A Deep Dive: On-Site Water Reuse & Strategies to Move Forward

  • 25 Oct 2018
  • 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • 365 F St. Chula Vista, CA 91910


  • Please email
    bridget@usgbc-sd.org for registration code.

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When: October 25th, 2018 10:30am-4:00pm (10:30-11am Check-in)

Where: Chula Vista Public Library Civic Center Branch - 365 F St. 91910

Session Description: This workshop will take a look at the components of the Living Building Challenge, with a deep focus on the requirements of the Water Petal. Participants will develop an understanding of why water is such a critical issue in the built environment and the positive impact professionals can have through conservation, reuse, and on-site capture and treatment. Participants will walk step by step through the issues, considerations, and strategies for creating a closed loop water system on-site. Attendees will hear about regional case studies and projects already implementing on-site water reuse strategies. This workshop will also include a discussion of issues and solutions related to water policy and what is needed next to make it easier for project teams and policy makers alike to support integrated water management.

Who is ILFI? The International Living Future Institute is an environmental NGO committed to catalyzing the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. ILFI is premised on the belief that providing a compelling vision for the future is a fundamental requirement for reconciling humanity’s relationship with the natural world. ILFI operates the Living Building Challenge, the built environment’s most ambitious performance standard. 


Kathleen Smith, Vice President of Living Building Challenge

As Vice President of the Living Building Challenge, Kathleen oversees all aspects of the program including its continued evolution as the most innovative green building standard in the world.  In addition, she leads the Institute’s strategic and technical consulting services with projects, institutions, and governments working to adopt advanced measures of sustainability related to the Living Building Challenge. She also directs the Institute’s Education Work across all its programs including the Living Building Challenge, Living Product Challenge, and Living Community Challenge.

Kathleen Smith is a LEED Fellow and nationally recognized expert in sustainable design. She is an architect by training with over 25 years of experience in sustainable design, construction and education. Prior to her current role, Kathleen served key roles in several organizations including principal of her own firm, Ecosmith Architecture & Consulting; national sustainability service line leader for AECOM; and project architect and director of consulting for Van der Ryn Architects.

Eric Hough, PMP, Vice President of Business Development, Natural Systems Utilities

Mr. Hough has more than 10 years of experience in the design, construction, commissioning and operation of water and wastewater treatment and recycling systems. With a background in Environmental Engineering, Mr. Hough is responsible for the successful delivery of over 50 water and wastewater projects, with design capacities ranging from 5,000 - 8,000,000 gallons per day. Mr. Hough has 6 years of experience with water projects in the San Diego area. In 2009, Mr. Hough was part of the team who delivered the San Diego Indirect Potable Reuse  Demonstration Project which ultimately resulted in Pure Water San Diego.

 Mr. Hough proudly serves as NSU’s Vice President of Business Development and on the Board of Directors for the William J. Worthen Foundation where he is responsible for the development of sustainable water infrastructure at numerous properties throughout California and the West.

Erica Ross, Associate, PAE

Erica Ross is an Associate at PAE Engineers, with her primary focus on water efficient plumbing designs for sustainable buildings. Erica has designed over a dozen LEED rated or registered projects. Erica has provided expertise for a wide variety of onsite water reuse systems including rainwater, greywater, and blackwater systems.

This event is free for Government & Water Agency Employees, email bridget@usgbc-sd.org to learn more.

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