Meet the Team
Eliza Jane Whitman, PE, LEED AP, ENV SP, QSP
Founder and President of EW Consulting, Inc.
Ms. Whitman has more than 25 years of engineering and management experience in all types of infrastructure, water, environmental, and energy issues world-wide. Her experience in infrastructure, water and environmental work includes both water and wastewater treatment, sewers, stormwater, recycled water, air emissions, and regulatory requirements. Many of the water and wastewater projects involved automation improvements, database development and analysis, upgrades, and expansions. Also, she has been involved in strategy development, technical advisory reviews, managing project and program planning and designs, construction and operations of major water and infrastructure projects for international, federal, state and local agencies and private utilities and developers in the United States, Europe and Asia. She has also managed several projects for the State Water Resources Control Board, Department of Energy, California Energy Commission and California Public Utility Commission for energy efficiency, renewables and distributed energy at a water agency.
Rebecca Drayse, ENV SP, has extensive experience working with diverse interests to find consensus-based, cost-effective solutions to urban environmental problems. She has played a leadership role in engaging stakeholders and achieving consensus in successful local planning efforts, including the first Los Angeles Integrated Regional Water Management Plan, the One Water LA 2040 Plan, and the Sun Valley Watershed Management Plan. She has directed strategy and message development for commun ity engagement campaigns that have broadened participation from diverse stakeholders and achieved strong community and political support. Ms. Drayse has developed strategy documents for overcoming regulatory barriers to implementing multi-benefit regional projects and has helped secure grants and funding for number of high-profile stormwater capture demonstration projects. She has also participated in the development of state legislation and local and state regulations, including the Stormwater Resources Planning Act (SB 790), the City of Los Angeles Low Impact Development Ordinance, and the County of Los Angeles Rainwater Harvesting Guidelines.
Mr. Clifton has more than 36 years of experience in planning, designing, estimating and constructing facilities in the water and wastewater reclamation; recycle water, water conservation, renewable energy, composting, power production, potable and recycled water pipeline distribution, and commercial/industrial fields for approximately $1.5 billion in total value. He has planned, designed and constructed over 110 miles of pipelines. He has over 21 years of experience program and project budget management, plus program and project estimating and scheduling utilizing Primavera 3 and Microsoft Project software programs. In addition, Mr. Clifton has over 9 years of general contracting and estimating experience as a project manager/superintendent for power, water, wastewater, bridges and cogeneration facilities, up to $130 million in value. Some of Mr. Clifton’s accomplishments include, but are not limited to: the first and largest Platinum LEED-rated energy efficient headquarters by a public agency in the nation, first centralized Plug Flow and European style digester facility in the nation, using a combination of dairy manure and industrial food waste, helped to sponsor California’s first legislation to authorize a “net metering” program for energy generated through “cow power”, and was the first public agency to use the net metering program. In addition, he has designed and constructed 16 renewable and/or combined cycle generation facilities, including an organic Rankin cycle, Sterling, micro-turbine, chilled water storage and absorption chillers from waste heat, photo voltaic, biological biogas cleaning, biogas distribution network, and conventional advanced biogas cleaning systems.
Dr. John Rosenblum has been an industrial water and energy efficiency consultant for 28 years. Before becoming an independent consultant, John was responsible for the design and operation of wastewater treatment facilities and management of hazardous waste for metal-finishing and semiconductor-fabrication at National Semiconductor Corporations. Dr. Rosenblum’s engineering expertise is in energy-efficient design and operation of municipal and industrial water and wastewater facilities. He has completed research focused on the thermodynamics of energy production and utilization and cost-effective integration of solar cogeneration, waster/energy efficiency, and waste minimization in the food-processing industry. Over the past 30 years, John has combined analyses of operational data, utility billings, and site-specific conditions across a broad range of industries and many different production processes, including very large and very small municipal wastewater treatment plants, semiconductor manufacturing, precision plating, Printed Circuit Boards, laundries, wineries, dairy products, fruit, and vegetable canning, carbonated and natural beverages, slaughterhouse, petrochemical refineries, food biogums, and cruise ships.
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