Leadership at the Utility-Scale: A Snapshot from San Francisco

Leadership at the Utility-Scale: A Snapshot from San Francisco

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So often in conversations about Net Positive Water, utilities are the last entities invited to the table. Yet, utilities are uniquely positioned to drive these solutions forward and hold a larger vision for the watershed. As Director of Water Resources with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), Paula Kehoe is responsible for diversifying San Francisco’s local water supply portfolio through the development and implementation of conservation, groundwater, and recycled water programs. Paula will describe her work spearheading landmark legislation allowing for the collection, treatment, and use of alternate water sources for non-potable end uses in buildings and districts within San Francisco. She will also summarize the more recent work of the National Blue Ribbon Commission to support the use of on-site non-potable water systems.

Learning Objectives

  • Articulate the unique role that utilities play in a Net Positive Water future, and the steps that San Francisco Public Utilities Commission have taken in this direction.
  • Describe the various programs that SFPUC has introduced in San Francisco and their results.
  • Define the way in which you can work directly with your local utility on your next project.
  • Specify the research that the Blue Ribbon Commission has released and their upcoming resources.

Continuing Education

This webinar is approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • 1 LFA (Living Future Accreditation) hour
  • 1 AIA LU|HSW credit. Course number: 170921WATER

Speaker

Paula Kehoe

Paula Kehoe is the Director of Water Resources with San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). She is responsible for diversifying San Francisco’s water supply portfolio, including conservation, groundwater, and recycled water programs. Paula spearheaded the landmark legislation allowing for the collection, treatment and use of alternate water sources in buildings and districts. She worked for the SFPUC General Manager and assisted with the planning the $4.6 billion capital improvement program to rebuild the third largest water delivery system in California. She served as Public Education Director for the SFPUC’s Water Pollution Prevention Program receiving six state and national awards.