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2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit in Johannesburg on 25-26 September

September 4, 2018 at 3:04 pm

2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit

2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit: Launching Successful Commercial Indoor Farming in Africa and its Cities

The 2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit will be held on September 25 – 26 at the Sunnyside Park Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa.  With the agriculture sector at the centre of ongoing discussions and debate around transformation and economic empowerment, this 2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit is not only timely, but highly relevant.

Organized by Magenta Global, the two-day Conference includes a dynamic offering of engaging presentations and panel discussions.  It will bring together all agriculture stakeholders – from policy makers, trade and investment promotion agencies, farmers (both smallholders and commercial farmers), credit and agri-financiers, agri start-ups, and system integrators under one roof to learn, share and implement the latest developments and opportunities presented by vertical farming, urban greenhouses, green roofs and controlled environment agriculture.

2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit

The latest joint ventures and partnerships will be highlighted, case studies shared and strategies robustly debated.  New trends, opportunities and technologies will be showcased, once again providing the perfect platform for extraordinary networking opportunities for all Summit participants.

With rising issues on climate change (floods and droughts), rapidly-growing city populations and insect infestation becoming an increasing trend affecting crop production across Africa, there is an urgent need to explore alternative sustainable farming to ensure food security.

2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit

From America, Europe, Middle East and Asia, Urban Agriculture has been making waves globally as a solution to these issues.  Modest versions of Urban Agriculture have surfaced in some African countries like Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Botswana and South Africa.

Vertical Farming, Green Houses and CEA Technology

2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit

Into its second year, the Urban Agri Africa 2018 will look at general trends, barriers and investments into Vertical Farming, Green Houses and Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Technology.  This year’s event will also take a peek into other forms of Urban Farming such as Alternate Protein Farming and Vertical Aquaponics Farming to Cultivating Algae, Prawns and Mussels and how Urban Farming is making agriculture more attractive to young farmers and agripreneurs and creating decent employment opportunities.

The Summit will feature exciting presentations on investment opportunities for food production in an urban environment, capital-raising and financing, available technology enabling indoor farming, and plant factory business models.

Expert Speakers at the 2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit

2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit

Some of the expert speakers at this Summit include: Roger Tuckeldoe, Director of Smallholder Development at the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa; Prof Michael Rudolph, Managing Director of Siyakhana Multipurpose Cooperative; Michelle Adelman, Managing Director of Go Fresh, Botswana; Aliyu Abdulhameed, MD & CEO of Nigerian Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agriculture Lending (NIRSAL), Nigeria; Esther Ndumi Ngumbi, Research Fellow at University of Illinois, USA; Peter Chege, Owner of Hydroponics Africa, Kenya; Inge Kuschke, Agriculture Analyst at Greencape; and Thato Moagi, Managing Director at Legae La Banareng Farms, amongst others.

2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit

Supported once again by the Association for Vertical Farming (AVF) along with the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), the Summit will be attended by some 200 participants from the African continent, Europe, USA and the Middle East and Asia.

“Africa has unique opportunities for urban farming, especially vertical farming and if properly designed and implemented, could offer exciting solutions to sustainable food production. As part of our support for youth in farming, participants at this Summit will pay a visit to La Pieus Aqua South Africa where 16-year-old Rikaliza Reinecke is the owner of this lovely Commercial Aquaculture and Aquaponics Farm just outside Pretoria.” ~ Maggie Tan, 2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit Organiser Magenta Global’s CEO

2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit

Important Topics

  • Developing Policies for Urban Agriculture for Food Security – Contributing Factors
  • Practical Urban Farming Techniques Ideal for Meeting the Challenges of Urbanisation and Climate Change
  • Vertical Aquaponics Farms to Cultivate Algae, Prawns and Mussels – Current Cultivation and Challenges for Commercialisation
  • Applications of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Mining in the Next Generation of Vertical Farms
  • “Africa Needs its Own Version of the Vertical Farm to Feed Growing Cities”: What is the Best Model for Africa – Updates after the First Edition.
  • Understanding the Various Technologies Used in Vertical Farming and Learn From Regional Presentations
  • What are the Latest Research Available on Controlled Environment Crops
  • Renewable Energy: Challenges of LED-based Farming in Africa
  • What Should Those Planning to Start a Farm Consider? Lessons from Some of the Biggest Indoor Vertical Farms
  • Exploring Practical Case Studies of Different Forms of Commercial Indoor Vertical Farming
  • Endogenous Clocks and Their Role in Optimising Productivity for Indoor Farming
  • What Will Hybrid Technology Bring for Vertical Farms in Africa?
  • Financing Models to Consider for the African Landscape
  • Different Stages, Different Investment Strategies: Laying the Groundwork
  • From Traditional Farmer to Vertical Farmer

2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit

Travel & Venue Info

The 2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit will be held at the Sunnyside Park Hotel on September 25 – 26.  Situated in the heart of Parktown, one of Johannesburg’s oldest and most elegant suburbs, the Sunnyside Park Hotel is the essence of the heritage that both South African and international travelers have come to relish in.  Built in 1895, the hotel is both a National Monument and Heritage site.

The Sunnyside Park Hotel
Princess of Wales Terrace, Parktown
PO Box 3017, Houghton 2041
Johannesburg, South Africa
Contact: Macdonald Mofokeng
Phone: +27 11 640 0400
Email: macdonald.mofokeng@sunnysideparkhotel.com

Visitors to South Africa must hold a valid passport.  Nationals of most countries are required to obtain visas to enter the country.  Please check with your respective South African High Commission, consulate or travel agent for the latest status.  Invitation letter for travel visa will only be issued after receipt of full payment of fees.

Special Invitation to Visiting Foreign Delegates!

2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit

Provided by the Johannesburg Convention Bureau, take advantage of the Post-Summit Tour on Day Three to visit the city’s most exciting sights.  Watch out for tour details on the REGISTER (Travel & Venue Info) page.

Registration & More

2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit

Contact: Cathy Lim, International Business Director, Magenta Global Pte Ltd
Phone: +65 6846 2360 / Fax: +65 6747 0178
Email: enquiry@magenta-global.com.sg or cathy.lim@magenta-global.com.sg

Register now to book your seat at this engaging Summit!

Urban farmers can take advantage of a Special Greenroofs.com Urban Farmer Participation Fee of US$399/registrant.

Follow us on Facebook, and we hope to see you at the 2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit.

~ Magenta Global


2nd Urban Agri Africa 2018 Summit

About Magenta Global – Owner & Organizer
Magenta Global Pte Ltd is a premier independent business media company that provides pragmatic and relevant information to government & business executives and professionals worldwide. The organization provides the opportunity to share thought-provoking insights, exchange ideas on the latest industry trends and technological developments with thought leaders and business peers. With a strong focus in emerging economies especially in Africa, Middle East & Central Asia, Magenta Global works in partnership with both the public and private sectors.

Media Contact:
Jose Carpio
International Marketing Manager
DID: +65 6846 2366
Email: jose@magenta-global.com.sg

Irrigation of Intensive Green Roof Systems on a Hot Planet

August 31, 2018 at 3:09 pm
Irrigation of Intensive Green Roof Systems

Red-hot planet: simulation of maximum temperatures on July 3, 2018. Source: The Washington Post.

Intense Heat Equals Necessary Irrigation of Intensive Green Roof Systems

In July of this year the UK Met Office (officially the Meteorological Office) continued to report temperatures that were into the mid-30s (Celsius).  Temperatures are touching these figures with frequency; for example, 33.3°C was recorded at Santon Downham on the 23rd July, 34.5° C at Heathrow Airport on 21st June 2017 and 36.7° C on the 01st July 2015 to name a few.

And the all-time record was 38.5° C at Faversham in August 2003.  In fact, the average UK temperature over the last decade (2008-2017) was 0.8 °C warmer than the 1961-1990 average. (Source: UK Met office website).

Irrigation of Intensive Green Roof Systems

Intensive green roof system at Kew Bridge, London.

And we also know that global temperatures are following suit with heat waves wrecking havoc across the planet.  2018 is on pace to be the 4th-hottest year on record. (Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) via CNN).

This, to my mind, underlines the importance of considering very carefully the requirements for inclusion of permanent irrigation systems on intensive green roofs and in planters, whether they’re in London, Aberdeen, or wherever.

Irrigation of Intensive Green Roof Systems

Intensive green roof & bespoke planters at Material Store, West London.

The total absence of or the provision of inadequate irrigation systems is one of the commonest reasons for planting failures on green roofs or within planters at either ground or roof level – regardless of rising heat rates.  Here we take a quick look at some of the pressures and solutions for providing much-needed irrigation to our green spaces, but with an emphasis on green roofs.

Irrigation of Intensive Green Roof Systems

One of 14 landscaped roofs at the School of Architecture and Construction at the University of Greenwich, UK, a teaching resource.

With increasing urbanisation and higher density living, planners, landscape architects, and architects are trying to provide more affordable, high-quality, desirable living spaces that each have a sense of unique identity.  And these locations very often incorporate green spaces or green elements within their designs.

This is all well and good.  However, without providing the necessary elements for the plants to thrive, i.e., light, water, oxygen, carbon dioxide, nutrients, and a means to anchor their roots, no matter how well-meaning the intentions are, the long-term performance of the trees, shrubs or vegetation is undoubtedly compromised.

Irrigation of Intensive Green Roof Systems

School of Architecture and Construction, University of Greenwich.

So why do we see so many planters incorporating trees and hedging that could quickly exceed these basic requirements for growth – least of all water?

There are numerous permanent irrigation solutions available on the market, supplied either as part of the planter/green roof solution or as optional extras – and these can either be automated or manually operated.

Irrigation of Intensive Green Roof Systems

Extensive green roof at Pets at Home, Hedge End Retail Park, Southampton.

Why go to all the expense of providing a system, actually either intensive or extensive, and plantings and possibly missing out on years of enjoyment for a small increase in the installation cost?

Irrigation of Intensive Green Roof Systems

Chester Bus Interchange extensive green roof, UK.

Permanent Irrigation Components

Typically, but not necessarily exclusively, a permanent irrigation system includes the following components:

1. Mains water and power
2. Tank, pump and housing
3. Control box or programmer
4. Water feed pipes, solenoids and associated signal cabling
5. A means of applying the water, i.e., drippers or pop-up sprinklers
6. Finally, training!

There’s little point in offering an automatic irrigation system unless the operator understands how to program and operate the controls.  Training for the FM (facilities management) provider or client is very important unless the irrigation system is operated remotely by a third party via the web.

This all might sound a bit complicated and another problem to think about, but you might be surprised at how compact and simple some of the systems are.

Irrigation of Intensive Green Roof Systems

An integrated glasshouse for student projects on one of the green roofs at the School of Architecture and Construction, University of Greenwich.

Built-in Irrigation Reservoirs

Alternatively, if your pockets don’t stretch for an automated system, then there are many other non-automated solutions that could make a big difference to the performance, health and longevity of your planting – if there is a maintenance provider to actually manage them, regularly.

Irrigation of Intensive Green Roof Systems

Material Store, West London.

Uniform planting – where there is a single form of planting such herbaceous perennials within an area of green roof then the application of water can be controlled by a single solenoid – a pressure compensated drip line can be installed and secured on the substrate surface, usually under the mulch layer.  At the appropriate time of day (or night) the irrigation controller turns the water supply on for a set duration so irrigating the plants uniformly.

Mixed planting – where the planting is mixed, i.e., lawn, trees and herbaceous, then the theory remains the same but the method of application may vary, i.e., drip line for some areas and pop up sprinklers for the lawn.  Each distinct type of planting could require its own solenoid to take into account the duration and quantity of water that is required for that particular type of planting.

Over application – to avoid over application of water to the planting beds, a simple soil moisture meter or rain gauge is incorporated into the control system circuit.  This enables the irrigation controller to tailor the amount of water applied to each of the areas.  However, owing to the proximity of some green roofs to building facades and the potential problems this could present with regards to rain shadow, or that radiated from the adjacent surfaces, more than one moisture sensor may be required and each one carefully located to reflect an accurate and true moisture reading.

By specifying the correct green roof system or planter to suit the final planting density and, very importantly, the carefully considered plant selection, applying sound annual horticultural practices such as mulching, feeding, a structured maintenance programme, and installing plants at a size that enables slow acclimatisation to their new environment can mean less reliance on expensive permanent irrigation systems.


Irrigation of Intensive Green Roof Systems

A custom made ‘garden table’ doubles up as the housing for a tank, pump, and controller unit for a mixed planting scheme in London.

It’s simple, unobtrusive and I expect most people wouldn’t even realize what was inside it as the pump operates during the night when the garden is less frequented. Alternatively, for larger and noisier units, the tank, pump, and controller can be located within a dedicated plant room away from the garden.

Consider Irrigation of Intensive Green Roof Systems Early

None of the above removes the requirement for good sound horticultural practice such as weeding, seasonal mulching, thinning out the plantings, appropriate feeding or installing the plants at a size that enables them to slowly acclimatise to their new environment.

Nor does it mean that the planting scheme should be less well adapted to cope with those peaks in temperatures that we’re increasingly experiencing.  Including an irrigation system shouldn’t be seen as a temporary fix to enable unsuitable plantings to struggle through prolonged periods of high temperatures.

Irrigation of Intensive Green Roof Systems

University of Greenwich.

We’re seeing increasing requests from clients to retrofit permanent irrigation systems on established, but possibly struggling, green roofs and planters.  These retrofits are not only expensive, but cause disruption to tenants and client who are occupying the premises – disruption and expense that could have been avoided with more initial discussion during the concept and design stages of the project.

So to summarise, we are undoubtedly experiencing more frequent periods of unseasonably higher temperatures.  Combine this with the already demanding environments of roofs, planters, and facades where we expect plants to not only grow, but to thrive.  We need to be re-looking and re-appraising all aspects of the systems that we are offering – and asking ourselves ‘Can we do better?’  Only in this way can we help, in our small way, to make our urban spaces the pleasurable environments that they really ought to be.

~ By Adrian Culling

Irrigation of Intensive Green Roof Systems

Adrian Culling returned to university to study for a degree in horticulture at Pershore College in Worcestershire in the late 90s.  He has worked within the green roof industry, at Blackdown, for more than 10 years.  Prior to this Adrian worked within private & public horticultural sectors of the industry and has been awarded medals at both RHS Hampton and Chelsea.  Prior to retraining he worked within the environmental research industry in the UK and Europe.

Blackdown Green Roofs are available in three broad application categories including Extensive, Biodiverse, and Intensive and offer engineered living roof systems which are fully compatible with Alumasc Roofing System‘s warranted waterproofing ranges.

Contact Adrian Culling at info@alumasc-exteriors.co.uk and 03335 771 500.

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week for August 27, 2018: Pennsylvania State Capitol East Wing Plaza

August 27, 2018 at 11:55 am

Pennsylvania State Capitol East Wing Plaza

Pennsylvania State Capitol East Wing Plaza
Harrisburg, PA, USA
259,350 sf. Overstructure Greenroof

Pennsylvania State Capitol East Wing Plaza

The Capitol Complex in August, 2016, soon after renovation. Photo: PACapitol.com.

Greenroofs.com Project of the Week: August 27, 2018

Overstructure plazas are rather commonplace within state and federal governments, with parking space usually found below.  Many times they are just solid concrete.  Then why not install vegetation and public parklike space over these public areas when possible with greenroofs?

Of course, many governmental entities have done just that.  By doing so, a wide array of social gathering places have been created that offer so many environmental, health, and reintroduction of nature benefits to the urban fabric.

Pennsylvania State Capitol East Wing Plaza

And, in return, the government property’s life span has just increased incredibly making the investment economically sound as well!  Kudos to the many ecologically civic-minded governments and their constituents across the globe.

The Pennsylvania State Capitol building certainly is “a priceless architectural and artistic treasure, a majestic symbol of history and power, and an icon of democracy and freedom,” (PACapitol.com) and the Pennsylvania State Capitol East Wing Plaza is a particularly beautiful and sensitive greenroof project.

Pennsylvania State Capitol East Wing Plaza

Mini Description & Details

Completed in 1906, the beautiful Beaux-Arts style Pennsylvania State Capitol is the sprawling home to Pennsylvania’s state government, sitting on the southwestern area of Harrisburg upon a broad hill facing westward toward the Susquehanna River.  The East Wing is a 1987 Complex addition designed by Celli-Flynn Brennan in the post-modern style of the Italian Renaissance.

Recently, the entire complex underwent an over $19 million project renovation.  Designed by Vitetta Architects & Engineers, the new Pennsylvania State Capitol East Wing includes a new intensive greenroof built into the main plaza which frames the Pennsylvania War Veterans’ Memorial Fountain, the building, and the Capitol Dome.

Pennsylvania State Capitol East Wing Plaza

Pennsylvania State Capitol East Wing Plaza

The building renovation provided modern green roof technology in place of an aging, legacy green roof on a project originally installed more than three decades ago.  The East Wing required new waterproofing below the paver and pedestal system on top of the underground garage and about half of the project included planters and 40,000 square feet of vertical surfaces.

The waterproofing solutions were provided by Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing.

Pennsylvania State Capitol East Wing Plaza

Pennsylvania State Capitol East Wing Plaza

All of the landscaping and existing site soils covering over 260,000 square feet of area were removed.  To stand up to the test of time, rooflite® engineered a new custom soil blend that was both efficient and cost effective, the rooflite intensive 800.

299 tractor trailer loads of growing media were pneumatically installed.

Pennsylvania State Capitol East Wing Plaza

Google Maps screenshot of the Pennsylvania Capitol East Wing Plaza during renovation.

Pennsylvania State Capitol East Wing Plaza


The classic majesty of Pennsylvania Capitol’s East Wing was restored, with sweeping walkways of granite pavers, seating areas, and planting beds with a multitude of trees and flowering bushes and perennials complementing the Renaissance Revival architecture.  Veterans’ Memorial Fountain, located behind the East Wing, generates computerized water displays for visitors and state workers during warm months.

Logistics were a special challenge for this National Historic Landmark because Congress was in session throughout the installation, but the Pennsylvania State Capitol is thriving and bringing nature to the East Wing Plaza for visitors, legislators, and the public alike.

Pennsylvania State Capitol East Wing Plaza

Pennsylvania State Capitol East Wing Plaza

Pennsylvania State Capitol East Wing Plaza

Year: 2016
Owner: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Location: Harrisburg, PA, USA
Building Type: Municipal/Government
Type: Intensive
System: Custom
Size: 42000 sq.ft.
Slope: 2%
Access: Accessible, Open to Public

Pennsylvania State Capitol East Wing Plaza

Pennsylvania State Capitol East Wing Plaza

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Original East Wing Addition Architect: Celli-Flynn Brennan
East Wing Renovation: Vitetta Architects & Engineers
Green Roof Design: Vitetta
Construction Management: Reynolds Construction Management
Waterproofing: TREMproof(R) 250GC Cold Fluid-Applied Elastomeric Waterproofing Membrane, Tremco Commercial Sealants & Waterproofing
Waterproofing Contractor: D.A. Nolt
Growing Media:  rooflite® intensive 800
rooflite Blender: Laurel Valley Soils
Growing Media Blower: Downes Forest Products
Plant Installation: Tilson Group
Drainage: TREMDrain(R) GS, Tremco

Pennsylvania State Capitol East Wing Plaza

Pennsylvania State Capitol East Wing Plaza

All the Info:

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Pennsylvania State Capitol East Wing Plaza

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Love the Earth, Plant a Roof (or Wall)!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summits Host

Learn About the Rain: ARCSA 2018 Rainwater Harvesting Conference

August 20, 2018 at 3:26 pm

ARCSA 2018 Rainwater Harvesting Conference

ARCSA 2018 Rainwater Harvesting Conference

For almost 25 years ARCSA, the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association, has promoted rainwater harvesting throughout the United States and the world.

ARCSA 2018 Rainwater Harvesting Conference

On September 29 to October 2, ARCSA will be having its 2018 Annual Conference and EXPO at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA in collaboration with the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) 2018 Conference, held on September 28 to October 3.  This year’s theme is “Storming Weather Challenges.”

ARCSA 2018 Rainwater Harvesting Conference

ARCSA’s 2018 Conference features an outstanding lineup of industry leaders and innovators.  Conference attendees will hear from experts on the intersection of rainwater harvesting with a number of critical issues, including disaster preparedness, water management infrastructure, sustainable communities, and climate change.  This year’s conference will also feature a number of opportunities to network with industry colleagues, including a special evening social event.

Why collect rainwater?  A holistic solution

ARCSA 2018 Rainwater Harvesting Conference

Southface Energy Institute in Atlanta, GA is a nonprofit organization that for more than 30 years has promoted energy, water and resource efficient workplaces, homes and communities throughout the Southeast. In their new Eco Office a cistern was placed on the roof collecting water from a photovoltaic roof to supply water for their toilets, green roof irrigation and to cool the ac units to be more efficient. After several years of use I was asked to upgrade the system – click to learn more. Also, see the Southface Eco Institute in the Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

Rainwater harvesting is the accumulation and storing of rainwater for a later use before it hits the ground.

In my opinion, rainwater is one of the most holistic solutions to help increase our water supply.  Rainwater is created holistically from solar energy evaporating the water from the earth’s surface and cleaning it naturally as it rises.  No energy is required for collection as gravity brings it back to earth clean.

After landing on a roof the rainwater harvesting system collects and filters water into tanks through the design using first flush technology, diverting the filth washed from the roof and allowing the clean mineral free water to be stored in the tank.  At this point no energy has been used.  By collecting water onsite, only a little energy is needed if gravity needs to be overcome to carry the water to its destination.

ARCSA 2018 Rainwater Harvesting Conference

Trees Atlanta Rainwater Harvest System at The Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Trees Atlanta is a nationally recognized non-profit citizens’ group that protects and improves Atlanta’s urban forest. They were given the opportunity to collect rainwater off of the roofs of the Holder, Hunt, Russell, Moody contractors’ trailers for the duration of The Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United, construction period of approximately 3 years. The water was used to supplement the water needs for their downtown plantings. The collection area was almost 8000 square feet and the tanks used could hold 7300 gallons of water. This amount could cover about 50-75% of their water needs depending on the weather patterns.

Rainwater harvesting makes so much sense.  It seems illogical to get water any other way even though we have to capture it somehow.  Lakes lose much of their storage through evaporation and seepage back into the ground.  Many wells are not being recharged in a sustainable fashion.

By creating a decentralized water system through utility and private sector investments our centralized water system can be complemented.  Wells are running dry and lakes collect pollution.

ARCSA 2018 Rainwater Harvesting Conference

Private Atlanta Garden: After several decades an urban gardener who had used only the natural cycle of nature to water his plants decided to extend his growing season by using rainwater. Two tanks were installed: the 650 gallon tank collects approximately 400 gallons of water per 1 inch of rain from the roof and then pumps it to a 2500 gallon tank over 200 feet behind the house. The large tank uses gravity to water the 1800 square foot garden. The system delivers approximately 3000 gallons of water for the garden. The pump also pressurizes water for the smaller tank near the house for other outdoor water use.

More needs to be done to sustain these resources, but by collecting enough water from the rain and using it wisely you should never run out.  Remember, it rains almost everywhere!

A brief history of ARCSA

“In 1994, Dr. Hari J. Krishna of Austin, Texas founded the 501(c)(3) non-profit American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) to bring renewed attention to the ancient practice of rainwater harvesting. For thousands of years collecting rainwater was a common method for providing water, but over the last century, wells and municipal water supplies took over as primary water sources.

The diminishing supply of fresh water in wells and aquifers, concerns of quality and population growth are among the top reasons for the resurgence of rainwater catchment. The American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) was created to promote sustainable rainwater harvesting practices throughout the United States and the world.

Our top promotional efforts include: creating a favorable regulatory atmosphere, creating a resource pool and educating professionals and the general public regarding safe rainwater design, installation and maintenance practices. A board of nine directors steers the initiatives of ARCSA and is augmented by regional directors located in various parts of the United States as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Europe. Together these directors spearhead community outreach, conferences, workshops and membership promotion to raise awareness.

Being a worldwide organization, ARCSA funds a virtual hub at www.arcsa.org. This cyber home offers the public a vast array of information and resources including a project gallery, workshop calendar, course agendas, professional location directory, and more. ARCSA is a membership-based organization whose benefits include access to leading news about the technology and advancements in rainwater catchment. The site establishes a forum for members to share and gain knowledge about the growing industry.

Members include professionals working in city, state, and federal government, academia, manufacturers and suppliers of rainwater harvesting equipment, consultants, as well as backyard amateurs and other interested individuals. This grass-roots organization is on the leading edge of the rainwater harvesting industry. While the spotlight shines brightly on the issue of alternative energy and general sustainability, ARCSA is providing the much-needed expertise and standards to integrate rainwater harvesting back into a prominent role providing water for potable and non-potable purposes.

ARCSA is the first organization to create training and certification for professionals in the rainwater harvesting industry, and has created a suite of training products that can lead to “Accreditation” and our post-graduate level “Certified Professional” status.” ~ ARCSA Foundation


Below is a list of Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) that shows the wide range of organizations with whom ARCSA collaborates:

International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials – Ontario, CA
Irrigation Association – Falls Church, VA
Florida Green Building Coalition – Tallahassee, FL
University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program – Honolulu, HI
Friendly Water for the World – Olympia, WA
Plumbing Manufacturers International – Rolling Meadows, IL
International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance – Geneva, Switzerland
American Society of Plumbing Engineers – Rosemont, IL
The Cabell Brand Center – Roanoke, VA
Canadian Association for Rainwater Management – Victoria, BC
Santa Fe Community College – Santa Fe, NM
Alliance for Water-Efficiency – Chicago, IL
• John Deere Green Tech
Plumbers & Gasfitters of Local 5 – Washington, DC
Green Builder Coalition
Green Water-Infrastructure Academy
Gaia College
Florida Home Builders Association
Canadian Water Quality Association
Blue Frontiers LTE
Laborers International Union of North America

ARCSA 2018 Rainwater Harvesting Conference early bird pricing through August 28

ARCSA 2018 Rainwater Harvesting Conference

Early bird pricing for the ARCSA 2018 Rainwater Harvesting Conference is in effect through August 28th, so register today and save.  During the early bird registration period, ARCSA members save an additional $100 compared to the non-member rate, so if you’re not yet a member, be sure to join ARCSA or renew your membership!

For more information on this year’s conference, visit the ARCSA 2018 Rainwater Harvesting Conference website.

~ By Steve Williams, ARCSA AP, LEED AP, The Rain Saver

ARCSA 2018 Rainwater Harvesting Conference

After 20 years in photography, Steve Williams decided to change careers and make the world a better place by becoming a LEED Accredited Professional through the US Green Building Council. All the things that he learned through study and living environmentally consciously could be applied through LEED into building practices. LEED also introduced Steve to water issues. Then there was drought. From a love of rivers and appreciation of water he decided to focus on rainwater harvesting, stormwater, and water efficiency and The Rain Saver was born.

Since 2007, Steve started designing and installing rain harvesting systems. In 2008 Steve became an American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association Accredited Professional, ARCSA AP, and is currently the regional rep. In 2012 he began auditing commercial, institutional and multifamily buildings water use and providing solutions to reduce water use primarily through fixture upgrades. Steve also created a plan for Atlanta and other cities to use rainwater harvesting as a stormwater utility providing affordable rainwater systems for those that cannot afford them. To see the plans he created click here. They can be applied in moderate to wet climates, which include the Rainwater Harvesting Stormwater Utility (PDF) and The Tank Plan (PDF). You can also see several studies by Santosh R. Ghimire, Ph.D. comparing rainwater harvesting to domestic water systems.

Currently, Steve is designing and installing rainwater systems in Georgia and helping others use water more efficiently through water audits and fixture upgrades. Steve is currently Chair of the Ocmulgee Basin Advisory Committee of the Metro North Georgia Water Planning District and has been active since 2007.

Contact Steve Williams at: 404-234-1538 or therainsaver@icloud.com.