When talking about the built environment, we would do well to remember, "We shape our buildings, and afterwards, our buildings shape us." Therefore, on each episode, we'll discuss the latest trends from IAPMO in plumbing and mechanical safety, sustainability, and resiliency. Join me, your host Christoph Lohr, and together, we'll explore the ways we can make our buildings shape us for the better.
Episode 1: Dain Hansen, Darion Ziegler & Michael Lavoie
Welcome to Season Two of The Authority Podcast: Plumbing and Mechanical.
This season will be a little bit different than Season One. In Season Two, each episode will feature three short sections with three different guests. Our first section will be policy and things that are impacting jurisdictions. Our second segment will be news and information and the latest trends of what's going on in the plumbing industry. And finally our third section will cover the good work that the plumbing industry is doing. We hope this will give our listeners a big-picture view of what's going on in our sector and keep you all in the know.
On this episode, we'll be speaking with Dain Hansen, executive vice president of Government Relations for The IAPMO Group in our policy segment. In our news segment, we'll be speaking with Darion Ziegler, architect at NELSON Worldwide. In our third section, we'll be talking with Michael Lavoie, president of The Drain Whisperer and a registered plumber in the state of California.
Season 2 of The Authority Podcast Coming Soon
Get ready for Season 2 of The Authority Podcast: Plumbing and Mechanical!
This season will be a little bit different than Season 1. In this season, each episode will feature three short segments with three different guests. Our first section will cover policy and things that are impacting jurisdictions. Our second segment will cover news, information, and the latest trends in the plumbing industry. And finally, our third section will cover the good work that the plumbing industry is doing.
Join us for Episode 1 on Tuesday, Dec. 14, and together we'll explore the ways we can make our buildings shape us.
Episode 09: Kaitlin Harris, Seán Kearney & Emma Robbins
On our final episode of Season 1, we'll finish our conversation about plumbing resiliency with a focus on plumbing equity and bridging plumbing equity gaps. Joining us on this episode are Emma Robbins, DigDeep's Navajo Water Project Executive Director, Kaitlin Harris, DigDeep Field Engineer, and Seán Kearney, Managing Director of the International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH).
To learn more about DigDeep, visit https://www.digdeep.org.
To learn more about IWSH, visit https://iwsh.org.
Episode 08: Kathryn Sorensen
In this episode, we'll discuss the concept of equity — specifically, plumbing and water equity — with Kathryn Sorensen, Director of Research for the Kyl Center for Water Policy and Professor of Practice at the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.
Sorensen served for many years as Director of Phoenix Water Services as well as Director of the City of Mesa Water Resources Department. In these roles she was responsible for the delivery of safe, clean, reliable water for millions of Arizonans, and significantly advanced the sustainable management of water resources in Arizona and the Colorado River basin. She earned a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Michigan. In her position at Arizona State University, she oversees the research efforts of the Kyl Center for Water Policy, serves as a Professor of Practice at the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, and contributes to the Global Futures Laboratory.
To learn more about the Arizona State University Morrison Institute for Public Policy, visit https://morrisoninstitute.asu.edu.
Ten Tenets of Water Equity: Considerations for Community Water Systems
Episode 07: Ron Jones
In this week's episode, we'll continue our conversation on plumbing resiliency with a focus on sustainability and equity. Our guest this week is Ron Jones, co-founder and president of Green Builder Media, who is recognized as one of the fathers of the green building movement, instrumental in establishing guidelines and programs through NAHB, USGBC, and a variety of regional initiatives.
Jones is the charter chairman of the Greenbuilder Coalition, a grassroots nonprofit advocacy group, whose goal is to promote integrity and the building industry and beyond in an effort to return balance and harmony to the relationship between the built environment and the natural one. A recognized author and keynote speaker on four continents, his industry credentials and leadership experience, combined with his inspirational message and take-no-prisoners style, makes him a high-demand presenter for conferences and events of all kinds.
To learn more about Green Builder Media, visit www.greenbuildermedia.com.
Episode 06 – Part 02: Sarah Porter, Micah Thomas, Pat Sinicropi & Mike Collignon
This is part two of our two-part series where we'll continue our conversation about plumbing resiliency, drought prevention, and water reuse with Sarah Porter, Director of the Kyl Center for Water Policy at Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy; Micah Thomas, Senior Director of Program Development and Compliance at the Green Building Initiative, also known as GBI; Pat Sinicropi, Executive Director at the WateReuse Association; and Mike Collignan, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Green Builder Coalition.
If you missed part one, we suggest you go back and listen to that episode before continuing here.
Sarah Porter is director of the Kyl Center for Water Policy at Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy. Established in 2014, the Kyl Center promotes research, analysis, collaboration and open dialogue to build consensus and support of sound water stewardship solutions for Arizona and the West.
To learn more about the Kyl Center, visit https://morrisoninstitute.asu.edu/content/kyl-center-water-policy.
Micah Thomas is GBI's primary content expert and heads the development of the Green Building Initiative's user-friendly assessment tools and rating systems. As senior director of program development and compliance, Thomas refines the assessment, rating, and certification processes, and develops customized tools and processes to meet the specific and unique needs of federal guiding principles compliance users.
To learn more about the Green Building Initiative, visit https://thegbi.org.
Pat Sinicropi is the executive director of the WateReuse Association, the only national organization dedicated solely to advancing policy, technology and innovation, and public acceptance for water reuse. Sinicropi has nearly two decades of experience as a policy expert and advocate on water-related issues in Washington, D.C.
To learn more about the WateReuse Association, visit https://watereuse.org.
Mike Collignon is the executive director of the Green Builder Coalition, an organization he co-founded in 2010. He engages in national- and state-level advocacy and publishes regular content for Greenbuilder Media.
To learn more about the Green Builder Coalition, visit https://www.greenbuildercoalition.org.