2021 Water Conservation Showcase
Session Schedule Announcement


Tuesdays in April

April 6, 13, 20, and 27


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.








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

Registration cost is FREE - Sign up coming soon!


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.







2021 Schedule

Submitted to GBCI and AIA for 12 CE credits.

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

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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

Trends in Water Use, Efficiency Technologies, and Conservation Priorities

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

Host: Ryan Stroupe

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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


DAY TWO - April 13

Climate Positive Landscape Design: Going Beyond Neutral

Speakers: Kate Lenahan, CMG Architecture; 

Danielle Pieranunzi, GBCI SITES Program

Host: Jolene Bertetto

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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

Plant Talk

Speaker: Cielo Sichi, Landfour Landscape Architecture; 
Sarah Sutton, Author and landscape architect; 
Stewart Winchester, Merritt College/Devil Mountain Nursery

Host: Ryan Stroupe

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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


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: Deb Chilvers, Mark, Jolene Bertetto

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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

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: Kurt Elvert, Charles Bohlig, Jolene Bertetto, Mark

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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


DAY FOUR - April 27

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

Host: Ryan Stroupe and Julie Ortiz

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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

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

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This panel presentation will explore water access and water equity especially for disadvantaged communities in California. The panelists will explore concepts like effective collaboration, capacity building, and capital - ideas and strategies practiced in the real-world today to drive positive social change. The presentation 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



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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

Stewart Winchester

Merritt College/Devil Mountain Nursery

Suzanne Whelan

Ecologist/Volunteer Coordinator

Marin Municipal Water District

Tia Lebherz

Executive Director, External Affairs
California Water Efficiency Partnership







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The Urban Farmer Store

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William J Worthen Foundation

Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA)

Contra Costa Water District



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