About Us

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

Pat Lando

Executive Director

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

Program 
Manager

Maria earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. She’s collaborated with interdisciplinary teams to implement sustainable water systems on architectural and site development projects for 20 years. Maria has provided workshops, developed technical outreach websites, and facilitated decision-making processes for diverse audiences from homeowners to professionals in the public and private sector throughout Western Oregon and beyond to help them create healthy communities and meet water quality regulations.

Maria authored the LID Guidance Template for Western Oregon, funded and endorsed for use by communities throughout the region to create their own site and stakeholder-specific stormwater management manual. Maria’s work at NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality rounded out her understanding of permitting from both the “regulator” and “regulated” perspectives.


Board of Directors

Molly Winter

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.

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Naomi Cole

Naomi has a diverse background in urban sustainability and development in both the non-profit and private sectors. She brings over 15 years of experience in delivering projects and programs to public, private and community clients. Her professional experience includes roles at EcoDistricts, ZGF Architects, PECI/CLEAResult, and Konstrukt. She studied architecture, environmental studies and urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Real Estate at Portland State University. Naomi is a native Portlander and lives in a net zero energy home in which she makes jewelry, bakes cakes, and speaks to her toddler in Italian.

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Brian Walsh

In 2015, Brian was hired as the Policy Manager for the WA Department of Health / Office of Drinking Water.  He supervises an interdisciplinary staff responsible for drinking water rules content, ground water technical support, water resources policy, emergency response planning, legislation, and capacity development.  Current issues include rules for Group A water systems, emergency loan program under the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, fluoride, and total coliform.  His group also engages on water availability guidance, water use efficiency, climate change, nitrate contamination of groundwater, ASR, and reclaimed water.


Advisors

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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.

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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, 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.

Joshua Klyber

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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Lena Moon

Lena is a founding member of Tryon Life Community Farm, which originally launched Recode over a decade ago when they wanted to change local coding laws to bring the first public-use composting toilet facility in the state to our education center.


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 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.

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