Students Create New Guidance Document on Decentralized Systems

Bren School of Environmental Science and Management

Inspired by WERF's project on When to Consider Distributed Systems in an Urban and Suburban Context, students at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, created a new guidance document on decentralized systems as part of their Master’s Thesis Project. The goal of the project was to summarize and compare the economic, social and environmental parameters of existing, innovative, “decentralized” wastewater treatment technologies. The guidance document that was developed helps stakeholders in Santa Barbara County, such as architects, planners, and others, make informed decisions when considering decentralized technologies to meet wastewater treatment and reuse needs. The Bren School team also applied the information they gathered to a case study for “The Children’s Project Academy” – a proposed residential boarding school for foster children in Santa Barbara County. Although the guidance was developed for Santa Barbara County, the document could serve as an excellent resource for other local communities who wish to develop their own guidance.

Download the Guidance Document [PDF, 3.6 MB]