“This is where the leaders in water meet”
No Drop Left Behind: Smart & Sustainable Water Strategies
“This was an informative and inspiring event!”
Attendee from a local water agency
Thank you for being a part of SSV’s No Drop Behind at Microsoft on Tuesday, December 5th. Your participation helped to make our event the best attended and most energetic to date!
We are so proud to have hosted such a diverse and esteemed group of water leaders. We hope you made valuable connections and had meaningful conversations. Our speakers did a fantastic job creating informative and inspiring presentations.
Your collaborative efforts during our table activity identified some innovative paths forward for water reuse. We look forward to using these as a framework for our spring event.
Thank you again for your participation in helping build a resilient water community, stay connected with our speakers by downloading the Tech List PDF!
Sustainable Silicon Valley
Sustainable Silicon Valley’s 4th Annual Winter Water Event, No Drop Left Behind: Smart & Sustainable Water Strategies, provided attendees exposure to innovative ideas and access to renowned water leaders. The event brought together over 200 leaders and decision makers from cities and counties, tech companies, water agencies, water technology companies, water experts and developers.
SSV believes passionately in the power of collaboration to drive transformation. Our water events provide a unique opportunity for a diverse group of agencies, local governments, corporations, small businesses, elected officials and academics to gather, exchange ideas and facilitate innovative projects to increase the resilience of our local water supply in response to population growth and climate change impact.
Newsha Ajami, PhD
Water in the West, Stanford University
Dr. Ajami is a gubernatorial appointee to the Bay Area Regional Water Quality Control Board. She has published many highly cited peer-reviewed articles, coauthored 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.
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Sherwood Design Engineers
Silicon Valley Clean Water (SVCW)
Dan Child is the Manager of Silicon Valley Clean Water (SVCW) located in Redwood City, CA. Since starting at SVCW in 2006, Dan has worked towards the implementation of a Capital Improvement Program authorized by the SVCW Commission to enable the public facilities to meet their future needs.
In addition, Dan has worked with the SVCW staff and multiple outside entities to evaluate and improve wastewater treatment and reclamation technologies. He has been creative in developing methods to address the risk and costs involved in developing new ideas and SVCW has become a place of innovation through these efforts.
Sustainable Silicon Valley
Zach F. Gallagher
Natural Systems Utilities
Peter 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.
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
PTG Water & Energy
Tim is a senior finance/operations professional who is experienced in growing, financing, and exiting businesses in renewable energy, wastewater and other industries. He was previously CFO of several privately held and public companies, including M2 Renewables, Navigant Consulting, Matrix Materials, and Peterson Worldwide.
Tim is a CPA; he received his B.A. degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University, and he got his MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. In his spare time, he has taught college level accounting courses as an adjunct instructor.
Sustainable Silicon Valley
Rich Nagel recently joined CH2M and serves as Vice President in the Los Angeles office. Prior to joining CH2M, Rich has 31 years of experience in public service with water utilities, most recently as General Manager of the West Basin Municipal Water District (WBMWD) from 2006 to 2014. Under his guidance, WBMWD obtained the first permit in California to deliver 100% indirect potable reuse water to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works’ West Coast Basin Injection Well System. Rich currently serves as a Vice Chair of the California WateReuse Association and Vice Chair of the Urban Water Institute.
Katie Ross leads Sustainability for Microsoft’s Real Estate portfolio. She is responsible for developing and implementing sustainability strategy for their 34 million square foot office portfolio. Katie analyzes approaches to reach Microsoft’s targets for energy, water, carbon, circular economy, and ecosystems and tracks the environmental impact of the company’s built workplace, including carbon emissions, water footprint, and waste stream. In her career, Katie has been focused on the intersection of real estate and sustainability. Previously she worked with commercial building owners to develop and implement sustainability strategies and with USGBC and EPA’s ENERGY STAR program.
Dynamic Water Technologies
Aaron Tartakovsky is co-founder and CEO of Epic CleanTec, a water technology startup dedicated to redefining urban sanitation by decentralizing wastewater treatment.
Aaron previously served as Director of Development and Marketing for CB Engineers, a San Francisco-based mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design firm, where he also ran its R&D division. He speaks frequently on urban water management and is co-author of the forthcoming “Design Professional’s Guide to Onsite Nonpotable Reuse.”
As co-founder of the Israel-California GreenTech Partnership, Aaron launched this bi-national initiative in 2016 at Google’s Tel Aviv headquarters to develop solutions to the California drought, a successful program that was recognized at the 2016 White House Water Summit. Most recently Aaron was selected as a 2017 GreenBiz 30 Under 30 Honoree.
Codiga Resource Recovery Center at Stanford
Robert D. Whitlley
West Yost Associates