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The Torch – July 13, 2017

The Torch Offical Publication of Green Builder Coalition


2017 Next Generation Water Summit Recap

Katherine Mortimer and Kim Shanahan deliver a panel session at the 2017 Next Generation Water SummitFor a first-time event, the inaugural Next Generation Water Summit was considered by many to be a huge success. A total of 138 people registered for the event, which took place over the course of 3 days in early June at the Santa Fe Convention Center in Santa Fe, NM.




Ed Mazria delivers the Monday keynote at the 2017 Next Generation Water Summit

Attendees could choose from 39 sessions, many of which were grouped into one of three tracks: Builders, Developers & Architects; Water Professionals; and Policy. Topics ranged from rainwater, greywater, blackwater, stormwater, water rights, irrigation, water efficiency, building codes, land use and leak detection. The first day of the event was a Sunday, and was free for anyone to attend. 12 sessions were offered, in addition to the myriad of exhibitor booths one could visit in the Green Expo, hosted by the Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce. On Monday, Ed Mazria delivered a rousing keynote that had attendee Michelle Maddaus saying, “That was the best keynote I have ever seen, and I have seen a ton of keynotes over the years! Everyone kept talking about it, too.” Not to be outdone, Mary Ann Dickinson gave an excellent keynote on Tuesday morning, getting everyone focused on solutions for the challenges ahead.

Sandra Ely presents on the Aamodt SettlementThe attendees represented 8 states plus the District of Columbia, and all 4 mainland United States time zones. “We’ve set a good foundation for next year’s Summit,” said Mike Collignon, Co-Chair of the Next Generation Water Summit. “While we’ll look to increase attendance, we’re proud of our first-year numbers. Many attendees enjoyed the intimate nature of the Summit, pointing out that it helped foster in-depth conversations.”

Hosts of the event were the Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce (lead host), Green Builder® Coalition, City of Santa Fe, and the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association. Santa Fe Community College was the official education sponsor, and Green Builder® Media was the national media partner.


Vulcan, Inc. is a Sustaining Sponsor; Uponor, Evolve Technologies and Aquamate were the Educational Track Sponsors; Horizons Sustainable Financial Services was the Mayor’s Reception sponsor; Niagara Conservation was the Keynote Sponsor; Santa Fe County was the Networking Tables Sponsor and Environmental Services was the Bag Sponsor.

Justin Lyon gives a session on commercial water budgeting

Christine Chavez, Neal Shapiro and Regina Hirsch participate in a panel session at the 2017 Next Generation Water Summit







Save the Date: 2018 Next Generation Water Summit

Next Generation Water Summit logoMake plans now to attend the 2018 Next Generation Water Summit. It will return to the Santa Fe Convention Center in Santa Fe, NM on April 29, 30 and May 1, 2018. Sunday, April 29th will once again be free and open to the general public. The professional sessions will be held on Monday, April 30th and Tuesday, May 1st.

“We have been overwhelmed by the positive response from those who attended the 2017 Next Generation Water Summit,” exclaimed Summit Co-Chair and Santa Fe Green Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Glenn Schiffbauer. “Here in Santa Fe, it’s really been ebullient. Equally impressive has been the interest from those that have heard about the Summit and want to know about next year. We’re looking forward to making 2018’s Next Generation Water Summit even better.”

Sponsorships and exhibit booths will be available once again. More details to come, so stay tuned to future editions of The Torch!


Green Builder® Coalition, WERS Program in the News

The Next Generation Water Summit garnered a lot of media coverage in New Mexico. Here is a rundown of the radio interviews, as well as a recap of the event from the Green Fire Times:

KVSF The Voice 101.5 FM – May 25, 2017 – Richard Eeds interviews Mike Collignon, Executive Director of the Green Builder® Coalition and Co-Chair of the Next Generation Water Summit:

KSFR News 101.1 FM – June 2, 2017 – Katherine Mast interviews Collignon:

KSFR News 101.1 FM – June 14, 2017 – Katherine Mast interviews Collignon:

“Report on the First Annual Next Generation Water Summit” by Nancy Grace of the Green Fire Times. July 6, 2017.

WERS Update

RSVP Now for the Next WERS Walk-Through Webinar

WERS logo

The next WERS walk-through webinar will be held on Wednesday, July 19 at 1:30pm CT. It will be hosted by Coalition staff Mike Collignon and Laureen Blissard. To RSVP for this informative demonstration, please e-mail The Coalition today!



WERS Educational Sessions at Industry Conference

Here is the list of upcoming WERS conference sessions:

  • 2017 WaterSmart Innovations – October 4-6, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV – 2 sessions (dates & times TBD)

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