May 29, 2019 from 12 to 6:30 pm
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Dr. Peter Gleick
Dr. Peter Gleick
Pacific Institute
 
Bio

Dr. Peter GleickDr. Peter Gleick is a leading scientist, innovator, and communicator on global water and climate issues. He co-founded the Pacific Institute in Oakland, one of the most innovative, independent non-governmental organizations addressing the connections between the environment and global sustainability. Dr. Gleick’s work has redefined water from the realm of engineers to the world of sustainability, human rights, and integrated thinking. Gleick pioneered the concept of the “soft path for water,” developed the idea of “peak water,” and has written about the need for a “local water movement.” Among many other honors, Gleick received the prestigious MacArthur “genius” Fellowship, the U.S. Water Prize, and has been named “a visionary on the environment” by the BBC. He was elected in 2006 to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. In 2018 he was awarded the Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization.

Sam Liccardo, Mayor
Sam Liccardo, Mayor
City of San José
 
  Bio

Sam LiccardoIn the three years since Mayor Sam Liccardo took office in 2015, Sam has led efforts to:
► forge a historic pension reform agreement with 11 unions that will save taxpayers $3 billion over the next three decades, including more than $43 million this year; 
► launch “San José Works,” providing summer and year-round jobs to more than 2,000 teenagers living in gang-impacted neighborhoods;
► find more innovative ways to reduce homelessness—from rehabilitating decaying motels, to expanding work-first programs, to building “tiny home” villages—while housing more than 1,000 homeless veterans;
► make Mineta San José International the fastest-growing major airport in the nation for two consecutive years, with seven new international flights and more than 30 new domestic flights;  
► create after-school learning programs (“San Jose Learns”) and coding and computer science programs (“5K Coding Challenge”) for thousands of children in low-income families, while expanding library services and hours in every neighborhood; 
► facilitate the most successful period of tech expansion in San José’s history, by: 
▻ ► landing major investments from corporate titans like Amazon, Apple, Google, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Micron, and Microsoft;
▻ ► luring fast-growing innovators such as Okta, Splunk, SuperMicro, and WeWork, and
▻ ► enabling expansions of industry leaders like Adobe, Broadcom, Western Digital, and Zoom.
► concurrently lift the minimum wage among a half-dozen Silicon Valley cities, to $15 per hour by 2019;
► rebuild the San Jose Police Department, adding more than 200 officers in 20 months, while implementing data and technology—ranging from body-worn cameras to data analytics—to improve policing;
► make San José the nation’s largest city to implement its own “Community Choice Energy” program, offering residents and businesses the option to power their homes and facilities with renewable energy sources, at cost-competitive rates starting in 2019;
► make San José a climate leader by adopting one of the first Paris Agreement-aligned sustainability plan’s in the country, with bold climate goals that will transform San José into a more inclusive, and equitable city;
► spark Downtown’s revitalization, using fee reductions and accelerated permit approvals to fill empty storefronts with restaurants and amenities, expand co-working space, build thousands of high-rise apartments, invigorate public spaces, and lure key tech employers;
► create a “San Jose College Promise” with San Jose City, Evergreen, and West Valley Colleges to eliminate the cost of tuition, fees, and books for 1,600 low-income students;
► pass three voter-approved ballot measures that will bring Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to San Jose in 2019, expand light rail in East San Jose, and recast Downtown’s Diridon Station into the region’s “Grand Central Station”;
► launch “#BeautifySJ,” to enable residents to reclaim their city from blight, using such new programs as free junk pickup service, a MySanJose smartphone app to report blight, neighborhood beautification grants, and enhanced response to dumping and abandoned cars;  
► protect open space and undeveloped hillside from sprawling development, with the help of an environmental coalition that was outspent on its ballot measure by $6 million;
► craft San Jose’s “Smart City Vision,” forging partnerships with the tech community to leverage technology and data to improve safety and services, with the ambition of making San José the most innovative city in America.

In 2018, Sam was re-elected to a second term, with 76% of the vote.
In Sam’s prior public service, he prosecuted a range of felony cases as a federal and local criminal prosecutor, from sexual assault and child exploitation to international narcotrafficking.  In 2006, voters elected Sam to the first of his two terms on the City Council, where he led efforts to revitalize its downtown, preserve San José’s hillsides and open space, boost funding for affordable housing, and open a world-class soccer stadium for the San José Earthquakes.  He served as a founding board member of Cristo Rey San Jose High School, an innovative Jesuit school that propels students from low-income immigrant families to college and beyond. 
Sam serves on a number of boards, including the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Valley Transit Authority (twice as Chairperson), and serves as co-chair for Joint Venture Silicon Valley.   He is a senior fellow for the American Leadership Forum-Silicon Valley, and is a Rodel Fellow at the Aspen Institute.
Sam graduated from San José’s Bellarmine College Prep and from Georgetown University, where he was captain of the heavyweight Crew.  He received a law degree from Harvard Law School, and a master’s degree from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. 
Sam and his wife, Jessica, live in the Northside neighborhood, north of Downtown, within blocks of Jessica’s childhood home, where Sam’s father also grew up, and where Sam’s grandparents operated a neighborhood grocery store.  Sam descended from Sicilian and Irish immigrants, as well as from the first Mexican settlers in the Bay Area.

Dave Pine
Dave Pine, Board of Supervisors
San Mateo County
Bio

Dave PineDave Pine was first elected to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in a special election in May2011, and subsequently reelected in 2012 and 2016. He served as Board President in 2014 and 2018.  Herepresents District 1 which includes Burlingame, Hillsborough, Millbrae, and portions of San Bruno andSouth San Francisco; the unincorporated communities of San Mateo Highlands, Baywood Park andBurlingame Hills; and the San Francisco Airport.
 
As a board member for the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), the SF Bay Restoration Authority, and the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority, Supervisor Pine has worked extensively on the intersecting issues of flood control, sea level rise and tidal land restoration. He is also the founding chair of the Peninsula Clean Energy Authority and serves on the boards of the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans), the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain), the Association of Bay Area Governments, the Bay Area Regional Collaborative, and Joint Venture Silicon Valley.
 
Supervisor Pine previously was a school board member for the Burlingame School District from 2003 to 2007 and the San Mateo Union High School District from 2007 to 2011. He is also a past president of theSan Mateo County School Boards Association.
 
Before focusing his career on public service, Pine worked as an attorney representing start-up and high-growth technology companies. After working in private practice with Fenwick & West, he served as Vice President and General Counsel for Radius,  Excite@Home, and Handspring.

Originally from New Hampshire, Pine is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where he was awarded aHarry S. Truman scholarship and was elected, at age 19, to the New Hampshire State House of Representatives. Following his undergraduate studies Pine earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School.

Agenda

Sustainable Silicon Valley’s Rains to Bay
Mitchell Park Community Center
Wednesday, May 29th, 2019
11:30 pm Registration opens at 11:30am
El Palo Alto Room
12:00 pm Welcomes
SSV Executive Director Jennifer Thompson & Water Director Dennis Murphy
12:10 pm A WaterSide Chat
San José Mayor Sam Liccardo in conversation
with San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine

 
Adobe Room
12:45 pm Lunch Break
El Palo Alto Room Adobe Room
1:15 pm Real Estate Roundtable:
The Customer Perspective

Amanda von Almen, Salesforce
Lauren Swezey, Facebook
Newsha Ajami, Stanford Water in the West, Moderator

 
Reports from the Fields:
A Watershed View

Kellyx Nelson, San Mateo RCD
Theresa Lyngso, Lyngso Garden Materials
Chad Sutton, Gachina Landscape Management
Pedro Hernandez, City of San José, Moderator

 
2:00 pm Working the One Water Future
Paula Kehoe, SFPUC
Barbara Keegan, Valley Water
Taylor Chang, SFPUC
Afshin Rouhani, Valley Water
Robert Whitley, West Yost, Moderator

 
Stormy Waters, City Leaks & the the AgriHood
Sandy Robertson, Stanford Civil Engineering
Matt Fabry, C/CAG
Danielle McPherson, WaterNow Alliance
Pedro Hernandez, City of San José, Moderator

 
Adobe Room
2:45 pm Networking Break
El Palo Alto Room Adobe Room
3:00 pm Designing w/Water
Robin Grossinger, SFEI
Zach Gallagher, Natural Systems Utilities
Peter Haase, Fall Creek Engineering
Josiah Cain, Sherwood Engineering, Moderator

 
Utility Vehicles: Model your Ordinance, AMI Usage
Karen Koppett, Valley Water
David Siddiqui, Green Evolution
Tom Francis, BAWSCA
Pedro Hernandez, City of San José, Moderator

 
3:45 pm H2O AI: Water Tech Review
Valentino Villa, Bioforcetech
Meena Sankaran, Ketos
Jeff Pringle, Orenco Systems
Gary Kremen, Valley Water, Moderator

 
Wastewater Perspectives: The End is Nigh!
Teresa Herrera, Silicon Valley Clean Water
Hossein Ashktorab, Valley Water
Karin North, City of Palo Alto
Sebastien Tilmans, Stanford’s CR2C, Moderator

 
Adobe Room
4:30 pm Networking Break
El Palo Alto Room
4:45 pm Quick Pitches
Two-minutes on the most interesting products & services

 
5:15 pm Dr. Peter Gleick
California’s Water Future: Getting from Here to There

 
Find out more about Peter Gleick: Gleick.com, Pacific Institute, Twitter
Adobe Room
6:00 pm Wine & Beer Reception

Participants

  • Dr. Peter Gleick, President Emeritus, Pacific Institute
  • Dave Pine, Supervisor, San Mateo County
  • Sam Liccardo, Mayor, City of San José
  • Gary Kremen, Director, Valley Water (SCVWD)
  • Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources, SFPUC (SF Water Power Sewer)
  • Barbara Keegan, Director, Valley Water (SCVWD)
  • Lauren Swezey, Sustainability and Community Outreach Manager, Facebook
  • Amanda von Almen, Global Manager, Sustainable Built Environment, Salesforce
  • Taylor Chang, Water Resource Expert, SFPUC (SF Water Power Sewer)
  • Robert Whitley, PE, Principal, West Yost Associates
  • Newsha Ajami, Director of Urban Water Policy, Water in the West; Senior Research Associate, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
  • Robin Grossinger, Senior Scientist, San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI); Co-Director, Resilient Landscapes Program
  • Peter Haase, PE, Principal Engineer, Fall Creek Engineering/Sherwood
  • Zach Gallagher, PE, Executive Vice President, Natural Systems Utilities
  • Josiah Cain, Director of Innovation, Sherwood Engineering
  • Valentino Villa, COO, Bioforcetech Corporation
  • Kellyx Nelson, Executive Director, San Mateo Resource Conservation District
  • Terry Lyngso, Owner, Lyngso Garden Materials
  • Chad Sutton, Water Resource Manager, Gachina Landscape Management
  • Sandy Robertson, Sr Research Engineer, Stanford University
  • Matt Fabry, Water Pollution Prevention Program Coordinator, C/CAG
  • Danielle McPherson, Water Resource Specialist/Project Manager, WaterNow Alliance
  • Pedro Hernandez, Water Efficiency Coordinator, City of San José
  • Karen Koppett, Senior Water Conservation Specialist, Valley Water
  • David Siddiqui, CEO, Green Evolution
  • Tom Francis, Water Resources Manager, Bay Area Water Supply And Conservation Agency (BAWSCA)
  • Teresa Herrera, Plant Manager, Silicon Valley Clean Water (SVCW)
  • Hossein Ashktorab, Manager, Purified and Recycled Water, Valley Water
  • Karin North, Watershed Protection Manager, City of Palo Alto
  • Sebastien Tilmans, Director of Operations, Stanford’s Codiga Resource Recovery Center
  • Jeff Pringle, Account Manager, Orenco Systems
  • Meena Sankaran, Founder & CEO, Ketos
  • Matt Fabry, Water Pollution Prevention Program Coordinator, C/CAG

Newsha Ajami, PhD
Newsha Ajami, PhD
Director of Urban Water Policy, Water in the West; Senior Research Associate, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
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, 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.

Hossein Ashktorab
Hossein Ashktorab
Water Resource Manager
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Bio

Hossein AshktorabDr. Hossein Ashktorab has been a Unit Manager of Recycled Water at the Santa Clara Valley Water District for over 21 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. He has been responsible for all Districts’ Water Recycling program and played a key role in the implementation of the Silicon Valley Water Purified Water Center.  Prior to working for the District, Dr. Ashktorab taught and performed research at the University of California, Davis and Shiraz University in Shiraz.

Neeta Bijoor
Neeta Bijoor
Water Resource Manager
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Bio

Neeta BijoorDr. Neeta Bijoor is a Water Conservation Specialist at the Santa Clara Valley Water District, where she manages programs to reduce commercial and residential water use, including programs for water-
efficient technologies. She also develops sustainable water supply strategies such as stormwater capture and reuse. Dr. Bijoor was previously a National Science Foundation Fellow at NASA Ames where she identified causes and locations of urban water use inefficiencies. She also enforced water quality at the U.S. EPA and was a Luce Fellow at Peking University. Dr. Bijoor has published several peer-reviewed
articles related to water conservation, climate change, and sustainability, and is a contributor to the book, “The Water-Sustainable City: Science, Policy and Practice.” She graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Science in Geochemistry and earned her Ph.D. from UC Irvine in Earth System
Science.

Josiah Cain
Josiah Cain
Director of Innovation
Sherwood Design Engineers
Bio

Josiah CainJosiah Cain is Director of Innovation at Sherwood Design Engineers. In addition to managing Sherwood’s Innovation Lab, he works with some of the company’s most influential clients on Sustainability Strategy, Ecological Integration, and District Infrastructure Systems. Josiah has been at the forefront of ecologically integrated built environments and sustainable design, including green roof, urban agriculture, stormwater, rain harvesting, graywater and blackwater reuse applications. In the process of building several sustainable design firms over the last 20 years, his clients have included California Academy of Sciences, the SF TransBay Terminal, some of the largest tech firms in Silicon Valley and major Universities nationally.

Taylor Chang
Taylor Chang
Water Resource Expert, SFPUC (SF Water Power Sewer)
Bio

Taylor ChangTaylor Chang is a water resources analyst for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
She manages San Francisco’s Non-potable Water Program and provides technical assistance to projects that are installing onsite non-potable water systems.

Matthew Fabry
Matthew Fabry
Manager, San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program
Bio

Matthew FabryMatthew Fabry serves as Manager for the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program, a program of the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County, which assists the 21 San Mateo municipalities with stormwater compliance issues. He is currently Vice-Chair of the Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association and has over 24 years of experience in water quality and stormwater management. Matthew has worked in municipal, regulatory, and consultant capacities, holds degrees in environmental engineering and music, and is a registered civil engineer in the State of California.

Tom Francis
Tom Francis
Water Resources Manager, Bay Area Water Supply And Conservation Agency (BAWSCA)
Bio

Tom FrancisTom Francis is the Water Resources Manager of the Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency
(BAWSCA), comprising 26 utilities that purchase water from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) for resale to their local service areas.  BAWSCA represents its members’ collective interests in their relationship with the SFPUC on water supply, system operations and reliability matters. 
Mr. Francis directs BAWSCA’s water supply management efforts including water reliability planning, supply acquisition and water conservation.  He also is responsible for overseeing the SFPUC’s $4.6 billion Water System Improvement Program (WSIP) on behalf of the BAWSCA agencies.    
Prior to working for BAWSCA, Mr. Francis worked as a Senior Engineer for East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) where he was responsible for the development of new sources of water supply. 
Mr. Francis has a BS in Civil Engineering from South Dakota State University, an MS in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, and an MBA from Emory University.

Zach F Gallagher photo
Zach F. Gallagher
PE, Executive Vice President
Natural Systems Utilities
Bio

Zach F Gallagher photoMr. 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.
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Robin Grossinger
Robin Grossinger
Senior Scientist, San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI); Co-Director, Resilient Landscapes Program
Bio

Robin Grossinger
Robin Grossinger is a Senior Scientist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute, where he co-directs SFEI’s Resilient Landscapes program. For over twenty years, Robin has analyzed how California landscapes have changed since European contact, using these data to guide landscape-scale restoration strategies. Robin leads efforts throughout the state to reintegrate natural processes within our highly modified landscapes, creating healthier and more adaptive neighborhoods, cities, and surrounding landscapes. He has advised restoration strategies for San Francisco Bay, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, urban landscapes such as the Google campus, and rivers throughout California.

Robin’s publications include the Napa Valley Historical Ecology Atlas (University of California Press 2012) and his work has been featured by NPR, KQED’s QUEST, Saving the Bay, and The New York Times. Robin has been recognized with the Carla Bard Bay Education Award from The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay a Local Hero award from Bay Nature magazine.

Peter Haase
Peter Haase
PE, Principal Engineer
Fall Creek Engineering
Bio

Peter Haase
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.

Pedro Hernandez
Pedro Hernandez
Water Efficiency Coordinator
City of San José
Bio

Pedro HernandezPedro Hernandez has a demonstrated history of working with renewable energy compliance and the environmental industry, with a focus on water.  He has worked on a variety of recycled water projects,including pipeline extensions, meter replacement, AMI piloting, efficiency studies, and more.  For his efforts, Mr.&Hernandez was selected as the 2018 WateReuse California Staff Person of the Year.  He also worked on water conservation projects, including a leak detection pilot, WaterSmart, meter accuracy testing program, and alternative water supply evaluation. In addition to his current role managing the City of San Jose’s Water Efficiency Program, Mr. Hernandez currently serves as the Vice President of the Northern California Chapter of the WateReuse Association and is Chair of the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Retailers Recycled Water Subcommittee.

Teresa Herrera
Teresa Herrera
Plant Manager, Silicon Valley Clean Water (SVCW)
Bio

Teresa HerreraTeresa Herrera joined Silicon Valley Clean Water in 2008 as Plant Engineer to create its first Engineering Department and implement its Capital Improvement Program. In July 2018, Teresa was promoted to the position of Manager, overseeing all functions of the agency. With over 30 years experience in the environmental engineering field, Teresa’s job satisfaction comes from knowing that she is contributing to the overall health and well-being of the public and the environment.
Teresa is excited about the forward-thinking position SVCW takes on its primary responsibility to protect public health and the environment. SVCW approaches its core mission with focus on sustainability and efficiency to meet its obligations. SVCW is known in the wastewater field as forward-thinking and using public-private partnerships to further its goals.
Teresa received her Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and her Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis. Following graduation in 1988, Teresa joined the consulting firm of Whitley Burchett & Associates. She served as president of the company from 2001 to 2008. WBA served many public agencies throughout Northern California acting as District Engineer, Program Managers and Project Managers for both large and small wastewater agency facilities.

Barbara Keegan
Barbara Keegan
Director, Santa Clara Valley Water District
Bio

Barbara KeeganBarbara Keegan was born in Canada to Irish immigrant parents. At the age of twelve her family moved to California, and they subsequently became American Citizens. She first moved to San Jose in 1975 and has lived in District 2 for most of her life. Barbara and her husband currently reside in Willow Glen.
 
Barbara is a third generation Civil Engineer and has lived in Canada, Ireland, the United States and Brazil.  She attended San Jose State University where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering.  Barbara is a licensed Civil Engineer.
 
Barbara has a strong professional background in Civil Engineering which includes many years of experience in successfully delivering capital projects and resolving construction disputes. She was the second woman engineer to be hired by the City of San Jose’s Public Works Department where she worked for 19 years and rose to the level of Division Manager. Her Division was the largest in the Department and she directly supervised over 100 employees.
 
Subsequently Barbara became the City Engineer/Assistant Director of Public Works for the City of Sunnyvale. Barbara represented Sunnyvale on the Cities/County/Water District collaborative that dealt with land use authority adjacent to streams. The last two years of her career were spent at the Water District.
 
In addition to serving on the Water District Board, Barbara also serves on the Boards of the North Willow Glen Neighborhood Association and the San Jose Arena Authority.

Paula Kehoe
Paula Kehoe
Director of Water Resources, SFPUC (SF Water Power Sewer)
Bio

Paula KehoePaula Kehoe is the Director of Water Resources with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). She is responsible for diversifying San Francisco’s local water supply portfolio through the implementation of conservation, groundwater, and recycled water programs. Paula spearheaded San Francisco’s landmark legislation allowing for reuse of alternate water sources in buildings.

Karen Koppette
Karen Koppett
Senior Water Conservation Specialist, Santa Clara Valley Water District
Bio

Karen KoppettKaren Morvay Koppett is a Senior Water Conservation Specialist with the Santa Clara Valley Water District. She has been with the District for fifteen years with the major focus of her work on water use efficiency in the commercial, industrial, and institutional sectors.
Karen has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from UC Santa Cruz and a Master of Science Degree from San Jose State University in Environmental Studies.

Gary Kremen
Gary Kremen
Director, Valley Water (SCVWD)
Bio

Gary KremenGary Kremen is an engineer with more than 30 years of experience starting and mentoring companies that change people’s lives. He invented online dating, starting and growing starting and growing Match.com where he was responsible for over 1,000,000 babies. He founded Clean Power Finance, a leading provider of solar energy to residences, backed by Duke Energy, Florida Power and Light, Southern California Edison, Kleiner Perkins, Google Ventures, Claremont Creek Ventures and Gary Kremen himself. Gary also co-founded Pace Avenue, which recently received a $1.5M U.S. Department of Energy Sunshot Grant to continue developing technology to drive adoption of solar and energy-efficiency to low and moderate income (LMI) households.

Gary was the incubator, founding investor, and Chairman of the county’s leading water conservation company, WaterSmart Software. WaterSmart produces the Home Water Report, which helps water users save an average of 5% of their water usage by giving personal, easy-to-follow recommendations. The company has saved over 1 billion gallons of water to date.

Coming from a background as an engineer and advisor to several startup solar, water, energy management and general sustainability firms, Gary recognizes that clean technology innovation can be used to tackle issues affecting the Santa Clara Valley Water District, such as drought and water management.

Education and sustainability are Gary’s dedicated passions. He teaches a graduate level energy policy course at Northwestern University’s Institute for Sustainability and Energy (ISEN), is a member of the University of California at Merced Foundation Board, 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.

In addition to being elected as the 2015 Chair of the Board of Directors of the Santa Clara Valley Water District, Gary 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 was appointed as a member of the Proposition 39, California Clean Energy Jobs Act Citizen’s Oversight Board.

Terry Lyngso
Terry Lyngso
Owner
Lyngso Garden Materials
Bio

Terry LyngsoTerry Lyngso is President of Lyngso Garden Materials, Inc a second generation family business located in San Carlos. She is a Master Gardener and a Master Composter. She is passionate about soil, the more she learns about soil the more she realizes our future wellbeing depends upon us understanding, working with and support soil biology. A healthy living soil grows healthy plants, cycles nutrients, cleans and holds water and stores carbon.
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Danielle McPherson
Danielle McPherson
Water Resource Specialist/Project Manager, WaterNow Alliance
Bio

Danielle McPhersonDanielle McPherson is the Water Resource Specialist/Project Manager at WaterNow Alliance where she leads WaterNow’s Project Accelerator initiative and works closely with WaterNow’s technical partners. She has 6+ years of program management experience with the wastewater sector and has designed, implemented and managed various wastewater programs with the goal of reducing sanitary sewer overflows. Danielle also coordinates community outreach to educate ratepayers, local agencies, and stakeholders. Danielle was selected to be a member of the Water Education Foundation’s 2019 Water Leader Class. She holds a BA from Denison University, and an MS in Environmental Management, with a concentration in Water Resources Management, from the University of San Francisco.

Dennis Murphy
Dennis Murphy
Water Director
Sustainable Silicon Valley
Bio

Dennis MurphyDennis Murphy is the Water Director of Sustainable Silicon Valley, responsible for promoting intelligent use and reuse of our most precious, misunderstood and under-valued resource. A longtime SSV Senior Advisor, Dennis previously founded and led USGBC California, a statewide policy coalition of green building organizations focused on building the California clean energy economy through championing foundational legislative and regulatory efforts ranging from energy performance data, healthy building materials to purple pipes and water reuse. After many years in IT management consulting, Dennis helped launched initiatives in the geothermal drilling, thermal transfer and storage technology spaces. He has served as Principal Investigator of the California Energy Commission’s “Project Negatherm” heat pump study, as a USGBC Northern California board member and headed EndtoEnd Strategies, a cleantech market and business development consultancy.

Kellyx Nelson
Kellyx Nelson
Executive Director at San Mateo Resource Conservation District
Bio

Kellyx NelsonKellyx Nelson is passionate about public service and building strong alliances to tackle thorny challenges. She has spent nearly 30 years in non-profits, government, and the private sector developing, implementing, and assessing programs and partnerships for environmental benefit and other public good. She has served as the Executive Director of the Resource Conservation District since 2006. Her diverse career has included 14 years as an environmental educator for underserved communities in New York and San Francisco, driving a Freightliner cross-country as a long-haul trucker, delivering packages as a motorcycle messenger, and managing conservation projects for a local land trust. She has an undergraduate degree from Columbia University in Political Science and Environmental Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from UC Berkeley. Under her direction the RCD has achieved distinction, receiving the 2017 Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award, 2016 Sustainability Award from Sustainable San Mateo County, 2012 District of the Year from the California Association of RCDs and more. In 2015, Kellyx was inducted into the San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame in recognition of her contributions to the overall well-being of the County.

Karin North
Karin North
Watershed Protection Manager
City of Palo Alto
Bio

Karin NorthKarin North is the Watershed Protection Manager for the City of Palo Alto. She overseas regulatory compliance for the regional wastewater treatment plant, stormwater, recycled water, pretreatment and sea level rise plan. She is the Vice Chair of the Steering Committee for the Regional Monitoring Program to ensure the health of the San Francisco Bay. She is a One Water advocate and looks for ways to ensure that the right water is used for the right purpose. She has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science Management from UCSB.

Jeff Pringle
Jeff Pringle
Account Manager
Orenco Systems
Bio

Jeff PringleJeff Pringle is an Account Manager for the Western U.S. Region at Orenco Systems® Inc., a wastewater equipment manufacturing firm based in Sutherlin, Oregon. In this role, he works to manage and grow customer accounts in California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas and Hawaii. Since joining Orenco in 2005, Jeff has become a frequent presenter for the company, providing training for regulators, engineers, installers, service providers, and electricians, as well as other Orenco customers. Jeff has an Associate of Applied Science degree in digital systems technology from Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. Jeff previously held positions with Intel Corp in Hillsboro, Oregon and Roseburg Forest Products in Dillard, Oregon.

Sandy Roberston
Sandy Roberston
Sr Research Engineer
Stanford University
Bio

Sandy RoberstonSandy Roberston is a Lecturer in Stanford’s Civil & Environmental Engineering Department. His work in the water/environmental field started in the Peace Corps in Thailand, followed by time as an engineer for a Sacramento, California consulting firm. At Stanford (student and staff) he has been involved in research ranging from copper geochemistry, groundwater recharge, advanced wastewater treatment processes, and children’s exposure to pesticides. He helped develop and manage international research and education collaborations (Clean Water Program & Singapore Stanford Partnership) between Stanford and Nanyang Technological University. He has taught courses in design, aquatic chemistry, and contaminant fate and transport. He was part of the Stanford group that designed the Codiga Resource Recovery Center (CR2C), an on campus pilot scale test facility for promising (waste)water technologies.

Afshin Rouhani
Afshin Rouhani
Engineering Unit Manager, Santa Clara Valley Water District
Bio

Afshin RouhaniAfshin Rouhani is an Engineering Unit Manager responsible for planning phase development of watershed projects for Santa Clara Valley Water District (Valley Water). He has been working on flood risk reduction and habitat enhancement projects at Valley Water for 25 years. In his current role, his unit manages the development of Valley Water’s One Water program, as well as working on several critical flood risk reduction and multi-objective projects like the Coyote Creek project, the Upper Penitencia Creek watershed plan, and various fisheries and environmental projects.
 
Afshin holds Bachelors and Master of Science degrees in civil engineering (water resources focus) from San Jose State University.

Meena Sankaran
Meena Sankaran
Founder & CEO, Ketos
Bio

Meena SankaranMeena Sankaran is a Social Entrepreneur striving to create change in the world through the power of technology and innovation. She has been a key influencer through several leadership roles, diving into strategy and execution with her unique blend of business and technical acumen for the past 17+ years. Currently, she is the Founder & CEO of Ketos, a water intelligence startup that delivers actionable metrics on water safety and sustainability to transform how businesses and people think about water.

Meena is the Founder and Executive Director of PRERNA, an all-volunteer, all women-led 501(c)3 non-profit organization focused on empowering refugees across all ethnicities and faiths on arrival in the US to help lead sustainable lives. Meena is also the Founder of the W.IN.S (Women INner Strength), a women empowerment group that has organically grown and is soaring with over 500+ members. The W.I.N.S Lean In Group inspires women to focus on their inner strength to achieve their highest potential without limiting their identity to only their careers. She is a board member across several startups advising and mentoring entrepreneurs, delivering entrepreneurial workshops in Universities and was most recently invited to speak at a UN panel on SDG #6 during the High-Level Political Forum summit amongst other engagements.

She has been highlighted by Forbes as one of eight Awe-Inspiring Women Founders to Applaud on her non-profit effort work towards refugees. She was chosen by Nasdaq as one of the 2017 Milestone makers and most recently selected as a Leadership in Tech 2019 Fellow. KETOS has also won several awards for its innovation both across India & US including the 1st Prize at the World Open Innovation Conference for being a startup disruptor.

David Siddiqui
David Siddiqui
Chief Executive Officer
Green Evolution LLC
Bio

David SiddiquiDavid Siddiqui is the Founder and CEO of Green Evolution, a consulting firm with a mission to guide individuals and organizations along the path to sustainability. With a passion for developing solutions to benefit human and environmental health, David has been working since 2000 on sustainability issues including water, energy, waste, transportation, and climate. His international experience includes business development and operations for sustainable companies, consulting for utilities and government agencies, program design and management, marketing, customer experience, green building contracting, project management, workforce development, policy, analysis, and evaluation. He has served on multiple advisory groups related to resource conservation initiatives and appeared in dozens of speaking, writing, and media engagements.

Chad Sutton
Chad Sutton
Water Resource Manager
Gachina Landscape
Bio

Chad SuttonChad Sutton Water Resource Manager at Gachina Landscape, has over two decades of experience in the landscape industry – specializing in irrigation technology and business management. He was employed from 2008 – 2014 at Watersavers Irrigation, Inc. and created a SMART controller division focused on irrigation efficiency and conservation. He holds a number of prestigious certifications including his CIT, CLIA and CIC from the Irrigation Association; CWM, Water Management Certification Program, CLCA; QWEL, Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper, recognized by the EPA as an irrigation auditor; CLT in Irrigation, CLCA; HydroPoint Accredited Contractor; and a Certified South Bay Water Recycling (SBWR) Site Supervisor. He holds a BSc in Business Management from the University of Utah. Chad joined Gachina Landscape in 2014 and oversees our water management and irrigation departments.

Lauren Swezey
Lauren Swezey
Sustainability and Community Outreach Manager, Facebook
Bio

Lauren SwezeyLauren Swezey manages sustainability for Facebook Real Estate and Facilities where she directs green building initiatives and renewable energy projects in the Bay Area. Over the past five years, she developed a global Healthy & Sustainable Materials program, which has been implemented throughout Facebook’s extensive building portfolio. She recently oversaw the development of a district scale blackwater system that will save over 16m gallons annually between two buildings designed by architect Frank Gehry, as well as the new 4-acre green roof. Before coming to Facebook, Lauren assisted nonprofits with green building and energy efficiency projects. Lauren began her career as a journalist.

Jennifer Thompson
Jennifer Thompson
Executive Director
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.

Sebastien Tilmans
Sebastien Tilmans
Director of Operations, Stanford’s Codiga Resource Recovery Center
Bio

Sebastien TilmansDr. Sebastien Tilmans is the Executive Director of 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. Sebastien is a licensed professional engineer in California.

Valentino Villa
Valentino Villa
COO, Bioforcetech Corp
Bio

Valentino VillaValentino Villa is the Co-Founder and COO of Bioforcetech Corporation. He started his professional career in 2008 after he earned the status of “Perito Industriale Capotecnico per l’Elettronica e le Telecomunicazioni,” an Italian professional designation for an industrial expert in the field of engineering that is recognized as an industrial engineer outside of Italy. In 2008 and 2011 he co-founded two companies based in Milan, Italy, in the field of Industrial Automation and Corporate Branding and Services. While working at these companies, Valentino Villa started with other 4 people the “Bioforcetech Project”.
After a few years of entrepreneurial experience in Italy, in 2012 Valentino Villa co-founded Bioforcetech Corporation, a US based company. In 2013 he moved to Redwood City, CA and started working as CFO of Bioforcetech Corp.
In 2017 Valentino Villa transitioned to the role of COO, overseeing and managing operations and projects.

Amanda von Almen
Amanda von Almen
Global Manager, Sustainable Built Environment @Salesforce
Bio

Amanda von AlmenAmanda von Almen manages the Salesforce global sustainable built environment program + strategy, working with key REWS partners on due diligence, sustainable + healthy design, projects and certification, operations, building IoT, indoor environmental quality, zero waste, energy management, MEP standards, etc.

Robert Whitley
Robert Whitley
PE, Principal, West Yost Associates
Bio

Robert WhitleyRobert Whitley earned his BS in Civil Engineering from UC Berkeley in 1964 and his MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley in 1965. He has continued to provide service to UC Berkeley by enhancing engineering alumni/students & faculty relationships through periodic on campus activities.
As a practicing engineer for more than 50 years, he has become one of California’s leading experts on recycled water and is one of the founding directors for the WateReuse Association and WateReuse Foundation. He has been a Principal at West Yost Associates since it acquired Whitley Burchett and Associates earlier this year. He was Senior Vice President and Chairman of the Board for Whitley Burchett for 32 years.

Sponsors

Gold

FacebookGoogleValley Water

Silver

CargillCity of Palo Alto

Bronze

SFPUC (Water Power Sewer)County of Santa Clara

H2O

Gachina Landscape Management
West Yost Associates
Bay Area Water Supply & Conversation Agency
Lyngsø
Tanner Pacific
Orenco Systems

Networking opportunities with registered attendees including:

  • Valley Water
  • Acqualogic dba Kanso
  • CA – DOT
  • California Public Utilities Commission
  • California Water Service Company
  • Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge
  • Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame
  • City of Burlingame
  • City of Lafayette Councilmember
  • City of Morgan Hill
  • City of Palo Alto
  • City of Santa Clara Planning Commission
  • Committee for Green Foothills
  • County of San Mateo
  • County of Santa Clara
  • EKI
  • Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Facebook
  • Geosyntec Consultants
  • Global Mosaic
  • Google LLC
  • Grassroots Ecology
  • Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
  • MNS Engineers, Inc.
  • Orenco Systems
  • Pacific Forest Trust
  • Portola Valley Sustainability Committee
  • San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board
  • San Jose ESD Muni Water Services
  • Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society
  • Sierra Club
  • Silicon Valley Clean Water
  • Space Science Institute
  • Stage2
  • Stanford University
  • Strategic Energy Innovations
  • Supervisor Pine’s Office
  • Town of Hillsborough
  • Town of Portola Valley
  • US-China Green Energy Council
  • WaterSmart Software
  • Woodard and Curran

 

Questions? Contact Dennis Murphy: 408-930-5744 or dmurphy@sustainablesv.org