Water Independence is a comprehensive four-part series that continues the successful Getting to Zero education series for 2017.  This series will provide an overview of the importance of water conservation, proactive methods for water management, policies impacting water conservation and innovative strategies to reduce water consumption to net-zero water.  These learning opportunities will occur through case studies, presentations, and discussions with industry leaders.


Part one of the AIA | Dallas four-part series, Water Independence, Session 1: Foundations introduces the Water Independence program, provides an overview of the importance of water conservation, identifies methods to proactively measure water management effectiveness, and describes governing policies impacting water conservation and quality.


Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Define key contributors influencing the importance of water conservation
  • Describe effectual methods to measure water conservation during the design and construction process
  • Define net zero water definitions and communicate the performance requirements of net zero site or net zero building water usage.
  • Understand regulatory policies governing water usage and quality in the built environment


Charles M Wolf, D.Eng, PE, BCEE, Senior Vice President, Arcadis - Dr. Chuck Wolf has spent the majority of his career in planning and delivery of major capital projects, including direct leadership of over $500 million in water infrastructure in the Southwest United States.  He currently serves as a Sr. Vice President with Arcadis advising staff and clients on efficient project delivery and strategic planning around water portfolio management.  Outside of work, Chuck enjoys being involved in his community.  Currently, his extra time is spent as a Professor of Practice at Texas A&M in College Station where he teaches a senior level engineering project management class and supports research teams in effective project management and resiliency.  In the mid 2000’s, his community involvement was centered around serving on several non-profit boards as well as serving as an elected official for the City of Avondale, Arizona.  His water policy leadership in that capacity led to the City renaming its water reclamation plant in his honor as the Charles M. Wolf Water Resource Center.

David Matiella, LEEP AP BD+C, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs,University of Texas at San Antonio College of Architecture, Construction and Planning - David teaches courses in the design of the built environment and environmental systems with an emphasis on sustainability. In addition to teaching he is a volunteer advocate, Board member and Chair of the Advocacy Committee of the U.S. Green Building Council Texas Chapter. He resides in San Antonio, Texas with his wife Terri and their two children. Perhaps his most important job is that of coach to his kids’ baseball, softball, volleyball, and swim teams.

Corey Squire, AIA, LEED AP O+M, Sustainability Coordinator, Lake Flato - Corey works with all Lake|Flato teams to establish sustainability goals, analyze designs with simulation software, and collects post-occupancy performance data. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from Oberlin College and a Master of Architecture from Tulane University. In 2012, Squire was awarded the Eskew+Dumez+Ripple Research Fellowship to study building post-occupancy energy performance and sustainable design processes.

Kirk Johnson, AIA, LEED Fellow, Director of Sustainable Design, Corgan

Thom Powell, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Director of Sustainable Design, GFF Architects


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