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Join us in Seattle on May 16 - 19, 2017 for the 11th annual Living Future unConference! Learn more and register here: http://www.livingfutureunconference.org/.
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Friday, May 19 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Mapping the Flow of Water through Nature, Buildings, and Regulatory Agencies
TRACK: Water + Food

Net Positive Water is an ambitious goal that has implications for environmental health, human health, resiliency, and equity. In this session, we will hear from a designer of net positive water systems in buildings and communities, a land steward working to protect watersheds, and a senior water regulator developing groundbreaking policies and ordinances in one of the Country’s biggest cities. Together they will paint a picture of a Net Positive Water future. Best practices for design, process, and policy will all be explored with examples from successful projects as well as lessons learned. Ideas for how we can work together to accelerate the adoption of Net Positive Water systems will be examined. 

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Paula Kehoe

Director of Water Resources, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)
Paula Kehoe 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... Read More →
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Pete Muñoz

Senior Engineer, Biohabitats, Inc.
Pete is a licensed engineer and certified wastewater treatment plant operator. Pete has been lucky enough to work with some of the most influential green built projects in the United States to create inspirational infrastructure and assist reconnecting our communities with what makes them work. With degrees in Biosystems, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pete has been asked to speak around the country on a variety of topics including green infrastructure... Read More →
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Kathleen Smith

Vice President, Living Building Challenge, International Living Future Institute
As Vice President of the Living Building Challenge, Kathleen oversees all aspects of the program including its continued evolution as the most innovative green building standard in the world.  In addition, she leads the Institute’s strategic and technical consulting services with projects, institutions, and governments working to adopt advanced measures of sustainability related to the Living Building Challenge. She also directs the... Read More →
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Ellen Southard

Principal, Site Story
Ellen Southard founded Site Story, in 2009 a practice dedicated to supporting community-enriching projects that emphasize sustainability, place making and social capital building.  She has represented Salmon-Safe for eight years as the Puget Sound Outreach Manager. Salmon-Safe offers a series of peer-reviewed certification and accreditation programs linking site development and land management practices with the protection of rural and urban watersheds. With Salmon-Safe she is managing a pilot program for Vulcan Real Estate creating the first watershed focused developer accreditation in the country; and has worked on two Living Buildings. In 2016 Ellen was named Sustainable... Read More →

Friday May 19, 2017 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Westin: Ballroom 1 (Grand Level)