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 Danielsson

Program Director

Molly began working with Recode in 2010 to determine how to legalize a portable composting toilet business in Oregon so people could be 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 People’s Food Coop, Public Laboratory, Medical Reserve Corp, and USA Today. Molly’s work has been featured in MIT’s Design Issues, CDC, Living Future Conference, Smith magazine, and Sustainability Review.


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.


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.




Melora Golden


Melora has provided vision, strategic planning, organizational development and project management to Recode since 2008. Before becoming an environmental activist, Melora was a social worker for 12 years. Melora believes that bringing more intention and tools to group interaction will significantly increase the effectiveness of those groups. Melora has visited 37 countries learning about sustainable design and visiting intentional communities. She attended the international Permaculture convergences in Brazil and Africa and was the lead organizer of the second and third Women’s Permaculture Gatherings.  She has lived in Portland OR since 1996, she is dedicated to her wonderful city and to the sustainable evolution of the world.


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 recent 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.


Anne Dufay


Anne is the Executive Director of SE Uplift, Recodes fiscal sponsor. Anne is responsible for the management of fiscal and programmatic oversight, planning, and human resource management. She provides support to the Board of Directors and staff to help fulfill SE Uplift’s mission and manages the fiscal sponsorship program. Anne enjoys riding her horse Tyger with her husband Frank and his horse Coltrane, gardening, reading, entertaining, traveling and being bossed around by two cats, the aforementioned two horses, four goats and a rowdy bunch of poultry. Rounding out her days are time with cherished family and friends. 


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

Tryon Life Community Farm (TLC) formed to model environmentally sound practices on their land trust in SW Portland. As building and renovations began they realized several green building practices were illegal like the reuse of graywater to fertilize their downhill orchards. TLC formed Recode to advocate and legalize sustainable design practices for all Oregonians instead of simply seeking a variance for their site. Recode’s first campaign was to legalize graywater which was lead by Brenna Bell, founder of TLC farm and attorney at BARK.



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

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