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  • Headquarters in Fort Collins, COFounded in 1996, pioneer in sustainabilityStaff of engineers, management consulting specialistsUnique mix of engineering and management skillsOften partner; known for our ability to build interdisciplinary teams to tackle projects of any size100% wind powered, Colorado’s 1st Climate COOL CorporationCorporate Citizens of the CommunityServe clients nationwideEnergy: Efficiency, Smart Grid, Renewable EnergyWater: Efficiency, Conservation Planning, Energy-Water NexusClimate: Greenhouse Gas Inventories, Emissions Reduction PlansDesign: High Performance Building Design, LEED CertificationManagement Consulting: Sustainability Management Systems and Plans, Metrics, ReportingEconomic Development: Community sustainability planning, Growing local jobs, Cluster-based Clean Energy InitiativesWhy do we track emerging trends in sustainability?
  • If a voluntary water quantity trading program were established, Brendle Group would have credits that could be sold to a larger water consumer within the watershed. The final approach to water neutrality would be limiting water use to only what can be captured and stored onsite for future use which would require additional action by Brendle Group (rainwater harvesting and water reuse) as well as the purchase of water supply credits to offset remaining use.
  • New EPA standards for streams for nutrient loading – CO standards for Nitrogen and Phosphorous
  • 14 inches/year averageDry year – 7 inches


  • 1. Colorado Water Innovation Cluster: Net Zero Water Planning Template Becky Fedak Brendle Group Water Practice Lead and Engineer
  • 2. Vision: Be a global leader in water innovation Mission: Foster innovation, commercialization and economic vitality through synergy, collaboration, and leverage.
  • 3. Triple Helix Model for Economic Development • Leveraging strengths and mitigating risk: – University: research/insight/innovation – Government: pilot projects/policy – Private Sector: efficiency/capital • Initiatives-Based Approach: – Greater innovation reach and impact – Real Project Demonstrations – Local Benefits & Economic Development
  • 4. • Lake Canal Alternative Agricultural Practices • The Watershed Innovation Network (WIN) • Net Zero Water Planning Template and Pilot Program
  • 5. Net Zero Water Initiative VISION To make Colorado the center for thought leadership in “net zero” water planning, providing visibility for the state and showcasing the capabilities of CWIC. DEFINITION Water neutral means only using as much water as falls on a site and eliminating all water quality impacts from the site.
  • 6. Why this Initiative? Why Now? • Importance of sustainable water management, especially in the face of climate change • Consider quantity AND quality • Less developed frameworks and tools (compared to climate and energy) • Developing the footprint is only the first step – creating an action plan for reducing impact is key
  • 7. The Planning Process • Determine baseline and forecasted water footprint • Identify strategies to reduce impact • Analyze strategies and aggregate into scenarios • Set milestones based on scenario modeling • Measure and monitor progress
  • 8. Brendle Group Case Study •Showcase of sustainability renovation of a 25 year old architectural landmark in Fort Collins •Highlights local companies and technology innovations •Certified as LEED Gold •75% less electricity than an average Fort Collins office building •Water conserving landscape, end-use fixtures, and appliances •Received Fort Collins Water Catcher award in 2013
  • 9. STEP 1: Baseline and Forecast • Water Quantity Footprint: 84,000 gallons ‐ Indoor (25%) and outdoor (75%) water use • Water Quality Footprint: 6,000 gallons ‐ Assimilation volume for stormwater runoff to achieve water quality goals for nutrients (N and P) • Straight-line forecast (no growth)
  • 10. STEP 2: Strategies to Reduce Impacts • Reduce use through efficiency and conservation • Maximize reuse and recycling to make the most of the water resources on site • Minimize stormwater runoff impacts (reduce impervious area, increase on-site capture) • Generate markets for water quantity and quality trading credits
  • 11. STEP 3 : Analyze and Aggregate
  • 12. STEP 3 : Analyze and Aggregate
  • 13. Higher Ed Institution – Wet Climate ~15% of total footprint Average Annual Precipitation = 180,000 kgal ~85% of total footprint
  • 14. STEPS 4 & 5: Set Milestones & Measure Progress • Setting Milestones (reduction below 2011 baseline) Footprint 2016 2020 Quantity 70% 100% Quality 50% 100% • Measuring Progress
  • 15. Next Steps • Refine strategies • Cost/benefit analysis • Near-term implementation plan ‐ Ultra low-flow toilets ‐ Tap-to-toilet greywater system ‐ Cutback on irrigation ‐ Redirect downspouts
  • 16. H2.0
  • 17. Water Footprint & Net Zero Planning Preliminary – Order of Magnitude – For Concept Only • Quantity – Annual Water Use: 900 million gallons (15% of City total) – Avg Annual Precip: 1,000 million gallons (4 square miles) – Dry Year Avg Precip: 500 million gallons • Quality – Stormwater Assimilation Volume: 600 million gallons
  • 18. Net Zero Water Initiative Schedule • Fall 2013 – Fundraising and stakeholder identification • Fall 2013 – Winter 2014 – Project kick-off and Stakeholder Workshop • Winter – Spring 2014 – Net Zero Water Planning Template Development – AWWA Sustainable Water Management Conference • Spring – Summer 2014 – Pilot implementation with key stakeholders/sponsors
  • 19. Net Zero Water Initiative Sponsorship Levels Platinum ($10,000) Gold ($5,000) Silver ($1,000) Bronze ($500) Input on drat materials X X X X Acknowledgement on initiative materials X X X Participation in stakeholder events X X X X (2) X (1) Benefits Advisory board seat(s) Pilot project X
  • 20. QUESTIONS? Becky Fedak Brendle Group 970-207-0058