NEW Nexus Toolkit by Audience

The Nutrient-Energy-Water/NEW Nexus Toolkit is sponsored by the Rosin Fund of the Scherman Foundation and was created under a collaborative grant with International Living Future Institute (ILFI) and Oregon Environmental Council. It will be developed over the course of our grant, which ends in 2019. This toolkit will help public and private-sector professionals find resources on onsite water reuse systems created through our grant and by others. (In most cases, descriptions are lifted word-for-word from the publisher’s own website.)

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Code Innovations Database. The Code Innovations Database is a clearinghouse of examples of successfully permitted green building, high performance, and other innovative design strategies, materials and technologies.

Water Petal Case Studies (9). These nine water policy case studies document the regulatory successes achieved by several project teams and regulators around the country. Published by the International Living Future Institute.

Sustainable Silicon Valley Case Studies. Case studies from all over the country are featured here. Online portal from Sustainable Silicon Valley.

Onsite Non-potable Water Reuse Practice Guide. Crafted in partnership with the Charles Pankow Foundation, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Google, AIA California Council, and other industry and institutional partners, the guide presents empowering information, real world examples and step by step design, construction and technical information needed for water use systems of all types and sizes at the building and district scale. Developed with a Working Group of subject matter and industry experts, the guide is an objective and credible resource on water reuse. Published in 2018 by Urban Fabrick.


Going Beyond the Flint and Detroit Housing and Water Crises. Includes background information regarding the racial disparities of housing and water access experience by the African-American and Black communities in the Detroit MI and Portland OR regions as well as additional resources for community-led solutions.

The Economic Benefits of Investing in Water Infrastructure (Report). March 2017: Report on the economic benefits of investing in water infrastructure finds that if we close the investment gap for water infrastructure, there is a ripple effect of sustained job creation, GDP growth, and more. Published by The Value of Water Campaign. (Fact Sheet)

An Equitable Water Future: A National Briefing Paper. June 2017: A briefing paper to expand national understanding of the water-related challenges that vulnerable communities face, and the opportunities to leverage water investment to build a society and economy that works for everyone.

Advocating a Living Future. Advocacy Resources: Water Regulation for Resiliency. Surveys of project teams that are pursuing the Living Building Challenge indicate how water regulations pose a common challenge regardless of geographic location. The Institute recently held a water forum of expert practitioners that confirmed that while cultural resistance can be a problem, the overwhelming barriers are related to a lack of policy leadership. Published by the International Living Future Institute in 2015.


The Value of Water Campaign. The Value of Water Campaign is supported by top leaders from across the water industry committed to raising awareness about the importance of water and the often invisible water challenges threatening our country.