Sustainable & Resilient Communities - Optimizing Water Resources through Recycling


Duration:60 minutes


As water scarcity becomes reality in across the world—including in the United States— developers, builders and engineers are more frequently turning to the most cost-effective means of addressing shortages: reuse. 

Treating and reusing wastewater reduces dependence on fresh water sources, increases drought resilience, and meets a variety of needs in the built environment including increased water resource capacity, improved water quality, and increased efficiency.

Speakers on this webinar will address:           

  • What options are available for reuse in buildings or communities
  • How to determine the most cost-effective means of water reuse
  • How to determine whether non-potable, indirect potable or direct potable water reuse is best for specific projects. 
  • What are the common challenges to implementing water reuse systems


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Brett Rosenberg

Treeline Strategy, LLC Sustainability Consulting

Brett Rosenberg quit his job as Director, Sustainable Practice at the American Institute of Architects, in Washington, DC to move to Missoula, Montana six years ago.

When not hiking, skiing, fly fishing or running around with his kids, Brett consults on LEED certification projects and develops educational products on sustainable designs for the A/E/C industry and local governments.

Brett has a BA in environmental science from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in environmental policy from the University of Michigan.

Allen Sikes

Design and Construction Manager
Silver Ventures

Allen has been involved in the public and private construction industry for over 26 years since he graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Civil Engineering. He started his professional career as an officer in the Air Force assigned to the Civil Engineering Squadrons at Barksdale AFB and Randoph AFB.

He left the Air Force as a Captain and entered the private sector when he joined G.W. Mitchell, a San Antonio General Contractor, in 1999. As the Senior Project Manager, Allen was responsible for over $63 million of diverse construction projects throughout San Antonio and the surrounding regions.

In 2005, Allen joined Silver Ventures’ real estate development team at the former Pearl Brewery where he has served as their Design and Construction Manager overseeing the design, construction, and renovation of over 2.5 million square feet of commercial and residential space.

Since 2005, Pearl has been completely transformed from an industrial site that was shut down in 2002 to a vibrant urban center with local retail, office, 657 apartments, 22 restaurants, 4 bars, a world class culinary school, event venues, and Hotel Emma—a 146 room, boutique hotel rated #3 in the nation last year.

Jeff Pearson

Utilities Director
City of Cape Coral

Mr. Pearson holds a Master of Science in Management Degree and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). In 2016, Jeff earned the prestigious Public Works Executive (PWE) credential by the American Public Works Association (APWA) Donald C. Stone Education Center.

Jeff holds Water Operator, Wastewater Operator and Water and Wastewater Laboratory licenses in Florida and Oklahoma and he has 30 years of extensive and diverse water and wastewater utilities management and operations experience in municipal and county government.

Jeff is a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), Water Environment Federation (WEF), Water Reuse Association, Florida Water & Pollution Control Operators Association (FWPCOA) and the American Public Works Association (APWA).

Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife, four children and one grandchild. He also enjoys scuba diving, snow skiing, working on cars and shopping at antique/thrift stores.

Pam Radke Russell

Deputy Editor, Industry Sectors
Energy, Environment and Climate
Engineering News-Record

Pam Radtke Russell is a New Orleans-based journalist with more than a decade covering energy and environmental issues for ENR, CQ Roll Call in Washington D.C. and the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. She was part of the Times-Picayune team that worked from that was awarded two Pulitzer Prizes for journalism in 2006 for public service and breaking news.

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