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photo: Peter Starkweather

SBSE Retreat 2010:
Water: Down to Our Last Drop
The Springs Preserve, Las Vegas, NV 
Friday, May 14—Sunday, May 16

This year’s theme, “Water:  Down to Our Last Drop,” focuses on the role that water resources play in the built and natural environment and what members of SBSE, the design community, utilities, and policy makers are doing in the classroom and the community to provide innovative strategies to help manage our water resource issues.

The retreat is being held at the Springs Preserve just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada and provides an extraordinary backdrop to our speculations about the role that water plays in the environment that we create for ourselves. The Springs provides us with a diverse ecology to study and architecture that has been properly balanced to its desert setting. The site, the original setting for the springs and meadow which gave the city its name, and the facilities, including the LEED Platinum certified Desert Learning Center, will inspire our discussions.


photos: Springs Preserve
(unless noted) 

This year the retreat has been organized to provide a combination of formal and informal presentations of information and time for private and small group speculation and contemplation. Each day is split into morning sessions devoted to your proposals and afternoon sessions devoted to hiking the Springs grounds, visiting the facilities, and getting together for guest speakers, workshops, and roundtables. Lunch will be served at the Springs on Saturday and Sunday and dinner at the Sahara on Friday through Sunday. Optional tours have been arranged, including a trip to Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, just 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas.

Here are the themes for this year’s retreat:  

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Storm Water Management and Site Design – From urban infrastructure to constructed wetlands, site solutions that address water management

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Water Conservation – How can our cities, sites, buildings use less water?

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Rainwater/Greywater/Blackwater – How can we reuse our water resources?

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Innovations  – From small components to large system solutions to case studies, how can design thinking and problem solving help address our water challenges?

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Building Science Topics - General perspectives from SBSE colleagues to be discussed in an informal setting.

In the long standing tradition of SBSE, we hope that everyone will leave the retreat with new ideas and teaching resources to address the important issue of designing with our water resources in mind! 

The Retreat has been organized so that it directly follows LightFair International, May 12-14 in Las Vegas, and precedes the ASES Solar Conference, May 18-22 in Phoenix. 

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Program Coordinators
Mark Barnhouse mark.barnhouse@ndsu.edu
Cindy Urness
cindy.urness@ndsu.edu

Site Coordinators
Alfredo Fernandez-Gonzalez alfredo.fernandez@unlv.edu  
Deborah Oakley
Deborah.Oakley@unlv.edu

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