2021 Water Conservation Showcase
Session Schedule Announcement

 

Tuesdays in April

April 6, 13, 20, and 27

 

*You will need to log-in/register for a free PG&E Energy Center account and sign up individually for each of the eight sessions you wish to attend. Search “2021 WCS” to find all webinar sessions.

 

Due to concerns about hosting large gatherings and shelter-in-place mandates, this year’s Water Conservation Showcase will be presented in a VIRTUAL event format.

HOSTED BY:

AIASF, EAST BAY MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT, SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES,

SAN JOSE WATER, PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC,

AND

U.S.GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL - NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

 

REGISTER

Attend the 18th Annual Water Conservation Showcase online on April 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2021.

*You will need to log-in/register for a free PG&E Energy Center account and sign up individually for each of the eight sessions you wish to attend. Search “2021 WCS” to find all webinar sessions.

 

Water is a limited natural resource heavily impacted by the built environment.

Using sustainable practices in a building's development speaks to

the triple bottom line — people, profit & planet. 

Since 2004, hundreds of advocates, researchers, business leaders, product manufacturers and government officials have gathered every year to address the most pressing water issues and challenges facing the state of California. Grab a ticket today for the showcase to learn more about scalable strategies and solutions to conserve one of Earth's most precious resources.

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2021 PROGRAM

SCHEDULE & SESSIONS

 

2021 Schedule

Approved for 10.5 GBCI CE credits and for 12 AIA LU.

DAY ONE - April 6

Water/Energy Interactions: Covid-19 and Other Factors Impacting the Water/Energy Nexus

Speakers: Heather Cooley, The Pacific Institute; Luke Eastman, Raftelis; 

Frank Loge, UC Davis Center for Water-Energy Efficiency

Host: Julie Ortiz and Ryan Stroupe

Slides from the presentation - Cooley; Eastman; Loge

This course is approved for 1.5 General GBCI CE hours and for 1.5 AIA LU.

This presentation will look at research on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on water and energy demand conducted by three different organizations: The Pacific Institute, Raftelis in a partnership with Duke University, and the Center for Water-Energy Efficiency at the University of California, Davis. The talk will also explore related issues including how all the changes over the past year will impact state-wide water conservation goals.

4/6/21 |  9:00 am - 10:30 am PT

Trends in Water Use, Efficiency Technologies, and Conservation Priorities

Speakers: Amy Vickers, Amy Vickers & Associates, Inc.

Host: Ryan Stroupe

Slides from the presentation - Vickers

This course is approved for 1.5 General GBCI CE hours and for 1.5 AIA LU.

A “water use report card” based on the latest data for California and the US will be presented that indicates positive as well as troubling trends. Looking forward, a review of emerging efficiency technologies and the conservation priorities and policies needed to meet our future water needs amidst chronic drought and climate change will be presented and discussed.

4/6/21 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm PT

Waterside Chat and Watershed Moments

Sponsored by Lane Community College Water Conservation Technician program


This Waterside chat will continue the discussions from the sessions held earlier in the day and provide opportunities for participants to share their thoughts, ideas, concerns, and hear how other utilities and communities are working through the many challenges we are facing today.  We have experienced empty buildings, increased residential use as employees work from home, drought, water shortages, rate changes, code or policy changes and many other demands from this past year of challenges.  Our presenters gave us so much to think about.  So now it is your turn!! Come and share what you have learned. Discuss with your professional colleagues your ideas and solutions. What new resources have you been using to do your work?  There have been so many challenges this year.  What can you add to the conversation? 

4/6/21 | 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm PT

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DAY TWO - April 13

Climate Positive Landscape Design: Going Beyond Neutral

Speakers: Kate Lenahan, CMG Architecture; 

Danielle Pieranunzi, GBCI SITES Program

Host: Jolene Bertetto

Register for this session

This course is approved for 1.5 GBCI SITES-specific CE hours and for 1.5 AIA LU.

In order to effectively address the climate crisis, we must seek opportunities to sequester carbon and strategies that facilitate a regenerative built environment. This presentation will convey how outdoor spaces can also serve as a much-needed carbon sink.

4/13/21 | 9:00am - 10:30am PT

Plant Talk

Speaker: Cielo Sichi, Landfour Landscape Architecture; 
Sarah Sutton, Author and landscape architect; 

Host: Ryan Stroupe

Register for this session

This course is approved for 1.5 General GBCI CE hours and for 1.5 AIA LU.

Styled after NPR’s long-running and popular “Car Talk” program, this session is designed to address landscape, garden and plant questions from attendees. We will also include a guest panelist, a garden-based puzzler and a “stump the chumps” segment with gifts if you win! If you are unfamiliar with “Car Talk”, go here:  https://www.cartalk.com/

4/13/21 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm PT

Landscape Water Trivia & Waterside Chat

Sponsored by Gachina Landscape Management

This session will be a continuation of the session prior. Please register for “Plant Talk” to receive the join information

Are you ready to flex your water smarts and discuss the latest water trends?  Please join Gachina Landscape Management for the “Landscape Water Trivia & Waterside Chat” - a fun filled and thought provoking event.  First, we’ll kick things off with the Landscape Water Trivia portion of the event, where we will offer a fantastic prize to whomever can show they are on top of the latest irrigation and water management trends.  Next, we’ll take a deep dive into the current state of affairs in regards to water, and how the lack of precipitation may lead to a prolonged drought.  This Waterside Chat will open up the discussion to the audience and let us explore what’s on the water horizon.  The fun starts on Tuesday April 13th at 12:30pm, immediately following the “Plant Talk” session. We can’t wait to see you there. 

4/13/21 | 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm PT

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DAY THREE - April 20

Connecting with Nature through Citizen Science

Speakers: Alison Young, California Academy of Sciences;
Reid Bogert, Surfrider; Suzanne Whelan, Marin Municipal Water District; 
Lisette Arellano, One Tam Community Science Organizer

Host: Jolene Bertetto

Register for this session

This course is approved for 1.5 AIA LU.

This presentation is packed with ideas for how you can connect with nature through participatory scientific research while also maintaining your social distance. Benefits include time spent outdoors, learning new skills, and practicing with new technologies. Agencies also benefit through gathering data on resources, improving customer engagement, and promoting positive behavior.

4/20/210 | 9:00 am - 10:30 am PT

Watershed Stewardship from Snowflake to the Bay

Speakers: Michelle Workman, EBMUD Manager of Fisheries & Wildlife;
Mark Rauzon, Friends of Sausal Creek Restoration and Nursery  

Host: Jolene Bertetto

Register for this session

This course is approved for 1.5 General GBCI CE hours and for 1.5 AIA LU.

Michelle Workman from EBMUD will describe the fisheries program on the lower Mokelumne River, discussing EBMUD’s robust stewardship program to mitigate for lost salmonid habitat and support natural resources. Mark Rauzon with Friends of Sausal Creek (FOSC) will take us to Oakland where they are celebrating 25 years of local watershed stewardship.

4/20/21 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm PT

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DAY FOUR - April 27

Water Efficiency Standards: National and California Legislative Update
Speakers: Mary Ann Dickinson, Alliance for Water Efficiency;
Tia Lebherz, California Water Efficiency Partnership

Host: Ryan Stroupe and Julie Ortiz

Register for this session

This course is approved for 1.5 General GBCI CE Hours and for 1.5 AIA LU.

This presentation will provide a look at changes to water efficiency standards at the federal and state (California) level. Speakers will be Mary Ann Dickinson, Past President and CEO of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, and Tia Lebherz, Executive Director-External Affairs of the California Water Efficiency Partnership.

4/27/21 | 9:00 am - 10:30 am PT

Water Equity: Collaboration, Capacity Building and Capital

Speakers: Letitia Carpenter, US Water Alliance;
Ana Lucia Garcia Briones, EDF; Arthine Cossey van Duyne, Waterfunder

Host: Allan Robles, Deb Chilvers, Jolene Bertetto, Mark

Register for this session

This course is approved for 1.5 General GBCI CE hours and for 1.5 AIA LU.

This panel discussion will explore water access and water equity especially for disadvantaged communities in California. The panelists will explore effective collaboration, capacity building, and capital - ideas and strategies practiced in the real-world today to drive positive social change. The discussion will focus on emerging tools, programs and funding that simplify how philanthropy and water stewardship can benefit vulnerable communities.

4/27/21 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm PT

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

FAQ

Do I need to register for each session separately?

     You will need to log-in/register for a free PG&E Energy Center account and sign up individually for each of the eight sessions you wish to attend. Search “2021 WCS” to find all webinar sessions.

Steps To Register:

  1. If you’ve attended a PG&E online learning session in the past select “Sign In” or “Forgot your password,” if new to the site select “Register.”

  2. Complete registration and select “Save Changes”, select “Confirm” in pop-up.

  3. Search “2021 WCS” to see all eight Water Conservation Showcase sessions.

  4. Click on the session you’d like to attend, select the session in the right-side drop down and click “Enroll.”

  5. Close the pop-up. Search “2021 WCS” to again see all sessions and repeat process for all sessions you’d like to attend.

  6. If you registered for the first time; you will need to create a password be selecting “Forgot your password” next time you log-in.

2021 SPEAKERS

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Alison Young

Co-Director, Center for Biodiversity and Community

California Academy of Sciences

Lisette Arellano

One Tam Community Science Program Manager

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Mark Rauzon

Professor at Laney College

Friends of Sausal Creek Restoration and Nursery

Michelle Workman

Manager of Fisheries and Wildlife

EBMUD Manager of Fisheries & Wildlife

Reid Bogert

Stormwater Program Specialist

City/County Association of Governments, San Mateo County

Suzanne Whelan

Ecologist/Volunteer Coordinator

Marin Municipal Water District

Tia Lebherz

Executive Director, External Affairs
California Water Efficiency Partnership

 

PARTNERS / SPONSORS / EXHIBITORS

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OUTREACH PARTNERS

Acterra

Alameda County Water District

Association of Professional Landscape Designers - APLD CA Chapter

BAYWORK

California Department of Water Resources

California Irrigation institute

CA Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA)

California Water Efficiency Partnership

City of Palo Alto

City of Santa Cruz - Water Department

Garden for the Environment

Maddaus Water Management

Marin Municipal Water District

ReScape

San Francisco Department of the Environment (Green Business Program)

Sonoma Water

Sustainable Silicon Valley

Verdical Group Green Building Consultants

Wholly H2O

EXHIBITORS

Premium Exhibitor

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Standard Exhibitor

William J Worthen Foundation

U.S. Green Building Council

Rain Bird

Gachina Landscape Management Company

Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA)

Lane Community College

 
 
 

Virtual Exhibitor Packet & Raffle

All are invited to check out the Water Conservation Showcase Virtual Exhibitor Packet! Collect a code word on the Premium Exhibitor Pages to be entered to win a raffle prize. Prizes include Rain Bird automatic controllers, Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates books, and gift cards to REI, Euphoria Chocolate Company, High Sierra Showerheads, and more!

 

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