What’s that Green Stuff? Lessons from Operating a Rain Water Collection and Treatment System
Living Future unConference / Seattle WA / May 16-19, 2017

Charley Stevenson, Principal, Integrated Eco Strategy
Amy Johns, Director, Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, Williams College

“Williams College’s Class of 1966 Environmental Center is operating the first licensed rainwater collection and treatment system in the state of Massachusetts. We had no idea what we were getting in to, and we’re making up procedures, experiments, and solutions as we go. We’ve struggled with unidentified green goo, higher than expected operational costs, and a UV filtration system designed for a system 100 times larger than ours. And yet, clean water comes of the faucet and we’re on track for net-zero water performance. We will share our experience and hope to help future projects plan better for operational challenges.”


Our first LBC project, The Class of 1966 Environmental Center at Williams College, has achieved Petal Certification.

The project successfully completed 3 audits and proved Net Zero water for 12 months. This project achieved certification in these six petals: site, water, materials, equity, beauty & health.

We couldn’t be more proud to have been the LBC consultant on the project. Congratulations Team!