Recode was an invaluable asset in the campaign for legalizing graywater reuse. Recode ably coordinated the many groups working on this bill and brought the voice of the grassroots to the legislative table. Recode’s efforts to remove regulatory barriers to sustainability is incredibly important work.
Pat brings twenty-four years of experience as a practicing landscape architect and green infrastructure consultant to his role with Recode. As a designer and through his design-build firm he has been part of finding permit pathways for a wide range of projects from rainwater to blackwater; from residential to campus scale. Pat works to create permit pathways to allow natural systems and plant communities to treat water. Pat designed and installed the first legal graywater system in Oregon back in 2009. He was also part of Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s graywater advisory committee that recommended a framework for Oregon’s current code.
Maria Cahill earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. Maria has collaborated on interdisciplinary teams to implement low impact development for almost 20 years, obtaining permits for innovative approaches to green infrastructure for managing stormwater.
Maria authored the LID Guidance Template for Western Oregon, which the DEQ funded, endorsed, and posted for free download. Maria has trained professionals in the public and private sector throughout Western Oregon and beyond, providing technical resources and tools to help them meet water quality regulations. In addition, Maria has worked as a regulator at NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
Chair of the Board of Directors
Melanie Mindlin has worked with permaculture design, home design, group facilitation, land use planning, and intentional communities for many years. She is a partner in Siskiyou Permaculture, which offers the Permaculture Design Course, several unique advanced permaculture courses, as well as design services and permaculture counseling. She was the founder, designer and project manager of Ashland Cohousing Community, a community of 13 passive solar homes in Ashland, Oregon, and is currently involved in land use planning for an ecovillage in Southern Oregon. Melanie has been a member of the Ashland Planning Commission since 2007 and was chair of the Commission from 2012-2014.
Board of Directors Secretary
Howard teaches applied systems thinking in the Collaborative Design MFA program at Pacific Northwest College of Art. He worked for many years as senior writer and analyst with Ecotrust. He is a partner in the scenarios, research, and design consultancy Pattern Labs, writes at Solving for Pattern, and serves on the board of Mercy Corps Northwest.
Board of Directors
Molly began working with Recode in 2010 to determine how to legalize a portable composting toilet business in Oregon so people could experience ecological sanitation first hand. Molly was director from 2015-2016. She is a designer, researcher, and illustrator seeking to help others understand the science of waste treatment processes to help them make better decisions. Molly has created visual explanations for organizations including Beacon Food Forest, People’s Food Coop, Public Laboratory, Medical Reserve Corp, and USA Today. Molly’s work has been featured in MIT’s Design Issues, CDC, Smith magazine, and Sustainability Review. Molly has given talks at TEDx Bend, Living Future Conference, Tiny House Conference, Oregon Onsite Wastewater Association and the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference.
Board of Directors
Naomi brings over a decade of experience in urban sustainability. In her current role at the non-profit, EcoDisticts, she works with communities and professionals on a new model for sustainable neighborhood development. In previous roles at ZGF Architects and CLEAResult, she led project and program teams to advance environmental performance. Naomi studied architecture, environmental studies and urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Real Estate at Portland State University.
As a native Portlander, Naomi returned to her hometown after college, determined to invest her life and career in the place that was formative to her own development. She lives in a nearly net zero energy home in which she makes jewelry, bakes cakes, and speaks to her toddler in Italian.
Jonathan has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector including twelve years as executive director of Oregon League of Conservation Voters and its sister organization, OLCV Education Fund. Jonathan now works as an independent organizational development consultant, with a focus on strategic planning, fundraising, communications, coalition building, and other organizational development challenges.
A founding member of the Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, Mathew is an artist, researcher, and designer who has worked in technology education for eight years, both with youth programs and arts education. He became involved with Recode through his passion for furthering composting toilets through open source educational materials and designs. Mathew’s life highlights include MDML’s Sewer Catastrophe Companion being exhibited at the Center for Disease Control and approved by the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, and developing signage for the Beacon Food Forest in Seattle with Molly Winter.
Kim holds an M.A. in International Administration from World Learning and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Keene State College. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana and has taught children of all ages. She coordinated research funded by the MacArthur Foundation and later served as an Elementary School Principal – at Central School in rural Vermont and the American International School in Chennai, India. She has been passionate about sustainable sanitation alternatives ever since creating an educational video about composting toilets for her 1989 master’s thesis project, along with her husband, Mike Earley. Now she is pleased to again be engaging others in the possibilities and practicalities of human manure recycling at the Rich Earth Institute. Kim and her family use a urine diverting composting toilet.
Abraham Noe-Hays has been working with dry sanitation systems since 1990. He is the research director at the Rich Earth Institute, where he oversees the Urine Nutrient Reclamation Project, the nation’s first community scale urine collection and recycling program. The Institute develops and disseminates methods and technologies for urine recycling, and is conducting USDA and EPA funded studies to evaluate the fertilizer value of source-separated urine. Abraham also operates Full Circle Compost Consulting, founded in 2001, providing complete design, manufacture, and maintenance services to individual and institutional owners of dry toilet systems. He is the eco-sanitation expert for Sustainable Harvest International, and has helped initiate urine-diversion projects in Nicaragua, Honduras, Belize, and Panama. He holds a B.A. in Human Ecology with concentrations in agroecology and compost science from the College of the Atlantic.
Josh’s role as Project Coordinator at Code Unlimited puts him in the center of code compliance issues. Josh supports Recode by connecting us with current building code trends and by forwarding potential clients and collaborators our way. Josh also serves as chair of the Alternative Technology Advisory Committee in Portland.
Brenna co-founded Recode in 2007. Brenna is staff attorney at BARK working to defend and restore Mount Hood. Her involvement with Cascadia Forest Alliance and the campaign to save Eagle Creek led her to Lewis & Clark Law School, where she graduated cum laude. Brenna has worked with numerous non-profits and is a co-founder of Tryon Life Community Farm – a community sustainability education center. She also lives, and is raising her two young children, in Cedar Moon – the intentional community at TLC Farm.
In 2007, residents at Tryon Life Community Farm, a sustainability education center in southwest Portland, Oregon, wanted to use their graywater to water their orchard. They were told they couldn’t under existing codes. Water conservation of this sort was “illegal.”
Instead of seeking a variance, they start the Recode project.
In 2008, Recode partners with the City of Portland’s Office of Sustainable Development to organize Oregon’s first public forum on graywater reuse
In 2009, with leadership from Rep. Ben Cannon and Sen. Jackie Dingfelder, and based on drafting and organizing by Recode, Oregon passes Bill 2080, legalizing graywater reuse
In 2010, Recode volunteer Brenna Bell serves on the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Graywater Advisory Committee
In 2011, Recode volunteers Matthew Lippincott and Molly Winter draft composting toilet code; Recode volunteer Joshua Klyber drafts light straw clay building code. Both codes are adopted by the Oregon Building Codes Division as part of the Reach Code.
In 2012, the Oregon DEQ begins accepting permits for graywater systems
In 2013, Recode’s Ecological Sanitation Campaign tours the state, with Lippincott, Winter and Melora Golden visiting DEQ offices and organizing meetings to talk about innovative sanitation solutions: options, costs, and impacts
In 2014, Recode leads a broad coalition of allies in writing a model composting toilet code. Recode hosts a two-day water and sanitation regulatory activism workshop with participants from around the state.
In 2015, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) adopts Recode’s model composting toilet code. Recode travels to Sweden and Finland to learn about innovative approaches to sanitation regulation.