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The Torch – December 13, 2018

The Torch Offical Publication of Green Builder Coalition


3rd Annual Next Generation Water Summit Early Registration is Open

Early bird registration is open for the 3rd Annual Next Generation Water Summit (NGWS) to be held on June 12th – 14th, 2019 in Santa Fe, NM.

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A few of the exciting topics that are scheduled include:

  • “Utilization of Marginal Water” by Dr. Bernstein of the Israeli Institute of Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences
  • “Emerging Viruses and Bacteria due to Rising Temperatures” by Dr. Nichols, formerly of the CDC
  • “How Building Codes Save Water” by Hope Medina
  • “Irrigation Water Budgets – A Comparative Review” by Dr. St. Hilaire
  • “Water Reuse Trends” by Kyle Pickett, Co-founder & COO of Urban Fabrick, Inc.

As in prior years, the Summit will be preceded by several technical training courses that offer advanced water certifications for attendees. Workshops that will be held before and during the Summit include:

  • Commercial Water Audit Verifier Training
  • Water Efficiency Rating Score (WERS)® Verifier and Consultant Training
  • Greywater System Design

The Summit is a unique water and water reuse event that will feature builders presenting on Net Zero Water Houses and Near Net Zero Water houses.  These Southwestern builders will host a design workshop for builders, contractors, home owners or architects that need assistance in designing net zero water dwellings.

Prospective attendees will not want to delay registering for this rare opportunity, as seats are limited. Early bird registration is available now through January 15 at the special rate of $200.

For 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 the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association.

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.

Kim Shanahan to Serve 2nd Term on Coalition Board

Kim ShanahanThe Green Builder® Coalition Membership recently elected Kim Shanahan onto the Board of Directors for another 3-year term. He had previously served on the Board from 2013-2016, with his final 2 years as Board Chair.

Kim is the former Executive Officer of the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association, a position he had held for 10 years. Prior to that, he was a residential builder of green, affordable housing subdivisions in Santa Fe, NM.

“Coming back on the board of the Green Builder® Coalition is a great honor, especially as we continue to spread the influence of our Water Efficiency Rating Score on the national and international scene”, said Shanahan. “We have brought an effective tool to market that is a true game-changer in predicting and measuring water conservation in the built environment.”

“Kim has been as involved as any Member we’ve ever had”, stated Mike Collignon, Executive Director of the Green Builder® Coalition. “He’s been a part of the WERS Development Group since Day 1; he championed the Water Rating Index in the most recent National Green Building Standard update; and he is an active member of the Next Generation Water Summit planning committee. The Board and I are very happy the Membership re-elected him.”

Shanahan joins current Board members Drew Brandt (Chair) and Craig Conner. Shanahan’s new term will expire on October 1, 2021.

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