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Water Conversation Showcase 2017

When: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: PG&E Pacific Energy Center
851 Howard Street
San Francisco, California  94103
United States

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Do you want to learn more about water conservation including how water utilities, product developers, designers, research institutions and leaders in the building industry are addressing our water availability challenges? If these perspectives are of interest and you are eager to learn how you can reduce your own water impact, we encourage you to attend our Water Conservation Showcase scheduled for Tuesday, March 21st. This event is the largest held at the PG&E Pacific Energy Center each year and will include dozens of exhibitors, eight educational sessions and hundreds of participants.

Our Water Conservation Showcase is organized through collaborations between the US Green Building Council’s Northern California Chapter, the Committee on the Environment from the local American Institute of Architects chapter, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, East Bay Municipal Utility District and the PG&E Pacific Energy Center.

The event is free, but please register by going to the following URL AIA Learning Units are available for those who attend the information sessions.


Agenda and Educational Session Descriptions

10:00 am, Conference Center
“How Are Projects with Water Budgets and MWELO Compliance Actually Performing?”

  • Dave Langridge, Water Conservation Representative, EBMUD
  • Ann-Marie Benz, Executive Director, ReScape California/Bay-Friendly Coalition
  • Sarah Sutton, BFQP, ASLA, LEED AP, Principal, PlaceWorks
This presentation looks at metered data collected by EBMUD at MWELO-compliant sites and identifies where the best irrigators are located. For some specific sites, ReScape representatives will describe the specific water-saving landscape design strategies deployed.


10:00 am, Green Room
"Eliminating Water Waste: A Panel Discussion on Leak Detection Techniques and Case Study Projects"

  • Sean Steffensen, Mechanical Engineer, California Energy Commission
  • Ryan Gabriel, P.E., Engineer – Hydraulics and Operational Support, SFPUC City Distribution Division
  • Timothy D. Danz, Chief Engineer, The California Center
  • Cindy Anderson, Vice President, Marketing, The Detection Group
This panel discussion on leak detection will feature four perspectives and explore the topic at both utility and building scales. The magnitude of water leaks in California will be discussed along with strategies and technologies that can be leveraged to address the problem.


12:00 noon, Conference Center
"Recommendations for a New Long Term Water Use Efficiency Framework"

  • Peter Brostrom, Water Use Efficiency Program Manager, California Department of Water Resources
The main focus of the talk will describe the recommendations for a new long term water use framework in California including a description of the proposed water budget targets, commercial, industrial and institutional performance measures and water shortage contingency plans.


12:00 noon, Green Room
"From Laboratories to Homes: Water Conservation Case Studies"

  • Claire Maxfield, Director, Atelier Ten
  • Mayank Saxena, Project Manager - Indra Designs Inc.
Panel presentation featuring the recently-completed work of two design firms, Atelier Ten and Indra Designs Inc., whose collective portfolio demonstrates that water conservation can be applied across a wide range of building types and scales.


2:00 pm, Conference Center
"Water Use Reduction at UC Campuses: Water Conservation Case Studies”

  • Camille Kirk, Director of Sustainability and Michael Fan, Director of Utilities, UC Davis
  • Eliahu Perszyk, Water Program Coordinator, UC San Francisco
  • Kristen Lee, Sustainability Programs Manager and Patrick Testoni, Energy Manager, UC Santa Cruz
By exploring the water-conserving projects deployed at UC-Davis, UC-San Francisco and UC-Santa Cruz, this panel presentation will take a closer look at the myriad of strategies being pursued to meet the University of California system-wide goal of reducing per-capita water consumption by 20% by 2020.


2:00 pm, Green Room

"A Closer look at Plumbing Fixtures: From Standards to Performance Testing”
  • Stephanie Tanner, Lead Engineer, US EPA WaterSense Program
  • John Koeller, Principal, Koeller and Company - MaP Testing
This panel presentation on plumbing fixtures will include an overview and update on the EPA's WaterSense program and explore California's individual fixture standards. The future of these standards, actual product performance and industry trends will also be presented.


4:00 pm, Conference Center
"Progressive Civil Engineering: Water Conservation Case Studies"

  • Amelia Luna, Project Manager, Sherwood Design Engineers
  • Peter Haase, Principal Engineer, Fall Creek Engineer, Inc. & Chief Technology Officer at Acqualogic
This panel presentation will feature the design work of two progressive civil engineering firms: Sherwood Design Engineers and Fall Creek Engineer, Inc.. Through case study project examples, representatives of both firms will share their inventive design strategies, core principles that insure project success, water-savings data and lessons learned.


4:00 pm, Green Room
"Addressing California’s Water Needs Through Data and Collaboration"

  • Frank Loge, Director, Center for Water-Energy Efficiency, University of California, Davis
This session will explore the historic context, challenges and opportunities related to the water-energy nexus. The speaker will share the results of recent research on the topic and describe the latest industry approaches to water and energy utility partnerships.


Exhibiting at the Showcase

At this time we have about thirty exhibitors line up for this year’s Water Showcase, but there is still room for additions. If you know an organization that could benefit from the exposure our showcase can provide, please direct them to the Exhibitor Interest Intake Form found at this URL:

We typically get over 800 water industry and building professionals to attend the Water Showcase each year.