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Wednesday, May 1 • 1:00pm - 5:00pm
The Water Summit: Collaboration + Abundance

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Cost: Member: $180   Non-member: $200


Based on the success of last year’s annual convening, the 2019 Water Summit will feature four emerging topics of discussion in the field of regenerative water system design. Each topic will feature an Ignite talk, bringing a fresh perspective, spark of inspiration or reframing of the issue from a leader in the field. Attendees will then break up into discussion groups and tackle one of the discussion topics, in the hopes of finding new paths forward in our journey towards holistic, net positive and watershed appropriate approaches to meeting our water needs.

The four “big” topics this year are:
  1. Nutrient recovery in on-site systems
  2. Streamlining operations and maintenance of on-site systems
  3. Resiliency of on-site systems in the face of increasing natural disasters, especially for those that are most vulnerable
  4. Handprinting as a compliant and equitable pathway to achieving the Water Petal 

Throughout the session, we will use a watershed framing approach and incorporate work that the Institute and other partners have completed and continue to produce. Attendees will leave the Summit equipped with new tools, new partnerships and new understandings of the role Net Positive Water systems play in designing a Living Future.


  1. Engage at a deep level with four of the biggest points of discussion around Net Positive Water, using real case studies and hypothetical contexts. 
  2. Gain new perspectives from a series of Ignite talks, designed to shift existing frameworks and plant sparks of inspiration.
  3. Collaborate with other attendees to break down technical challenges, ask better questions, and make suggestions. 
  4. Generate a road map for a new paradigm of an equitable approach to Net Positive Water, available to projects in any location and in any context.
This session is approved for the following continuing education credits:
  • 4 LFA credits
  • 4 AIA LU|HSW credits

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John Leys

Principal, Sherwood Design Engineers
John Leys is a civil engineer that leads sustainable infrastructure planning and project implementation at Sherwood Design Engineers. He has over 20 years of experience working with public agencies, institutions, and private developers on the implementation of water management and... Read More →
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Juan Rovalo

Senior Ecologist/Integrated Design Specialist, Biohabitats
Juan Rovalo is experienced in environmental planning, integrated ecological assessment, strategic integration of environmental science, and built environment projects. His 20 years of experience in strategic leadership for mission-driven organizations and projects has produced over... Read More →
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Kathleen Smith

Vice President, Living Buildings, International Living Future Institute
As Vice President of Living Buildings, Kathleen oversees all aspects of the program including its continued evolution as the most innovative green building standard in the world. In addition, she provides strategic and technical consulting services with projects, institutions, and... Read More →
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Molly Freed

Senior Specialist, Technical Services, ILFI
Molly’s passion for applying critical deep green theory to practical problem-solving found a home at ILFI.  She supports the Institute’s policy program initiatives by identifying policy barriers and providing resources, research, toolkits, education, and advocacy to remove these... Read More →
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Conor Lally

Nutrient Networks Inc., Founder
Conor Lally is a Founder and Ecological Sanitation Planner at Nutrient Networks Inc, whose mission is to advance the use of ecological sanitation systems. He has extensive experienced in the planning, installation, and maintenance of composting toilet and urine diversion systems throughout... Read More →
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Chris Gorri

Manager, Brock Environmental Center
Chris Gorri joined the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) in 2005. As part of the Administration team, he helped run and manage CBF’s Philip Merrill Environmental Center in Annapolis, MD—the world’s first USGBC LEED Platinum building. Since 2011, he has also worked as part of the... Read More →
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Zach Gallagher

Executive Vice President, Natural Systems Utilities (NSU)
Mr. Gallagher 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... Read More →

Wednesday May 1, 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Hyatt Regency - Clallum Room #701