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.

Ben Cannon, Oregon Representative

Recode Team



Molly Winter

Program Director

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. 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 the Living Future Conference, Tiny House Conference, Oregon Onsite Wastewater Association and the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference.


Melanie Mindlin

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.

Howard Silverman

Howard Silverman

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.


Arif Khan

Board of Directors

Arif coordinates partnerships for the UN Secretary-General’s World Humanitarian Summit, to improve policies, collaborations and ways of working in situations of disaster and conflict.He is currently a Loeb Fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design where he is exploring  the issue of mutual aid and social capital in urban disaster preparedness and response and developing new approaches to support community resilience. He has managed disaster relief projects in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. With Alta Planning + Design, Khan has planned hundreds of miles of bikeways. He founded Depave, a non-profit that works with communities to transform parking lots into greenspace & gardens.


Jonathan Poisner


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.


Mathew Lippincott


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. He became involved with Recode through his passion for furthering composting toilets through open source educational materials and designs. Mathew’s life highlights include his Balloon Mapping Kickstarter being listed as one of the 10 best projects of 2012, 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 Danielsson.


Kim Nace


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. 


Abe Noe-Hayes


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.



Brenna Bell


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.


Brock Dolman


Brock is a wildlife biologist, permaculture designer, educator, and watershed restorationist. He is co-founder of the Sowing Circle, LLC Intentional Community,  Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, and the the WATER Institute in Sonoma County, California. Brock has been the keynote presenter at numerous sustainability conferences and has lectured internationally  and widely in the U.S.A. He was one of the core co-facilitators for the IPC8 PDC in Sao Paulo, Brazil and for the IPC11 PDC in Pinar del Rio, Cuba. Having co-taught over 75 PDC’s since 1995 in the U.S. and internationally – he is widley acknowledged as one of the U.S.A’s most experienced Permaculture teachers. He has been featured in the award winning films: The 11th Hour by Leonardo DiCaprio; The Call of Life by Species Alliance; and Permaculture: A Quiet Revolution by Vanessa Shultz. 

Recode History

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 started the Recode project.


Legalizing Green Design, Planetizen by Jonathan Nettler, November 9, 2012.

Your Green Dream House Might Be Illegal. Fast Company Blog by Michael Coren.