Jennifer Thompson

Sustainable Silicon Valley

Bio

Presentation

Cindy Clark

Sustainable Silicon Valley

Bio

Mayor Sam Liccardo

City of San Jose

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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. Sam graduated from San José’s Bellarmine College Prep and Georgetown University, prior to receiving 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, east of Downtown.

Frances Spivy-Weber

State Water Resources Control Board

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Frances Spivy-Weber of Redondo Beach was first appointed to the State Water Resources Control Board in 2007, reappointed and elected Vice-Chair of the Board in 2009. Before being appointed to the Board, she served as the executive director of the Mono Lake Committee since 1997. From 1983 to 1992, Ms. Weber served as the director of international programs for the National Audubon Society. She previously was a legislative assistant for the Animal Welfare Institute from 1978 to 1982. Ms. Spivy-Weber is currently serving as Chair of the Water Policy Center Advisory Council with the Public Policy Institute of California; Member, Advisory Board of Syzergy; and Member, Advisory Committee on Recycled Water and Direct Augmentation of Surface Waters and Feasibility of Direct Potable Reuse.

Paula Kehoe

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

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Paula 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.

Barbara Keegan

Santa Clara Valley Water District

Barbara Keegan earned her Bachelor’s & Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering at San Jose State University. She is a licensed Civil Engineer. Ms. Keegan 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 hired by the City of San Jose’s Public Works Department where she worked for 19 years and rose to Division Manager. Ms. Keegan became the City Engineer/Assistant Director of Public Works for the City of Sunnyvale. She spent the last two years of her career at the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

Clark Brockman

SERA Architects

Clark is SERA’s Principal leading their San Mateo, CA office and a champion for climate-responsive design. Clark is an experienced facilitator and passionate advocate who has led the firm’s continuing evolution in the arenas of high performance buildings, sustainability and district scale systems, while also working outside the firm on multiple initiatives and policy efforts to transform the market. He is a LEED Fellow, past Chair of the Cascadia Green Building Council, a past board member of the International Living Future Institute of which he was a founder. He serves as a green building policy advisor to cities, counties, regional governments, states, national organizations and the federal government. He is a member of the AIA’s National Board Advocacy Committee and on SPUR’s Water & Climate Policy Board. Clark is a GSA Professional Peer and served as a juror for the 2012 AIA COTE Top 10 national sustainable design awards.

Kirsten James

Ceres

Kirsten James is the Director of California Policy at Ceres. Ceres is a non-profit organization mobilizing investor and business leadership to build a thriving, sustainable economy. She leads the development of strategy and policy objectives for Ceres’s California-focused work, including the business-led California water campaign, Connect the Drops. Kirsten also maintains and builds Ceres’ business and investor partnerships within California and mobilizes them in support of public policies that call for sustainable water management, clean energy and greenhouse gas emissions reductions in California. Prior to Ceres, Kirsten worked for 9 years at the Santa Monica-based environmental group, Heal the Bay.

Newsha Ajami, PhD

Water in the West, Stanford University

Newsha 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.

Nicole Neeman Brady

Edison Water Resources

Nicole Neeman Brady is President of Edison Water Resources (EWR), LLC, a subsidiary of Edison International. EWR was organized to pursue water purification and wastewater treatment opportunities. Nicole designed the business to develop, own, operate and maintain water treatment projects that provide water to address self-sufficiency, sustainability and reliability concerns. Prior to EWR, Nicole worked in various operational and leadership roles within Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. She was most recently the Director of Energy Procurement where she was responsible for all energy contracting and power, natural gas and emissions trading for the company. Prior to SCE, Nicole worked in strategic planning for Twentieth Century Fox and in private equity for Goldman Sachs. Nicole Neeman Brady holds dual Bachelor of Arts degrees, with honors, in architecture and in economics from Brown University and a Master of Business Administration degree, with distinction, from Harvard Business School.

Peter Haase

Acqualogic

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.

Tom Ferguson

Imagine H20

Tom is VP of Programming at Imagine H2O, the water innovation accelerator. IH2O connects promising entrepreneurs and water innovations with world leaders in the industry, government, and social enterprise to help turn new ideas into self-funding, high impact solutions. Tom previously worked in strategy and operations in two early stage cleantech companies in San Francisco and London, before moving to Imagine H2O to help scale the organization. Prior to business school he was an Engagement Manager with ERM in London, focusing on building investment cases for sustainability-related projects (water &: energy) in FTSE 100 companies. Tom holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MA in Politics from Edinburgh University.

Laura Tam

SPUR

Presentation

Laura Tam is the Sustainable Development Policy Director at SPUR, a Bay Area think-tank and one of the leading urban policy groups in the United States. Laura has led SPUR’s work on water, energy, and climate change since 2007. She is a thought-leader on many aspects of sustainability and climate resilience, including urban water policy and management, green infrastructure, sea level rise, and the transition to clean energy. She has authored or co-authored numerous reports and policy studies including Fossil-Free Bay Area, Future-Proof Water, Climate Change Hits Home, Greener and Better Roofs, and the book, Resilient Coastal City Regions. Her work has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times, KQED and other media outlets. She is a frequent speaker and presenter and has guest-lectured at all of the Bay Area’s major universities including Stanford and UC Berkeley. Laura currently serves on the Board of Friends of the Urban Forest, and was appointed by the Mayors of San Francisco and Oakland to serve on those cities’ respective Resilient City Steering Committees. She has also served on the board of the Green Infrastructure Foundation, the advisory council of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the advisory committee of the Business Council on Climate Change, and the citizens advisory committee of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Prior to working at SPUR, Laura worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Office of the Inspector General, where she designed and conducted environmental program evaluations of national significance. She has a Master’s degree in environmental management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a BA in geography from Dartmouth College.

Senator Jerry Hill

Senate District 13

Sen. Hill has served in the Senate since 2012, building on his track record of leadership in environmental issues through many years of public service. In California’s fifth year of a historic drought, Sen. Hill authored SB 814, requiring water suppliers to have a process to identify and discourage excessive residential water use during drought emergencies. It came in response to a constituent who was outraged by news reports of households that had used millions – in one case 12 million – gallons of water with no repercussions. In August Governor Brown signed the bill, which goes into effect January 1.

Debbie Davis-Franco

Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

Debbie Davis-Franco is the Community and Rural Affairs Advisor and Local Drought Liaison in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. Debbie works on a range of issues including environmental justice, water, water and energy, and rural community issues. Prior to joining OPR, Debbie served as the Policy Director at the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water. Debbie has a Bachelor’s Degree from UC Davis and a Master’s Degree in Social Ecology from UC Irvine.

Josiah Cain

Codiga Resource Recovery Center at Stanford

Josiah 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.

Heather Cooley

Heather Cooley

Heather Cooley is Director of the Water Program at the Pacific Institute. She conducts and oversees research on sustainable water use and management, the connections between water and energy, and the impacts of climate change on water resources. She received a B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology and a Master’s degree in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Cooley has served on the California Commercial, Industrial, and Institutional Task Force and currently serves on the California Urban Stakeholder Committee and the California Urban Water Conservation Council’s Board of Directors.

Mary Ann Dickinson

Alliance for Water Efficiency

Mary Ann Dickinson is President and CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the efficient and sustainable use of water in the United States and Canada. Based in Chicago, the Alliance works with nearly 400 water utilities, water conservation professionals in business and industry, planners, regulators, and consumers. In 2014, the Alliance won the U.S. Water Prize in the non-profit category for its work. She is the Chair of the Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group for the International Water Association and has presented numerous papers internationally as well as in the United States.

Bob Hitchner

Nexus eWater Inc.

Bob Hitchner is Chief Sales & Marketing Officer for Nexus eWater Inc., the first company to launch a practical solution for home water and energy recycling. Bob previously held senior sales and marketing positions for tankless water heating at Noritz America and Rheem Manufacturing. He developed a keen appreciation for the interplay between culture and technology and the human capacity to adapt, while living in Japan. He believes that California is entering an era of fast-paced lifestyle innovation and adaptation driven by technology and our altered view of each individual’s planetary impact. Bob is from Upstate New York and graduated in East Asian Studies from Harvard University.

Kara Nelson

University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Kara Nelson is a Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research program addresses innovative strategies to increase the sustainability of urban water infrastructure, including technologies for potable and non-potable water reuse, nutrient recovery, decentralized systems, intermittent water supply, household water treatment, and low-cost sanitation. She has published over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Prof. Nelson leads the Engineering Thrust at ReNUWIt (Reinventing our Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure), serves on the expert panel advising the State of California on the feasibility of direct potable water reuse, and currently conducts research in the U.S., Panama, Kenya, Bangladesh, and India.

Sebastien Tilmans, PhD

Codiga Resource Recovery Center at Stanford

Dr. 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.

We know there's great opportunity with onsite water reuse.

Mayor Sam Liccardo

City of San José

The idea of focusing on recycling and reuse is critical. I see that as something where we can move in a major direction and be a major force in the future.

Senator Jerry Hill

California State Senate

There can be a reduction of up to 50% of potable water used in residential building and 95% of potable water used in commercial building (with on site non-potable reuse)

Paula Kehoe

San Francisco Public
Utilities Commission

The water challenge is not finding more new water, but using water that we have more efficiently.

Frances Spivy-Weber

State Water Resources
Control Board

We can make new development more water-efficient.

Tony Eulo

City of Morgan Hill

The compromised reliability of Delta water supplies, growing consumer demand, climate change and multi-year droughts require that we expand a locally controlled, more sustainable water supply.

Barbara Keegan

Santa Clara Valley
Water District

The yuck factor of water reuse can be overcome with education.

Clark Brockman

SERA Architects

You're not paying for water; you're paying for the services that are provided to you.

Newsha K. Ajami

PhD, Stanford University

We saw the movement in the energy sector about 20 years ago from centralized to decentralized projects. We see the same potential in the water space.

Nicole Neeman Brady

Edison Water Resources

There’s tremendous room for innovation. We’ve got to start thinking out of the box.

Peter Haase

Acqualogic

I think we should start saying things that make us uncomfortable.

Tom Ferguson

Imagine H2O

The drought has revealed Silicon Valley’s dependence on imported water, and raised questions about its reliability.

Laura Tam

SPUR

I would suggest that we in the water community have not yet come to terms with what climate change means for the water supply in our state. ... We will need every single solitary tool to maintain the lifestyle we've become accustomed to and reuse is one of those tools.

Debbie Franco

Governor’s Office of
Planning & Research

Today we are going to talk about opportunities. It's really amazing how the conversation around water reuse has changed in a relatively short period of time.

Jennifer Thompson

Sustainable Silicon Valley

We intend to build a model community for water resilience with a vibrant reuse ecosystem.

Cindy Clark

Sustainable Silicon Valley

Today we are going to talk about opportunities. It's really amazing how the conversation around water reuse has changed in a relatively short period of time.

Jennifer Thompson

Sustainable Silicon Valley

TimeAgenda
11:00amRegistration Opens
11:15amLunch Buffet opens
11:45amWelcome Address
Jennifer Thompson – Executive Director, Sustainable Silicon Valley
Cindy Clark – Chief Development Officer, Sustainable Silicon Valley
11:55amWater Sustainability in San Jose
Mayor Sam Liccardo, City of San Jose
12:20pmCollaboration Amongst State, Local, and Business Interests
Frances Spivy-Weber, State Water Resources Control Board
12:45pmFramework for Distributed Reuse Standards
Paula Kehoe, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
1:15pmPanel 1: Ordinance for New Development Water Efficiency
Tony Eulo, City of Morgan Hill
Barbara Keegan, Santa Clara Valley Water District
Clark Brockman, SERA Architects
Moderator: Kirsten James, Ceres
2:00pmTwo-minute Pitches
2:10pmBreak and Networking
2:30pmPanel 2: Innovative Financing
Newsha Ajami, Water in the West, Stanford University
Nicole Neeman Brady, Edison Water Resources
Peter Haase, Acqualogic
Moderator: Tom Ferguson, Imagine H20
3:15pm10 Ways to Advance Water Sustainability
Laura Tam, SPUR
3:40pmTable Conversations
4:30pmThe Wisdom Behind SB814: The Water Guzzlers’ Bill, and Other Actions
Senator Jerry Hill, California State Senate
5:00pmReuse: Key to Our Water Portfolio with the Bay Area Leading the Way
Debbie Franco, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
5:20pmWrap-Up
Jennifer Thompson – Executive Director, Sustainable Silicon Valley
Cindy Clark – Chief Development Officer, Sustainable Silicon Valley
5:30amBeer, Wine and Networking
6:30amEvent Ends

Table topicsExperts and sponsors
1. Cities: Is a water efficiency ordinance right for your city?Clark Brockman, SERA Designs
Ecovie Environmental
2. Cities: Diving into the details for a water efficiency ordinanceBob Hitchner, Nexus eWater
Nexus eWater
3. What does Sacramento need to know about reuse?Debbie Franco, Governor’s OPR
4. Water Offsets: The Alliance for Water Efficiency framework for encouraging growth within existing water suppliesMary Ann Dickinson,Water Alliance
Z Nano
5. Innovations in water efficiency–source separating toilets and other cutting edge technologiesKara Nelson, UC Berkeley
6. Local data projects: tracking use/reuse for water and land use agenciesNewsha Ajami, Water in the West at Stanford
San Jose Water
7. Water– A Critical Component to Risk, Business Resiliency and Supply Chain Reliability Nicole Neeman Brady,Edison Water
Natural Systems Utilities
8. Keeping water affordable–providing clean water for everyoneHeather Cooley, Pacific Institute
9. How Quickly can DPR be part of our local water portfolio and how big of role can it play?Santa Clara Valley Water District
Purple Pipe
10. Opportunities for Stormwater capture, storage and reuseKirsten James, Ceres andJenna Browning, ARUP
11. District Scale (tech and academic campuses): innovative water efficiency solutionsJosiah Cain, Sherwood Designs
Watts Water
12. Innovative financing for small to mid-sized projectsPeter Haase, Acqualogic/Fall Creek
Water City
13. Climate Change + water resilienceLaura Tam, SPUR
14. Resource recovery–the future of waste water treatmentSebastien Tilmans, Codiga at Stanford
Emefcy Orenco Santa Clara Valley Water Google
Aquacell Ecovie Natural Systems Utilities Purple Pecie
Nexus eWater San Jose Water Company WaterCity Watts Water Technologies Inc.
zNano Water Filtration Systems