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The Torch – February 16, 2023

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2023 Next Generation Water Summit Set for June 15-16

The Next Generation Water Summit (NGWS) will take place June 15th – 16th, 2023. The annual event will be hybrid in format, with a limited number of in-person attendees and capacity for unlimited virtual attendance. The 2023 theme is “Water Reuse and Conservation: The New Paradigm”.

Next Generation Water Summit logoRegistration is open now. Early bird pricing has been set at $199 for in-person and $79 for virtual attendance. “Water is critical, especially in the west with the ongoing drought,” said Christine Chavez, Water Conservation Manager for the City of Santa Fe. “We are proud to be the host sponsor of the 2023 NGWS and look forward to in-depth discussions that can help us preserve and reuse our most precious resource.”

The NGWS will open on the evening of June 14th with the Mayor’s Reception. Over the next two days, concurrent session tracks will commence after each day’s opening keynote. The session tracks will focus on regional and national challenges, with topics ranging from water policy to innovative approaches for reuse.

Confirmed sessions include:

  • “Residential Blackwater Reuse Systems in the West – What is Possible?” with Paula Kehoe of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and Michael Broussard of the State of New Mexico
  • “Real World Water Savings with WaterSense-labeled Homes 2.0” by Jonah Schein, National Program Manager with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • “Multifamily: Emerging Tools and Regulations” with Christoph Lohr, Vice President of Technical Services and Research for IAPMO and Dan Cole, Senior Director of Technical Services for IAPMO
  • “Lessons Learned in Getting to Net Zero Residential” with Darrel McMaster of Sustainable Homes and Laureen Blissard of LTLB Envirotecture

The 2023 NGWS will be held on the same virtual conference platform as the past 2 years. Additionally, a limited number of seats will be available to attend in-person at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. All attendees will be able to experience live and recorded sessions, and network with fellow attendees from across the country. To register and/or for more information on the Summit, please go to

Hosts of the Next Generation Water Summit are the Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce; Green Builder® Coalition; City of Santa Fe; KUELwater and the Santa Fe Area Homebuilder’s Association. The national media partner is Green Builder® Media, and the Education Partner is Santa Fe Community College.

About the Next Generation Water Summit
The Next Generation Water Summit brings together the building and development community, water reuse professionals and water policymakers in a collaborative setting to share best practices and learn about innovative water conservation and water reuse techniques that can be used to comply with water conservation restrictions spreading across the southwest.

Steve Byers Joins Green Builder® Coalition Board

Steve Byers was elected to a 3-year term on the Green Builder® Coalition Board by a majority of his fellow Members. Byers joins Deirdre Irwin and Bill Lazar, who have 2 years and 1 year, respectively, remaining on their terms. Outgoing Board member and Board Chair Steve Onstad will move into the Ex-Officio role.

Steve ByersSteve Byers is the CEO of EnergyLogic, Inc. EnergyLogic is a Colorado based energy and sustainability-focused company. Steve attended the United States Air Force Academy and then served in the Air Force flying C-130s. Following that, he worked at Southface Energy Institute while earning his Masters Degree in Public Administration from Georgia State University. He then moved to Colorado and began his company and entrepreneurial journey culminating in the formation of EnergyLogic.

“I’m excited to be part of such a passionate and dedicated group of green building professionals,” said Byers. “I hope to bring my experience and perspectives to the group to advance our cause.”

“I’ve been hoping to have Steve on the Board for a very long time,” exclaimed Executive Director Mike Collignon. “His combination of creativity, objectivity and practicality is a welcome addition to our group. Plus, his strong ethics and integrity embody how we operate the organization, so he’s a great fit.”

Byers’ Board term will expire in October 2025.


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