Local events


Monday, June 12 – Tuesday, June 13

10:00am to 5:00pm MT – Monday – Class Session

10:00am to 1:00pm MT – Tuesday – Field Session

WERS Verifier and Consultant Courses at the Santa Fe Area Homebuilders Association office

The foundational WERS course is the follow-up to the required online training modules that are to be completed before attending this in-person course offering. Students will learn how to evaluate water use from both plans and field inspection, as well as utilization of the WERS Tool.

Open to architects and designers, builders and developers, water professionals and decision makers, the WERS Consultant course is ideal for those who will be assisting the decision-making process on WERS projects alongside builders, developers and architects.

Please note that transportation will be needed to the classroom site and the inspection site. Lunch is not provided with this class.

For more information or to register for this class, please click here.

Tuesday, June 13 – Wednesday, June 14

10:00am to 5:00pm MT – Tuesday – Field Sessions

10:00am to 5:00pm MT – Wednesday – Class Session

WERS Verifier Multifamily Course at the Santa Fe Area Homebuilders Association office

The WERS Verifier Multifamily course builds upon the foundational WERS course and is only open to WERS Verifiers and WERS Verifier Candidates. Candidates must have completed the online training modules, as well as Monday’s in-person class session.

On Tuesday, students will first learn about field inspection in a single-family setting, and then move on to a medium-sized multifamily project.

On Wednesday, students will learn how to evaluate water use in multifamily buildings from plans using the WERS Tool, and will also learn how to integrate Tuesday’s gathered field inspection data.

Please note that transportation will be need to the classroom site and the inspection sites. Lunch is not provided with this class.

For more information or to register for this class, please click here.

Wednesday, June 14

11:00am to 4:00pm MT

Audit Training for Small Medical Facilities and Laboratories at Rogoff Dental Group (400 Botulph Rd., Santa Fe)

Instructors: Bill Hoffman and Doug Pushard

Hospitals and laboratories present unique challenges for water conservation auditors because of their unique types of equipment and processes that one encounters, and special requirements and procedures that the auditor must be aware of when auditing these types of facilities. This workshop will examine how, when, how much and where water is used in these facilities and how much can be saved. It will also cover the unique in’s and out’s of working in these sensitive facilities.

Attendees need to be familiar with auditing other types of indoor facilities to get the most out of this class. For attendees that are a Certified Restaurant Auditor and pass the exam post-class, they will become a Certified Medical Laboratory Auditor.

To register or for more information, please contact Doug Pushard .


Thursday, June 20

5:30 to 7:30 pm MT

Mayor’s Reception

Drury Plaza Hotel, 828 Paseo de Peralta

Join us for hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Summit attendees will be welcomed, and the NGWS Organizing Committee will present the 2024 water conservation awards.


Saturday, June 22

9:00am to 11:00am MT

Water Conservation Office on San Mateo (across from Midtown Bistro) in Santa FeFe

Please join the Water Conservation staff at their office located across from Midtown Bistro off of San Mateo Road. Self-guided tours will be available of the City’s native plant and pollinator gardens as well as the cactus garden put in by the Cactus Rescue Project group. City staff will be available to answer questions and will be giving away native seeds, shut-off nozzles and other conservation swag. Five rainbarrels will also be given away with opportunities to enter at every tour event. Drawings will be held at the end of the day, and you don’t have to be present to win.

For more information, visit www.savewatersantafe.com

Saturday, June 22

1:00pm to 3:00pm MT

Graywater System Tour, 1125 Paseo Barranca, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Visit the Estuary by LeapFrog Design, a new plant-powered ecological water treatment system. On the surface, a modern planter box or green wall full of vibrant plants adds beauty to the landscape. Inside, plants and microbes clean water from sinks, showers, and washing machines for reuse in toilet flushing and irrigation.

For more information on the tour, please e-mail Bill Roth.

Saturday, June 22

1:00pm to 3:00pm MT

Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave., Santa Fe, NM

The Santa Fe Community College Trades and Advanced Technology Center (TATC) is a LEED Platinum Certified facility housing a variety of programs centered around sustainable technologies and workforce preparation. The 12,000 s.f. commercial greenhouse serves as a living laboratory where students learn to operate and manage a variety of commercial Aquaponic and Hydroponic production systems. Showcasing our two, 99.5% water efficient commercial Aquaponics systems, students learn the skills needed to feed the future. The greenhouse features a new rainwater collection and delivery system, FCC, and three Phyn smart water meters.

The Alternative Fuels and Algae Cultivation programs provide students with the skills to produce climate-friendly energy, with materials ranging from microorganisms to food waste. Alternative fuels students learn to produce biodiesel, bioethanol, biogas from waste, and syngas from woody materials. The Algae Cultivation program is an innovative program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to train technicians to develop algal technologies not only for biofuels, but also as a source of food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, environmental remediation, and more. The lab is currently researching the use of algal cultures in the processing of diverse wastewater streams before release to surface waters.

The Santa Fe Community College Greenhouses are located next to the Trades and Advanced Technology Center. The Trades and Advanced Technology Center is located at the southeast end of the campus.

Saturday, June 22

3:00pm to 5:00pm MT

Garden tour led by Reese Baker

Reese Baker, owner and founder of The RainCatcher Inc., is a certified permaculture designer who has been involved with green building, organic farming, water harvesting, erosion control, ecological restoration and permaculture in the Santa Fe area for over 18 years. Visit Reese's garden to look at curb cuts and a walk of his garden, which demonstrates many urban forestry concepts, including zuni bowl infiltration basins, edible and wildlife/pollinator attracting plant species, with grasses and fungi for bioremediation of petroleum by-products, pesticides, microplastics, and other biological contaminants.

For additional information, please contact Doug Pushard.