Phillip Winter, Co-Founder and CEO Nebia, Inc. “This is where the leaders in water meet”
Attendee from a local water agency “This was an informative and inspiring event!”
Thank you for being a part of SSV’s No Drop Behind at Microsoft on Tuesday, December 5th. Your participation helped to make our event the best attended and most energetic to date!
We are so proud to have hosted such a diverse and esteemed group of water leaders. We hope you made valuable connections and had meaningful conversations. Our speakers did a fantastic job creating informative and inspiring presentations.
Your collaborative efforts during our table activity identified some innovative paths forward for water reuse. We look forward to using these as a framework for our spring event.
Thank you again for your participation in helping build a resilient water community, stay connected with our speakers by downloading the Tech List PDF!
Sustainable Silicon Valley
Sustainable Silicon Valley’s 4th Annual Winter Water Event, No Drop Left Behind: Smart & Sustainable Water Strategies, provided attendees exposure to innovative ideas and access to renowned water leaders. The event brought together over 200 leaders and decision makers from cities and counties, tech companies, water agencies, water technology companies, water experts and developers.
Jennifer Thompson, Sustainable Silicon Valley Cindy Clark, Sustainable Silicon Valley Welcome: SSV Water Update
Katie Ross, Microsoft Microsoft: Silicon Valley Campus Redevelopment Project
Richard Nagel, CH2M, Opportunities in Centralized Water Recycling
Moderator: Sebastien Tilmans, Stanford University’s Codiga Resource Recovery panelists: Aaron Tartakovsky’s, Epic CleanTec Dan Child, Silicon Valley Clean Water Bob Whitley, West Yost Associates Working with the System
Newsha Ajami, Stanford University, Water in the West
Creating Resilience Under a New Climate Reality, Interviewer: Newsha Ajami, Interviewee: Chair John L. Varela, Santa Clara Valley Water District Chair John L. Varela, Santa Clara Valley Water District, Interviewer: Clark Brockman, SERA Architects Interviewee: Paula Kehoe, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Paula Kehoe, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Moderator: Cindy Clark, Sustainable Silicon Valley Panelists: Peter Haase, Acqualogic Chad Martin, Dripcycle Greg Ryan, PTG Rick Salz, Dynamic Water, Reuse Innovators
Neeta Bijoor, Santa Clara Valley Water District, Commercial Rebate Update from SCVWD
Two minutes pitches
SPEAKERS, TOPIC, SLIDES
Sustainable Water Solutions
SSV believes passionately in the power of collaboration to drive transformation. Our water events provide a unique opportunity for a diverse group of agencies, local governments, corporations, small businesses, elected officials and academics to gather, exchange ideas and facilitate innovative projects to increase the resilience of our local water supply in response to population growth and climate change impact.
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.
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Dr. Neeta Bijoor
is a Water Conservation Specialist at the Santa Clara Valley Water District, where she manages programs to reduce commercial and residential water use, including programs for water-efficient technologies. She also develops sustainable water supply strategies such as stormwater capture and reuse. Dr. Bijoor was previously a National Science Foundation Fellow at NASA Ames where she identified causes and locations of urban water use inefficiencies. She also enforced water quality at the U.S. EPA and was a Luce Fellow at Peking University. Dr. Bijoor has published several peer-reviewed articles related to water conservation, climate change, and sustainability, and is a contributing author to the book, “The Water-Sustainable City: Science, Policy and Practice.” She graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Science in Geochemistry and earned her Ph.D. from UC Irvine in Earth System Science.
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.
Sherwood Design Engineers
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.
Silicon Valley Clean Water (SVCW)
Dan Child is the Manager of Silicon Valley Clean Water (SVCW) located in Redwood City, CA. Since starting at SVCW in 2006, Dan has worked towards the implementation of a Capital Improvement Program authorized by the SVCW Commission to enable the public facilities to meet their future needs.
In addition, Dan has worked with the SVCW staff and multiple outside entities to evaluate and improve wastewater treatment and reclamation technologies. He has been creative in developing methods to address the risk and costs involved in developing new ideas and SVCW has become a place of innovation through these efforts.
Sustainable Silicon Valley
is Sustainable Silicon Valley’s Senior Water Director. She has been with SSV since January 2015, having previously served as Chief Development Officer and Director of Business Development. Cindy developed SSV’s Water Replenish Project in order to create local water resiliency and help restore our aquatic ecosystems. She is responsible for stakeholder education, policy and alliance base advocacy. Prior to joining SSV, Cindy was an entrepreneur and spent many years in high tech business development. She has a BA from UC Berkeley, a JD from Santa Clara University and is an active member of the California Bar Association.
Zach F. Gallagher
Natural Systems Utilities
is a licensed Professional Engineer and LEED Accredited Professional holding BS and MS degrees from Rutgers University in Bio-Resource and Civil/Environmental Engineering. He is currently Executive Vice President for Natural Systems Utilities (NSU) and serves on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Green Building Council, NJ Chapter. NSU designs, builds and operates onsite water treatment and reuse systems. With over 30 years of innovation and leadership in the industry NSU operates over 200 onsite systems from coast to coast. In 2007, Mr. Gallagher partnered in Alliance Environmental, an environmental engineering and sustainability consulting firm where he served as COO before its merger with NSU. Prior to this time he worked for Applied Water Management Group where he specialized in wastewater management planning and water reuse systems. Mr. Gallagher’s current focus is on water reuse and complete integrated infrastructure approaches that combine water and energy with a concentration on handling the systems integration aspects and overall functionality.
, 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.
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
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.
PTG Water & Energy
is the COO & CFO (Chief Operating & Chief Financial Officer) of PTG Water & Energy. He is leading the commercialization of our technologies, serving as strategic business partner to Sales and Engineering teams. Tim is responsible for all operational and financial functions, including developing options for adding capital to support growth.
Tim is a senior finance/operations professional who is experienced in growing, financing, and exiting businesses in renewable energy, wastewater and other industries. He was previously CFO of several privately held and public companies, including M2 Renewables, Navigant Consulting, Matrix Materials, and Peterson Worldwide.
Tim is a CPA; he received his B.A. degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University, and he got his MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. In his spare time, he has taught college level accounting courses as an adjunct instructor.
, a native of Silicon Valley, is the CEO and Co-Founder of DripCycle. DripCycle is an innovative onsite water reuse company that specializes in plug and play water reuse systems for commercial buildings. Through Chad’s leadership and visionary expertise, DripCycle has grown into one of the most revolutionary water re-use companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Chad graduated from Loyola Marymount University and received the highly coveted Ignatian Leadership Award. Chad was named “Sustainable Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Fred Kiesner Center for Entrepreneurship in the LMU College of Business Administration and also received 1st place honors in the 2016 Incubator Pitch Competition in Los Angeles. His incubator pitch was based on DripCycle’s inventive technology in conjunction with operational efficiencies for water. As DripCyle continues to grow, so does Chad’s passion for sustainability and water conservation.
Sustainable Silicon Valley
is a Senior Advisor to Sustainable Silicon Valley, bringing over 85 dog years of experience building the California Clean Energy Economy. After a misspent youth in publishing, package design and global network operation centers, he “dropped in” to thermal transfer and storage technologies and founded USGBC California, leading state policy efforts in green building code and championing legislation like performance data, purple pipes and water reuse. Dennis has served as Principal Investigator of the California Energy Commission’s *Project Negatherm*, steering committee member of the CO2toEE financial group and currently heads EndtoEnd Strategies, a market and business development consultancy.
Rich Nagel recently joined CH2M and serves as Vice President in the Los Angeles office. Prior to joining CH2M, Rich has 31 years of experience in public service with water utilities, most recently as General Manager of the West Basin Municipal Water District (WBMWD) from 2006 to 2014. Under his guidance, WBMWD obtained the first permit in California to deliver 100% indirect potable reuse water to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works’ West Coast Basin Injection Well System. Rich currently serves as a Vice Chair of the California WateReuse Association and Vice Chair of the Urban Water Institute.
Katie Ross leads Sustainability for Microsoft’s Real Estate portfolio. She is responsible for developing and implementing sustainability strategy for their 34 million square foot office portfolio. Katie analyzes approaches to reach Microsoft’s targets for energy, water, carbon, circular economy, and ecosystems and tracks the environmental impact of the company’s built workplace, including carbon emissions, water footprint, and waste stream. In her career, Katie has been focused on the intersection of real estate and sustainability. Previously she worked with commercial building owners to develop and implement sustainability strategies and with USGBC and EPA’s ENERGY STAR program.
Dynamic Water Technologies
As U.S. Air Force Veteran with a background in electronics Rick Salz
went to work for a chemical company building rectifiers to power water treatment plants. He then went on to form a successful web based production and fulfillment company that works with corporations nationwide. Since Dynamic Water Technologies’ inception, he and his sales partner, Mitch Miller, have been instrumental in installations across the west coast. A few marquee installations are Roche Pharmaceuticals in Pleasanton, NASA at Edwards Air Force Base, and Broadrock Renewables (a landfill methane power plant). Saving water and eliminating chemicals with Israeli innovation is his passion.
Aaron Tartakovsky is co-founder and CEO of Epic CleanTec, a water technology startup dedicated to redefining urban sanitation by decentralizing wastewater treatment.
Aaron previously served as Director of Development and Marketing for CB Engineers, a San Francisco-based mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design firm, where he also ran its R&D division. He speaks frequently on urban water management and is co-author of the forthcoming “Design Professional’s Guide to Onsite Nonpotable Reuse.”
As co-founder of the Israel-California GreenTech Partnership, Aaron launched this bi-national initiative in 2016 at Google’s Tel Aviv headquarters to develop solutions to the California drought, a successful program that was recognized at the 2016 White House Water Summit. Most recently Aaron was selected as a 2017 GreenBiz 30 Under 30 Honoree.
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.
Robert D. Whitlley
West Yost Associates
has over 50 years of engineering and utility management experience. He has focused on recycled water and municipal wastewater programs throughout California. He is now employed at West Yost Associates located in Walnut Creek. In 2017 Bob was inducted into the Berkeley Civil/Environmental Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni for his engineering expertise and leadership contributions. He has gained experience in engineering design, financial assistance, regulatory permit compliance, operational problem solving, utility management, project management and overall program management fields. He is a co-founder with Max Burchett of the company in 1985. He is also one of the founders of the WateReuse Association and the WateReuse Foundation. He served as a member of the governing Boards from the formation until 2008. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 for his work on developing water recycling practices in California. He is also a member of the East Bay Leadership Council Board of Directors, a non-profit public policy advocacy organization of multi-interest public, private and institutional employers located in the East Bay region. He is co-chair of the Council’s Water Task Force that developed comprehensive policy principles that are widely recognized as comprehensive and balanced regarding all aspects of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. He was invited to the U.S. Capital to meet with congressional representatives regarding the complex Delta issues.