Next Gen­er­a­tion wa­ter summit


The City of Santa Fe hosts a Next Gen­er­a­tionWater Summit in early June. It will high­light Santa Fe’s lead­er­ship role and bring to­gether other wa­ter lead­ers from theWest who work in stormwa­ter man­age­ment, wa­ter re­use, and wa­ter ef­fi­ciency. Santa Fe has done a re­mark­able job of con­serv­ing wa­ter over the last decade and a half. We have dropped from an av­er­age of over 150 gal­lons per day to less than 90 gal­lons per day. Our pop­u­la­tion has grown and yet our wa­ter pro­duc­tion has dropped!

The city has used all types of pro­grams to achieve these re­mark­able re­sults, in­clud­ing ed­u­ca­tion and outreach pro­grams, re­bates, and re­stric­tions in the land-use code. Santa Fe has been an early adopter and pro­moter of wa­ter-con­ser­va­tion tech­niques. We were one of the first ci­ties to im­ple­ment a toi­let retro­fit pro­gram and re­bates to in­cen­tivize the pur­chase of wa­ter-sav­ing ap­pli­ances and de­vices. We are also one of the few ci­ties that in­te­grate wa­ter con­ser­va­tion into our land use code. The city continues its lead­er­ship role with the adop­tion of theWater Ef­fi­ciency Rat­ing Score (WERS).

So as a leader in wa­ter con­ser­va­tion it was only nat­u­ral for the City of Santa Fe, the Green Cham­ber of Com­merce, the Santa Fe Area Home Builders As­so­ci­a­tion, and the Na­tional Green Build Coali­tion to come to­gether to spon­sor the summit. Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Col­lege is the of­fi­cial train­ing spon­sor and Green Me­dia is the of­fi­cial me­dia part­ner.

The summit be­gins on June 4 with Green Expo Day, open to the gen­eral pub­lic and in­clud­ing 12 free ses­sions on wa­ter-ef­fi­cient food growth, wa­ter-ef­fi­ciency tech­niques for home­own­ers, and other top­ics. The following two days fea­ture speak­ers from around the coun­try of­fer­ing ses­sions that ad­dress wa­ter is­sues in the Amer­i­can South­west. There will also be fol­lowup op­por­tu­ni­ties to bring to life the ideas and so­lu­tions cre­ated from these dis­cus­sions. The goal of the summit is to ed­u­cate, but also to bring so­lu­tions to the ta­ble.

A few of the out-of-town pre­sen­ters in­clude key­note speaker Mary Ann Dick­in­son of Al­liance forWater Ef­fi­ciency talk­ing about the Net Blue Or­di­nance Ini­tia­tive, Jonah Schein from the En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Agency on the fu­ture of theWaterSense for New Homes pro­gram, and Doug Ben­net from the South­ern Ne­vadaWaterAuthor­ity on “NoWater, No Growth.”

Among the lo­cal speak­ers are ar­chi­tect Ed­ward Mazria, founder of the 2030 Chal­lenge; Javier Gon­za­les, mayor of Santa Fe; and Kim Shana­han, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Santa Fe Area Home Builders As­so­ci­a­tion.

More in­for­ma­tion and reg­is­tra­tion for the Summit can be found at gen­er­a­tionwa­ter­sum­

Doug Pushard, founder of the web­site www.Har­, has de­signed and in­stalled res­i­den­tial rain­wa­ter sys­tems for over a decade. He is a mem­ber of the Santa FeWater Con­ser­va­tion Com­mit­tee, a life­time mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Rain­wa­ter Catch­ment Sys­tems As­so­ci­a­tion, and an EPAWaterSense Part­ner. He can be reached at doug@Har­

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