap Up
6:00 PM Wine and Beer reception
6:45 PM Event Conclusion

Speaker Spotlight: Fawn Bergen


“I am thrilled to be joining Sustainable Silicon Valley’s Water Event, Navigating Bay Area Water, for the first time to discuss our support of The Nature Conservancy’s innovative Bird Returns project. Our collaboration to support migratory bird populations through improved water management in California will help us get one step closer to our goal of restoring 100% of our global water use by 2025.” – Fawn Bergen, Intel Corporation; Corporate Sustainability

Event Speakers

Newsha Ajami, PhD
Newsha Ajami, PhD
Water in the West, Stanford University
Bio

Newsha Ajami, PhDNewsha K. Ajami is the director of Urban Water Policy with Stanford University’s Water in the West program. She is a hydrologist specializing in sustainable water resource management, water policy and financing, and the water-energy-food nexus.
Dr. Ajami is a gubernatorial appointee to the Bay Area Regional Water Quality Control Board. She has published many highly cited peer-reviewed articles, co-authored two books, and contributed opinion pieces to the New York Times and the Sacramento Bee. Dr. Ajami received her Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from the UC, Irvine, an M.S. in hydrology and water resources from the University of Arizona.

Fawn Bergen
Fawn Bergen
Intel Corporation
Bio

Fawn BergenFawn Bergen is a Global Program Manager within Intel Corporation’s Global Public Affairs and
Sustainability Group. Using her 20 years of experience as an environmental engineer, she leads two of Intel’s key sustainability programs, including global water stewardship and carbon footprint at Intel’s manufacturing and office locations around the globe. She is currently leading Intel’s water conservation strategy and newest water commitment to restore 100% of Global Water Use by 2025.
Additionally, she manages Intel’s global carbon footprint program, including climate change
mitigation and external carbon reduction goals performance, accounting and reporting. In 2017, the Society of Women Engineers honored her with a Global Team Leadership award for achievements in water conservation.

Cindy Clark
Cindy Clark
Sustainable Silicon Valley
Bio

Cindy ClarkCynthia Clark is Sustainable Silicon Valley’s Senior Water Director. She has been with SSV since January 2015, having previously served as Chief Development Officer and Director of Business Development. Cindy developed SSV’s Water Replenish Project in order to create local water resiliency and help restore our aquatic ecosystems. She is responsible for stakeholder education, policy and alliance base advocacy. Prior to joining SSV, Cindy was an entrepreneur and spent many years in high tech business development. She has a BA from UC Berkeley, a JD from Santa Clara University and is an active member of the California Bar Association.

Bob Holt
Bob Holt
SUEZ Water and Technology
Bio

Bob HoltBob Holt serves as a Corporate Account Executive for SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions with 39 years of experience in developing sustainable integrated water treatment solutions for multiple market sectors including municipal water & wastewater, semiconductor, biotech, food processing, land development, upstream and downstream oil & gas, chemical processing, mining and power generation. Bob has been a resident of California for 50 years, received a B.S. Environmental Engineering degree from U.C. Irvine in 1979 and an Executive MBA from St. Mary’s College of Moraga, CA in 1986. He lives in the San Francisco East Bay with his wife Laura where they raised their 3 daughters

Zach F Gallagher
Zach F. Gallagher
Natural Systems Utilities
Bio

Zach F GallagherMr. Gallagher is a licensed Professional Engineer and LEED Accredited Professional holding BS and MS degrees from Rutgers University in Bio-Resource and Civil/Environmental Engineering. He is currently Executive Vice President for Natural Systems Utilities (NSU) and serves on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Green Building Council, NJ Chapter. NSU designs, builds and operates onsite water treatment and reuse systems. With over 30 years of innovation and leadership in the industry NSU operates over 200 onsite systems from coast to coast. In 2007, Mr. Gallagher partnered in Alliance Environmental, an environmental engineering and sustainability consulting firm where he served as COO before its merger with NSU. Prior to this time he worked for Applied Water Management Group where he specialized in wastewater management planning and water reuse systems. Mr. Gallagher’s current focus is on water reuse and complete integrated infrastructure approaches that combine water and energy with a concentration on handling the systems integration aspects and overall functionality.

Paula Kehoe
Paula Kehoe
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Bio

Paula KehoePaula Kehoe is the Director of Water Resources with San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). She is responsible for diversifying San Francisco’s water supply portfolio, including conservation, groundwater, and recycled water programs. Paula spearheaded the landmark legislation allowing for the collection, treatment and use of alternate water sources in buildings and districts. She worked for the SFPUC General Manager and assisted with the planning the $4.6 billion capital improvement program to rebuild the third largest water delivery system in California. She served as Public Education Director for the SFPUC’s Water Pollution Prevention Program receiving six state and national awards.

Piper Kujac
Piper Kujac
Urban Fabrick Inc.
Bio

Piper KujacPiper Kujac brings a deep passion for sustainability and a commitment to impactful projects in her work at Urban Fabrick. As an architectural designer, consultant and instructor, she pursued an MBA in sustainability management from Presidio Graduate School to advance the business case for green building. Previously Piper served as the owner’s rep for The Commonwealth Club of California, managing development of its new, highly efficient headquarters building in San Francisco from start to finish. At Urban Fabrick, Piper contributes to the leadership team and management across many projects, including the Salesforce blackwater reuse project in downtown San Francisco. She is a Climate Corps Fellow Alumnus with Environmental Defense Fund; an advisor to USGBC for its WaterBuild Conference; and serves on the board of directors of the Net Zero Energy Coalition with the goal of lowering carbon emissions from buildings at scale.

Chad Martin
Chad Martin
DripCycle
Bio

Chad MartinChad Martin, a native of Silicon Valley, is the CEO and Co-Founder of DripCycle. DripCycle is an innovative onsite water reuse company that specializes in plug and play water reuse systems for commercial buildings. Through Chad’s leadership and visionary expertise, DripCycle has grown into one of the most revolutionary water re-use companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Chad graduated from Loyola Marymount University and received the highly coveted Ignatian Leadership Award. Chad was named “Sustainable Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Fred Kiesner Center for Entrepreneurship in the LMU College of Business Administration and also received 1st place honors in the 2016 Incubator Pitch Competition in Los Angeles. His incubator pitch was based on DripCycle’s inventive technology in conjunction with operational efficiencies for water. As DripCyle continues to grow, so does Chad’s passion for sustainability and water conservation.

Henry McCann
Henry McCann
Public Policy Institute of California
Bio

Henry McCannHenry McCann is a research associate at the PPIC Water Policy Center, where he manages research projects and provides core research support. His recent projects have focused on water information and accounting systems, urban drought resilience, and headwater forest management. He previously managed research projects within the Smart Water Systems initiative at the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation. He holds an MA in urban and regional planning from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA in geography from the University of Chicago.

Darrin Polhemus
Darrin Polhemus
California State Water Board
Bio

Darrin PolhemusDarrin Polhemus is a Deputy Director for the State Water Board and in charge of the Division of Drinking Water. The Division of Drinking Water administers the federal and California Safe Drinking Water Acts, regulating over 7,400 public water systems throughout the State to assure the delivery safe drinking water to all Californians. In addition the Division permits recycled water usage, manages the Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program, oversees the work of county health departments that have been delegated the authority to regulate small water systems, and develops regulations pertaining to drinking water.

Sebastien Tilmans
Sebastien Tilmans
Codiga Resource Recovery Center at Stanford
Bio

Sebastien TilmansDr. Sebastien Tilmans is the Director of Operations at the Codiga Resource Recovery Center at Stanford University, a test-bed facility dedicated to accelerating the scale-up of innovative resource recovery systems. Prior to joining Stanford, he worked in the Process Engineering group at Oceanside Wastewater Treatment Plant for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. He has also designed and implemented several decentralized anaerobic wastewater treatment systems in Panama, and a waterless sanitation service in Haiti. He holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, and a B.E. in Civil Engineering from Cooper Union. He was a Fulbright scholar, an NDSEG fellow, and an EPA STAR fellow.

Senator Scott Wiener
Senator Scott Wiener
California State Senate District 11 (invited)
Bio

Senator Scott WienerElected in November 2016, Senator Scott Wiener represents District 11 in the California State Senate. District 11 includes all of San Francisco, Broadmoor, Colma, and Daly City, as well as portions of South San Francisco.
In the Senate, Senator Wiener works hard to make housing more affordable by confronting California’s severe housing shortage; to invest in our transportation systems, including improving and expanding our public transportation systems; to increase access to healthcare, including reproductive healthcare; to support working families, including expanding paid family leave, childcare, and quality public education; to support California’s nightlife culture and economy; to meaningfully address climate change and the impacts of drought by expanding clean energy and modernizing our water system; to reform the criminal justice system and reduce gun violence; to reduce California’s alarmingly high poverty rate; and to safeguard and expand the rights of all communities, including immigrants and the LGBT community.
During his first year in the Senate, Senator Wiener passed 11 bills that were signed into law, including a landmark bill to streamline housing approvals in cities not meeting their housing goals. The bill, Senate Bill 35, was central to a broad housing package that will make it easier to build housing and generate billions in new funding for affordable housing.
Senator Wiener serves as Chair of the Senate Human Services Committee, where he is working to expand California’s social safety net, including leading an effort to stem California’s high rates of food insecurity and youth homelessness. He also serves on the Transportation and Housing Committee, the Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee, the Appropriations Committee, and the Public Safety Committee.
Before his election to the Senate, Senator Wiener served as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, where he authored a number of first-in-the-nation laws, including mandating fully paid parental leave for working parents, requiring water recycling and solar power in new developments, and banning public spending in states with anti-LGBT hate laws. A regular transit rider, Senator Wiener authored and passed a ballot measure to tie public transportation funding and pedestrian/bike improvements to population growth, resulting in a significant funding increase for San Francisco’s light-rail and bus systems as well as its bike network. His work on housing included legislation to streamline the approval of affordable housing, allow for the construction of new in-law units, and increase protections for tenants.
Senator Wiener has represented San Francisco on a number of regional bodies including the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, and the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority. He served as Chair of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.
Before being elected to the Board of Supervisors, Senator Wiener served as a Deputy City Attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, where he represented San Francisco in court (ranging from trial courts to the United States Supreme Court) and supervised a team of trial attorneys. He served as Chairman of the San Francisco Democratic Party. A leader in San Francisco’s LGBT community, Senator Wiener co-chaired the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, BALIF (the Bay Area’s LGBT bar association), and the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, as well as serving on the national board of directors of the Human Rights Campaign.

Gary Kremen
Gary Kremen
Santa Clara Valley Water District, Board Member
Bio

Gary KremenGary Kremen is an engineer with more than 30 years experience. He invented online dating, starting Match.Com where he was indirectly responsible for over 1,000,000 babies. He founded Clean Power Finance, a leading provider of solar energy to residences. He also founded Pace Avenue bringing energy efficiency and solar to low and medium households.
Education and sustainability are his passions. He teaches a graduate-level course at Northwestern University on energy policy, is a member of the Foundation Board of University of California at Merced, and is an advisor, grant proposal evaluator, and judge at Stanford’s TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy. He is also a long-time volunteer, judge and mentor at the leading water non-profit, Imagine H2O.
Gary currently serves on the SCVWD Board of Directors and has also served as President of the Board of Directors of Purissima Hill Water District and as the Secretary of the Water Conservation Committee for Los Altos Hills. He is a member of the Proposition 39, California Clean Energy Jobs Act Citizen’s Oversight Board, appointed by California State Controller John Chiang.

Peter Haase
Peter Haase
Acqualogic
Bio

Peter HaasePeter Haase, P.E., is a Principal Engineer with Fall Creek Engineering, Inc. (FCE) and Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technical Officer for Acqualogic, Inc. (AQL). Peter is a Registered Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California with over 31 years of professional experience in the field of civil, environmental, and water resources engineering and international development in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector. In his positions at FCE and AQL, Peter directs the design, construction and servicing of various decentralized water and wastewater treatment projects in California and internationally. Over the past few years, Peter has consulted with the MASS Design Group and Partners in Health to develop appropriate water and wastewater treatment solutions for healthcare facilities in Liberia, Rwanda and Haiti. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Environmental Resource Engineering and an M.S. degree in Environmental Systems.

Warren Johnson
Warren Johnson
Aquacell
Bio

Warren JohnsonWarren Johnson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and has more than 30 years of experience in the water and wastewater industry, specializing in membrane technology.
The majority of Warren’s career has been spent in product development, having held the position of Global Director for R&D for Memcor Products (now owned by Evoqua Water Technologies). He is an inventor on 15 patents in the field and has authored or co-authored more than 20 papers on membrane processes and applications including membrane bioreactors.
Warren has worked on some of the earliest applications of membranes for wastewater recycling, including as Project Manager for the development of the membrane systems used in the Orange County Groundwater Replenishment System; the world’s largest indirect potable reuse scheme.
Having spent several years running a start-up company developing products for the solar energy market, Warren returned to the water industry, joining Aquacell in 2013 as Technical Manager. In this role, Warren leads the company’s engineering and R&D activities and, most recently, has been responsible for the design of many of the in-building reuse systems installed, or being installed, in California including 181 Fremont and Salesforce Tower.

Greg Ryan
Greg Ryan
PTG Water & Energy
Bio

Greg RyanGreg Ryan founded PTG in 2007 along with his father. He serves as the company’s CEO, and he is also a board member. Greg is involved in all significant aspect of PTG’s business, emphasizing marketing, sales, business development, technology verification and commercialization, capital raising, and investor relations.
Greg’s career in renewable energy began much earlier when he helped develop a privately held, one-megawatt hydroelectric facility in the Pacific Northwest. He holds multiple patents and has led the development of several commercial applications of patented and proprietary technologies. Greg is a frequent panelist on water reuse, wastewater treatment,and related issues. A seasoned entrepreneur, Greg has successfully raised more than $10 million in food and beverage, agriculture, renewable energy, wastewater treatment and other industry verticals.
Prior to starting PTG, Greg founded Ryan Coffee Co., was involved in the commercial real estate at Grubb & Ellis, and held senior positions at various agricultural businesses, including Ryan Land & Cattle Company. Greg received his B.A. degree in Economics from Wesleyan University, and he was awarded his MBA from Southern Methodist University.

Jennifer Thompson
Jennifer Thompson
Sustainable Silicon Valley
Bio

Jennifer ThompsonJennifer Thompson has 20 years of nonprofit and media experience building cross-sector partnerships with a focus on sustainability. In 2008, Jennifer founded Green21 and served as its Executive Producer, forming partnerships with the major cornerstones of public media, nonprofits, educational programs, and civic engagement, and participated in the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America. The WGBH Educational Foundation said, “Green21’s compelling segments will inspire students to become stewards of their environmental future.” Previously, Jennifer was an Executive Producer for the David & Lucile Packard Foundation’s Fellowships Program for Science and Engineering, interviewing select members of the Board of Trustees and Fellowship Advisory Panel. In 2004, Jennifer directed and produced the documentary “American dream 2.0,” that was theatrically released garnering positive reviews with SF Weekly calling it, “an ideal time capsule for future historians.” From 1999-2001, Jennifer was immersed in the sustainability world working on the Emmy-winning series “Digital Journey,” featuring Amory Lovins, Bill McDonough, Stewart Brand, and many other visionaries. Previously, Jennifer worked in New York for the legendary Maysles Films. Early in her career, she did script continuity for the documentary “From Hollywood to Hanoi,” that was nominated best nonfiction film at Sundance, then she worked for its foundation doing PR and community outreach throughout the US and in Hanoi. In 1994, Jennifer received a B.A. in Journalism from New York University (NYU). Jennifer is from Washington, D.C. and, since 1998, has lived in San Francisco.

Lauren Swezey
Lauren Swezey
Facebook
Bio

Lauren SwezeyLauren Swezey is sustainability lead for facilities at Facebook where she manages community relations and outreach. In addition she works with their green team and employee engagement.
She has 30 years of experience as a journalist and communications professional reporting on environmental issues, green living, water conservation, as well as all areas related to outdoor living and gardening. She spent much of her career at Sunset Magazine as an editor and senior writer focusing on sustainability and green issues.

Wendy Broley
Wendy Broley
Brown and Caldwell, CUWA
Bio

Wendy BroleyWendy Broley is the One Water Leader at Brown and Caldwell and she also acts as staff engineer for the California Urban Water Agencies. She has over 18 years of experience in the water and wastewater treatment industry. Her expertise includes integrated One Water planning as well as process engineering for a wide range of membrane and advanced treatment systems in drinking water and reuse applications. She recently led the development of a white paper on Adapting to Change: Utility Systems and Declining Flows.

Peter Drekmeier
Peter Drekmeier
Tuolumne River Trust
Bio

Peter DrekmeierPeter Drekmeier has worked for the Tuolumne River Trust since 2007, currently serving as Policy Director. He established the Silicon Valley Water Conservation Awards, launched “That’s the Tuolumne in my Tap” (TRT’s environmental education program), and is working to improve river conditions through State and Federal proceedings. Peter helped coordinate the 1990 and 2000 international Earth Day campaigns and co-founded Bay Area Action (now Acterra). He served a term on the Palo Alto City Council, including a year as mayor. In his spare time, Peter is a whitewater rafting guide and restores wildlife habitat along San Francisquito Creek.

Taylor Chang
Taylor Chang
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission – Water Resources Division
Bio

Taylor ChangTaylor Chang is a water resources analyst at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. She manages the Non-potable Water Program, provides technical assistance to developers and engineers, and administers grants to non-potable projects. Taylor graduated from UC Berkeley in 2013 in Conservation and Resource Studies and is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco.

Hossein Ashktorab
Hossein Ashktorab
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Bio

Hossein AshktorabDr.Hossein Ashktorab has been a Unit Manager of Recycled and Purified Water at the Santa Clara Valley Water District for over 20 years. He is currently the chair of the WateReuse International Advisory Group. He has a Ph.D. in Soil and Water Science from the University of California, Davis, a Master of Science in Irrigation System Design, and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering. Hossein is responsible for the Districts Water Recycling program and played a key role in the implementation of the Silicon Valley Water Purified Water Center. He is also managing a team of technical engineers who are working on state-of-the-art advanced treatment technologies for potable reuse. Prior to working for the District, Hossein worked at the California Department of Water Resources for seven years in urban and agricultural water management. He also taught and performed research at the University of California, Davis and as an Assistant Professor at the Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran. He has published a scientific book and technical papers on water management.

Eric Hough
Eric Hough
Vice President – Business Development
Bio

Eric HoughMr. Hough has more than 10 years of experience in the design, construction, commissioning and operation of water and wastewater systems. With a background in Environmental Engineering, Mr.Hough is responsible for the successful delivery of over 50 water systems, with design capacities
ranging from 5,000-8,000,000 gallons per day. Mr. Hough has direct, hands-on experience in leading
Field Engineering teams, project teams, and Operations service providers to achieve best-in-class
results for a range of municipal, institutional, and private industry clients. Mr. Hough proudly serves
as part of NSU’s project team who is responsible for the development of sustainable water
infrastructure at numerous properties, including Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Campus and SF Shipyard at Hunter’s Point

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