No Drop Left Behind: Smart & Sustainable Water Strategies
At Microsoft in Silicon Valley on Tuesday, December 5th from 11:30 am to 6:30 pm
Sustainable Silicon Valley’s 4th Annual Winter Water Event, No Drop Left Behind: Smart & Sustainable Water Strategies, will provide attendees exposure to innovative ideas and access to renowned water leaders. The event will bring together over 200 leaders and decision makers from cities and counties, tech companies, water agencies, water technology companies, water experts and developers. The event will feature round table seating, a buffet lunch, networking breaks and a festive wine and beer reception.
The agenda will include:
- Interview: Chair John L. Varela, Santa Clara Valley Water District, will be interviewed by Newsha Ajami, Director of Urban Water Policy at Stanford University.
• They will explore the water district’s diverse and visionary plan for water resilience in the Bay Area.
- Interview: Paula Kehoe, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, will be interviewed by Clark Brockman, SERA Architects.
• The two will discuss the role onsite water reuse will play at the state and national level, and how future legislation will provide permitting pathways and public health protection.
- Panel: Water Reuse Innovators – An exploration of small to medium-sized cutting-edge systems that can be installed economically at the building level.
• Panelists: Peter Haase of Acqualogic, Chad Martin of DripCycle, Greg Ryan of PTG Water & Energy and Rick Salz of Dynamic Water.
- Panel: Working with the System – Our society has invested substantial resources in our existing centralized wastewater and recycling systems. How can we ensure that onsite reuse systems complement and strengthen our infrastructure and avoid potential pitfalls?
• Moderator: Sebastien Tilmans, Stanford’s Codiga Resource Recovery Center.
• Panelists: Dan Child of Silicon Valley Clean Water, Bob Whitley of West Yost Associates and Aaron Tartakovsky of Epic CleanTec.
- Mini Presentation: Commercial Water Efficiency Rebates – Neeta Bijoor of SCVWD will introduce the audience to SCVWD’s water efficiency rebate program for up to $50,000 for commercial water projects.
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.
Sherwood Design Engineers
Sustainable Silicon Valley
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
Greg Ryan, Jr., CEO & Co-Founder of PTG.
Greg 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 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 at Wesleyan University, and he was awarded his MBA from Southern Methodist University.
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
SSV welcomes you to sponsor our event–demonstrate your water leadership and showcase your organization!