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Water Solutions 8

August 24, 2023

Water Solutions 8


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What is the Water Solutions Event?

Sustain SoCal presents WATER SOLUTIONS 8 (WS8), focused on exploring real life strategies and innovations in reuse, desal, storm water, energy nexus, contamination, investor and policy trends and big data in Southern California and the surrounding region.

Join us for presentations, networking and discussions as Sustain SoCal addresses pragmatic solutions to help assure sufficient and affordable supplies of water in our region.

Keynote topic:Predicting Atmospheric Rivers: A Path toward FIRO

We’ll conclude the event with an innovator showcase and networking to follow.

Preliminary Agenda

1:00 – 1:20

Registration / Networking

1:20 – 1:30

Welcome by Sustain SoCal Board of Directors

·      Scott Kitcher, President & CEO, Sustain SoCal

·      Errol Arkilic, Chief Innovation Officer, UCI; Executive Director, UCI Beall Applied Innovation

·      Jordan Kanis, Managing Director, Climate Tech & Sustainability, Silicon Valley Bank

·      Suzanne Gentilini, Senior Manager, Engie North America, Inc.

·      Dennis Calvert, CEO, BioLargo

·      Peter Bokor, Senior Vice President, Growth & Innovation, Stantec

·      Duane Cave, Board President, Moulton Niguel Water District

1:30 – 1:50

Keynote: Predicting Atmospheric Rivers: A Path toward FIRO

·      Dr. Julie Kalansky, Deputy Director of CW3E and Climate Scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

1:50 – 2:00

A Regional Climate Adaptation Master Plan for Water Overview

·      Adrian Hightower, Sustainability and Resilience Manager, Metropolitan Water District

2:00 – 2:20

Implementing Battery Storage at Weymouth Water Treatment Plant – Project Considerations and Best Practices

·      Ha Nguyen, Engineering Systems Planning Unit, Metropolitan Water District

·      Edan Simpson, Director of Business Development, Siemens

2:20 – 2:40

San Juan Watershed Project

·      Don Bunts, Deputy General Manager, Santa Margarita Water District

2:40 – 3:00

Moulton Niguel Water District OASIS Water Center

·      Matt Collings, Assistant General Manager, Moulton Niguel Water District

·      Jeff Neemann, West Managing Director, Black & Veatch

3:00 – 3:10


3:10 – 3:25

Rethinking Outdoor Water Use in CA

·      Todd Corbin, General Manager, Riverside Public Utilities

3:25 – 3:40

Statewide PFAS Initiatives

·      Kris Murray, Board Chair, Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board

3:40 – 4:10

PFAS Solutions

·       Dennis Calvert, CEO, BioLargo

·       Tom Whitton, Vice President, Business Development, E2Metrix

·       Paul Erickson, Director of Research & Development, Regenesis

4:10 – 4:20


4:20 – 4:25

Orange County Sustainability Decathlon

·      Mike Moodian, Co-Founder, Orange County Sustainability Decathlon

4:25 – 4:30

Community Economic Resiliency Fund

·      Jesse Ben-Ron, Vice President, Business Initiatives, Orange County Business Council

4:30 – 4:35

Introducing RevHub…Accelerating Social Enterprise

·      Carma Lacy, Executive Director of Ecosystem Building, RevHub

·      Chris Karr, Project Lead, Climate Initiatives, RevHub

4:35 – 5:00

Innovators Showcase:

·      Moderated by Carma Lacy, Executive Director of Ecosystem Building, RevHub

·      Aquatrax, Amit Sharma, CEO

·      CleanEarth Rovers, Michael Arens, CEO

·      Global Water Farms, Dan Bliss, Corporate Affairs and Business Development

·      InPipe Energy, Gregg Semler, CEO

·      SkyH2O, Alexander von Welczeck, CEO

5:00 – 7:00

Reception & EXPO


Keynote Speaker

Julie Kalansky, UCSD Scripps

Julie Kalansky

Deputy Director of CW3E and Climate Scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

UCSD Scripps

Adrian Hightower, MWD

Adrian Hightower, PhD, PE, ENV-SP

Sustainability and Resilience Manager


Jeff Neemann

Jeff Neemann

West Managing Director

Black & Veatch

Matt Collings

Assistant General Manager

Moulton Niguel Water District

Kris Murray

Kris Murray

Board Chair


Todd Corbin General Manager, City of Riverside

Todd Corbin

General Manager Water & Power


Edan Simpson, Seimans

Edan Simpson

Director of Business Development, Pacific Region


Ha Nguyen

Ha Nguyen

Engineering Systems Planning Unit


Carma Lacy

Carma Lacy

Executive Director of Ecosystem Building


Tom Whitton, VP, Business Development, E2Metrix

Tom Whitton

Vice President, Business Development


Don Bunts, Deputy General Manager, SMWD

Don Bunts

Deputy General Manager

Santa Margarita Water District

Mike Moodian, Co-Founder, OCSustainability Decathlon

Mike Moodian


Orange County Sustainability Decathlon

Jesse Ben-Ron, Vice President, Business Initiatives at Orange County Business Council

Jesse Ben-Ron

Vice President, Business Initiatives

Orange County Business Council

Dennis Calvert biolargo

Dennis Calvert



Jordan Kanis Silicon Valley Bank

Jordan Kanis

Managing Director, Climate Tech & Sustainability

Silicon Valley Bank

Suzanne Gentilini Senior Manager, Business Development, ENGIE Services U.S.

Suzanne Gentilini

Senior Manager

Engie North America, Inc.


Duane Cave

Board President

Moulton Niguel Water District

Paul Erickson, Director of Research & Development, Regenesis

Paul Erickson

Director of Research & Development



Platinum Sponsors


Metropolitan Water District

The mission of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high-quality water to meet present and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way.

Sponsor-partner_BioLargo logo


BioLargo, Inc. (OTCQB:BLGO) is a cleantech and life sciences innovator and engineering services solution provider. Our core products address PFAS contamination, achieve advanced water and wastewater treatment, control odor and VOCs, improve air quality, and control infections and infectious disease.


Moulton Niguel Water District

Moulton Niguel Water District delivers high-quality drinking water, recycled water and wastewater services to more than 170,000 customers in Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, Dana Point, and San Juan Capistrano.

Gold Sponsor


Rev Hub OC

REVHUB is a collaborative ecosystem, or “HUB,” that bridges the missional divide, while simultaneously accelerating, or “REVving”, social enterprise—in Orange County

Silver Sponsors

Sponsor-partner_irvine-ranch-water-district logo

Irvine Ranch Water District

Orange County-based IRWD provides high-quality water and sewer services in Irvine, California.

CIPO Cloud logo

Cipo Cloud

CIPO is an innovative, easy-to-use, extremely customizable construction program and project management software built for construction owners.


From infrastructure to cybersecurity, Siemens is leading the digital transformation charge. Siemens is proud to lead the digital revolution & help companies unlock the potential.

Santa Margarita Water District logo

Santa Margarita Water District

Santa Margarita Water District proudly provides drinking water, recycled water and wastewater services to over 200,000 residents.

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