USGBC Northern California 20th Annual Water Conservation Showcase, June 15, 8am - 5pm, San Ramon, CA

  • 15 June 2023
  • Start time : 08:00 AM
  • End time : 05:00 PM
  • Event Host : AIASF, East Bay Municipal Utility District, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, San Jose Water, Pacific Gas & Electric, USGBC-Northern California
  • Event Location : San Ramon Valley Conference Center, 3301 Crow Canyon Rd, San Ramon, CA, 94583, United States
June 15, San Ramon, CA - 20th Annual Water Conservation Showcase
Event Description

Since 2004, hundreds of advocates, researchers, business leaders, product manufacturers and government officials have gathered every year to address the most pressing water issues and challenges facing the state of California. Grab a ticket today for the showcase to learn more about scalable strategies and solutions to conserve one of Earth's most precious resources.

The 20th Anniversary Water Conservation Showcase will take place on June 15, 2023 at the San Ramon Valley Conference Center. You can join in person to engage with the expo and network with other water industry professionals.

Sessions will review water conservation strategies deployed at large corporate headquarters (Microsoft and Uber) and other sites including integrated water management and treatment systems and a circular water economy where water is collected for onsite gardens that produce food for a couple of the projects.


  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • AIASF, East Bay Municipal Utility District, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, San Jose Water, Pacific Gas & Electric, USGBC-Northern California
  • Agenda
    • 8:00 am
      Doors Open

      9:00 am to 10:30 am PT
      Water Rights and Scarcity: From Global to Local in Room J101
      Innovative Architecture for Efficient Water Use in Room J102
      Strategies to Engage Our Diverse Communities in Room G

      11:00 am to 12:30 pm PT
      Frontiers of the Water-Energy Nexus in Room J101
      Finding Leaks in the Haystack in Room J102
      Climate-Wise Commercial Landscape Practices in Room G

      1:30 pm to 3:00 pm PT
      Boosting Resilience with Groundwater Recharge in Room J101
      EcoBlock: Creating an Urban Block-Scale Microgrid in Room J102
      Drought to Deluge: A Rain Garden in Action in Room G

      3:30 pm to 5:00 pm PT
      CA's Water Supply Strategy: Adapting to a Hotter, Drier Future in Room J101
      Blue Architecture: Delivering Net Positive Watershed Impact in Room J102
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Aaron Tartakovsky: Co-Founder and CEO, Epic Cleantec
      Alvar Escriva-Bou: Assistant Professor, UCLA
      Amy Weinfurter: Director of Strategic Projects, WaterNow Alliance
      Annalisa Kihara, PE: Assistant Deputy Director, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board
      Brett Desmarais: Landscape Architect | Arborist, San Francisco Public Works
      Brook Muller: Dean, College of Arts +Architecture, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
      Chris Hewes: Water Resources Planner, Woodard & Curran
      Claire Nordlie: Water Conservation Coordinator, City of Santa Rosa
      Craig Boman: Project Manager, Sherwood Design Engineers
      Dave Phelps: Landscape Architect, Consultant, and Educator, Garden Enlightenment
      Erik Elmtoft: Associate Principal, AlfaTech Consulting Engineers
      Dr. Geoffrey R. Tick: Senior Water Resources Specialist, Valley Water
      Grace Su: Senior Civil Engineer, East Bay Municipal Utility District
      Hugo Mata: Principal/CEO, Soluna Outreach Solutions
      Jennifer Cooper: Landscape Architecture Bureau Manager, San Francisco Public Works
      Kevin Galvin: Water Conservation Administrator, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
      Kris Tjernell: Deputy Director, CA Department of Water Resources
      Kyle Pickett: Co-founder & VP of the Board, Worthen Foundation
      Loren McIrvin: Owner, Allied Landscape
      Newsha K. Ajami: Chief Strategic Development Officer, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
      Dr. Peter S. Fiske: Executive Director - National Alliance for Water Innovation, NAWI - National Alliance for Water Innovation
      Sandy Robertson: Oakland Ecoblock
      Sarah Sutton: Landscape Architect/Author
      Sonali Abraham: Senior Researcher, Pacific Institute
      Therese Peffer: Associate Director, California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE), UC Berkeley
      Wright Sherman: ​Partner, WRNS Studio
  • Event type
    • Annual Meeting/Event

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