Lessons from the Drain(field): Case Studies in Achieving the Water Petal

Lessons from the Drain(field): Case Studies in Achieving the Water Petal

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2017 Living Future Hero Pete Muñoz reports tangible lessons learned from his experience engineering multiple projects pursuing the Water Petal. As a certified wastewater treatment plant operator and licensed engineer, Pete has a deep understanding of the importance of sound science, place-based design and ecological democracy. He highlights his key lessons from systems around the country, and pull out the universal takeaways for your next project. The case studies highlighted include the Hassalo on 8th project in Portland OR, Omega Institute in Rhinebeck New York and Sidwell Friends school in Washington DC, among others.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe the design strategies used to achieve Net Positive Water strategies in four projects around the country.
2. Compare the different approaches used and the site-specific conditions that required a differing approach.
3. Identify the main challenges to designing Net Positive Water systems.
4. Summarize the five biggest takeaways for your next Net Positive Water project.


Pete Munoz

Pete is a licensed engineer and certified wastewater treatment plant operator. Pete has been lucky enough to work with some of the most influential green built projects in the United States to create inspirational infrastructure and assist reconnecting our communities with what makes them work. With degrees in Biosystems, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pete has been asked to speak around the country on a variety of topics including green infrastructure, regenerative design, and climate change solutions. Pete is a partner in the Alliance for Regeneration and he teaches several water-related courses at Yestermorrow Design/Build in Warren, Vermont.

Continuing Education

This course is approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • 1 LFA hour
  • 1 AIA LU|HSW