Identifying Barriers & Easing Access
Permit pathway maps reduce uncertainty for developers, designers, and jurisdictions
Supporting Watershed Health
Living within our watersheds’ carrying capacity ensures clean and available water for resilient communities
Supporting Urban Ecology
Green wastewater solutions save energy, provide excellent pollutant removal, and create livable communities
Collaborting with Stakeholders & Decision Makers
Tapping the wisdom and lived experience of our communities is key to creating equitable outcomes
Assisting Early Adopters
Supporting the leadership of early adopters helps shift culture towards resilient systems
Recode and International Living Future Institute interviewed over 50 expert water professionals on this water reuse guidance for non-profits, utilities, municipalities, designers, developers, and others to implement:
Opportunities for Achieving Next Generation Water Infrastructure in California, Oregon, and Washington
Mission: Ensure access to and accelerate adoption of equitable and sustainable water systems.
Vision: Intentionally adaptable governance encourages innovation for watershed health and community resilience in the face of climate change and other disruptions. This work incorporates the lived experience of members of impacted communities with solutions that benefit all communities.
Goals: Develop, promote and get adopted the codes and ordinances necessary to advance options in the NEW (Nutrient-Energy-Water) Nexus.
Next generation infrastructure will become the norm when a concerted effort – by allied partners – is made to learn from projects on the cutting edge, change perceptions, and work collaboratively with policymakers and regulators to change the way we govern innovation.
We have established several programs and tools to meet the United Nation’s 2030 food and water goals while simultaneously achieving their Paris Energy Accord in a sustainable and equitable manner.
NEW Nexus systems combine centralized and dispersed water conservation and reuse, nutrient recovery, and energy-generating approaches and technologies that provide for the needs of people and watersheds.
Recode works with model code writing organizations (like IAPMO) and local jurisdictions (like Oregon DEQ) to create performance based code language, model ordinances, and legislative language.
Recode and International Living Future Institute have participated in the processes needed to permit safer, more abundant water supplies on the west coast by developing outreach and providing input on legislative and rule-making language in Washington and Oregon.
IAPMO is a plumbing and mechanical industry group whose codes have been adopted by jurisdictions worldwide. Recode’s team created a site-built composting toilet code with options for urine diversion for IAPMO’s 2015 Green Supplement to the Uniform Plumbing Code and IAPMO’s upcoming National Standard for water efficiency and sanitation. More recently, we have worked on Choosing Better Terms for Water Re-Use and numerous code updates.
Assisting Early Adopters
Recode assists early adopters through creating tools, connecting them with hands on trainings and precedents from other early adopters.
Water Reuse Permit Maps are place-based interactive graphics that make a variety of information available for specific onsite water reuse permit pathways.
The Code Innovations Database has several case studies including one on a composting toilet pilot project in Cape Cod and a more successful one in Arizona.