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The Torch – May 12, 2021

The Torch Offical Publication of Green Builder Coalition


Special Offer on Next Generation Water Summit Registration

The early bird registration for the Next Generation Water Summit (NGWS) has been extended through the entirety of the event. That means, for just $99, you can partake of both the live and on-demand content, virtual exhibit hall and network with fellow attendees from across the country at this year’s NGWS. The Summit opens to attendees on June 2nd and runs through June 4th, 2021. The event platform will stay online until early August, so that registrants can check out all the content at their convenience. To register, go to

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Katharine HayhoeThe theme of the 2021 NGWS is “Drought, Growth and Social Inequity”, and each day is devoted to one aspect of that theme. The NGWS will open on June 2nd with a keynote address from Professor Katharine Hayhoe, The Nature Conservancy’s Chief Scientist and 2019 United Nations Champion of the Earth award winner. In addition to being a highly sought-after speaker, she is also director of the Climate Center, an associate in the Public Health program of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Texas Tech University, a principal investigator for the Department of Interior’s South-Central Climate Adaptation Science Center, the founder and CEO of ATMOS Research, a scientific advisor to 5 organizations and a television show producer. She will address the water impacts of climate change in a way that helps city planners, policymakers and individuals quantify those impacts.

Scheduled live sessions include:

  • “Panel: Low-income Conservation Programs” moderated by Christine Chavez of the City of Santa Fe; panelists will include Bill Christiansen from Alliance for Water Efficiency
  • “Why Your Shower Feels Wimpy (and What to Do About It)!” by Gary Klein of Gary Klein Associates
  • “Panel: Building in a Time of Drought” moderated by Mike Collignon from Green Builder® Coalition; panelists include Darrel McMaster from Sustainable Homes, Inc. and Kim Shanahan, residential sustainability consultant

Next Generation Water Summit LogoFor more information on the Summit, please visit

Hosts of the Next Generation Water Summit will be the Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce; Green Builder® Coalition; City of Santa Fe; the Alliance for Water Efficiency, KUELwater, and Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association. The education partner is Santa Fe Community College, and the national media partner is Green Builder® Media. 

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.

Localizing California Waters Holds Virtual Primer

LCW logoLocalizing California Waters (LCW), a regional water efficiency event that is held annually in November, is holding a virtual primer this week. The theme of this spring event is California Community Resilience.

You are invited to this virtual LCW conversation on Friday, May 14th, 2021 for a listening and audience discussion that will inform next steps, as well as the LCW November Conference agenda. Join us for several short inspiring case studies, and an interactive capture of what local water resilience can do for your region. The conversation takes place from 9:00am – 12:30pm PT.

On Thursday, May 13th, there will be a California Onsite Water Association (COWA) webinar on water supplies for a resilient future. That will start at 3:00pm PT, and will be followed by a cocktail hour at 5:00pm PT in honor of James Johnson (retired) of Sonoma County.

For the complete agenda and to register, please visit

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