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Aliso Viejo News (Newspaper) - May 21, 2015, Aliso Viejo, California Aliso Viejo news an edition of the Register thursday May 21, 2015 ocre6istiit.com/ausovicjo Darnell Renee. Contributing photographer graphics by w umin.��������.hi.���. City focusing on Long term conservation practices by Christopher Vee staff writer water conservation was the main topic of a recent discussion it the eco strides sixth annual sustainability forum in Aliso Viejo. Eco stride owned by City councilman Ross Chun focuses on developing sustainable practices for new construction and existing building projects. The annual forum brings together construction and environmental experts with Public agencies and Community members to discuss practices for improving sustainability. This years event May 12 featured talks from Brian Smith founder of signature control systems Mike Balsamo president of the builders Industry of America Orange county chapter Marilyn Smith Aliso Viejo Community association general manager and Leobardo Charny regional irrigation adviser for Valley rest i landscape companies. Each speaker discussed the ways their operations were handling the drought. During his presentation about signatures smart irrigation system controllers which glean when and How much to water via satellite data Smith said the conversation about what can in done now to help the drought is important but should t be us Only topic of discussion. A logic has us thinking what can we do Quot Smith said. A your theory in t to talk about the obvious but what we can do As our next sustainability solutions of the future were on the minds of several other attendees too. For the first time in the events history students from Soka University of America were invited to participate. The students from Deike i Viers environmental design class listened to the talks and presented their year end projects Complete overhauls of the Soka Campus with sustainability in mind during the events intermission. The redesigns included ideas As simple As replacing turf with Groves of indigenous Trees to ideas As Radical As solar panelled roads for bicycle riders. Sophomore Jade James 21said Ute forum helped her differentiate Between the academic design concepts she Learned in class and the approaches taken by businesses and civic organizations. A for our projects or. Inters encouraged us to to As creative a possible Quot James said. A businesses and municipalities have to represent Many Mort interests. Its much easier when you Don t represent any mayor monetary investments Quot meanwhile Sophomore Joshua Gaastra 20, said the forum got him thinking about Ute possibility of attending graduate school. A environmental design provides a Strong base for business or even architecture a Gaastra said. A sustainability Isnit a Niche its part of everything these Days and it la be an even bigger part of the for the Best what s your favorite Hank fitness Conter Hospital Orang county residents can vote in these and other categories in the Register s annual Best of Orange county contest through May 31 participants can win special prints include log a $500 grand at Voto Obest

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