Tech Tours

Monday, May 13, 2013 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Don’t miss out on these fantastic opportunities to learn about and see for yourself two projects that represent the epitome of sustainable planning and futuristic innovation.

Sign up for one of these workshop/tours. Space is limited so reservations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Advanced security clearances will be required and you must be able to present a government issued photo ID on the day of the tours. A small registration fee will be charged to cover the cost of transportation to the sites. See the conference registration form at:

City of San Diego’s Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Project
The City of San Diego is evaluating the feasibility of using advanced treatment technology to produce water that can be sent to the San Vicente Reservoir and later distributed as potable water. The goal is to diversify San Diego’s water supply and reduce dependence on imported water. You’ll see the Advanced Treatment Pilot Plant and the San Vicente Reservoir.
Living Machines ®– Wetland Wastewater Treatment at the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot (MCRD)
The Living Machine® system extracts wastewater from an existing sewer line at the Marine Corps base and treats it to meet California’s rigorous water reuse standards. It diverts 3.7 million gallons of water per year from the San Diego sewer system, saves energy by using less that 13,000 kWh annually, and provides secure, reliable, onsite ecological water reuse, thereby reducing dependency on external resources and improves the Marine Corps’ mission readiness.
Behind the Scenes Look at Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina Green Initiatives
Monday, May 13, 2013 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
There is no extra charge for this tour, but you must sign up in advance on the registration form.
APWA is committed to hosting the Sustainability in Public Works Conference at venues that share our commitment to sustainable principles. The Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina holds a GOLD Seal in Environmental Standards for Lodging Properties. The hotel has invited APWA conference attendees to take a look behind the scenes at their whole building approach to sustainability including: water efficiency efforts, energy demand control systems, fuel cell power technology, efficient lighting systems, food waste and solid waste recycling, low-emitting materials program (adhesives, sealants, paint, carpet, cleaning chemicals,) and biodiversity management of the marina.
Shades of Green – Small to Large Sustainability Projects 
Classroom Workshop
Monday, May 13, 2013 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Since the 1990s, the City of Chula Vista, California has been committed to improving community quality of life through environmental sustainability initiatives. They’ve garnered multiple awards and national recognition and they are excited about the opportunity to share and showcase how they have successfully integrated sustainable principles into operations, engineering, and capital improvement processes. If they can do it, your public works operation can too! So sign up for this fun and interactive workshop, and take home with you a wealth of ideas and implementable action steps.