Water Conservation Showcase 2020 (Day 2), August 4, 9 am - 1:20 pm PST

  • 4 August 2020
  • Start time : 09:00 AM
  • End time : 01:20 PM
  • Event Location : Online, San Francisco, CA, United States
Water Conservation
Event Description

The Water Conservation Showcase is a free event and is organized through the combined efforts of the U.S. Green Building Council Northern California, East Bay Municipal Utility District, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the Committee on the Environment from the local American Institute of Architects chapter, the City of San Jose's Water Resources Division and the PG&E Pacific Energy Center.

Day 2 will feature the following panels:

Watersheds as Engagement Tool

Speakers: Dr. Elizabeth Dougherty, Cari Simson, Kat Sawyer

8/4/20 | 9:00am - 10:20am

Watch Now: Preview this session here.

Too often, the concept and practices of water conservation and reuse are introduced in an environmental vacuum, lacking the deeper context of ʺwhy we conserveʺ. In this panel, we’ll be focusing on watershed health and connecting people to both their local watershed ecosystems as well as the watershed(s) ecosystems that provide potable water and ongoing motivation for conservation and reuse. We’ll be looking at case studies from California watersheds.

Stormwater Bioretention Systems

Speaker: Peter Schultze-Allen

8/4/20 | 10:30 am - 11:50 am

Watch Now: Preview this session here.


Rain gardens, bioretention areas, stormwater planters and green roofs, referred to as green stormwater infrastructure (GSI), provide

a multitude of benefits to the urban landscape. This session will review GSI terminology, state and local regulations, and steps to design, install and maintain a successful GSI system. Several examples of successful projects will be shown, and attendees are encouraged to bring their questions.

Workshop: Plant Talk

Speakers: Milena Fiore, Cielo Sichi, Remington Jones

Host: Ryan Stroupe

8/4/20 | 12:00 pm - 1:20 pm

Watch Now: Preview this session here.


Do you have a burning question you’ve always wanted to ask a landscape design or maintenance expert? Have a question about a specific plant or landscape challenge where nothing seems to work no matter what you do? Styled after NPR’s long-running and popular “Car Talk” program, this session is designed to address landscape, garden and plant questions from attendees. We will also include a guest panelist,

a garden-based puzzler and a “stump the chumps” segment with gifts if you win! If you are unfamiliar with “Car Talk”, go here: or check out these recordings of the show. Because we can substantiate questions with visuals, participants can submit photographs, diagrams and other descriptive information related to your inquiry. Send plant and landscape questions and visuals to Ryan Stroupe at in advance of August 4. This session was developed by and with experts from ReScape California, a non-profit organization that educates about and advocates for a whole-systems approach to landscaping.

  • Cost
    • FREE Event
  • Event type
    • Conference

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