Who We Are

 
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Marilee Kuhlmann

Marilee has committed herself to improving the landscape of Los Angeles.  She sees potential, applies alternative, responsible, sustainable principles and develops projects that consider land stewardship, potential local impact, water conservation, soil health, and the overall environment. She has participated in award-winning rainwater harvesting projects, LEED projects, water conservation demonstration gardens for public agencies and gardens funded by Santa Monica Sustainable Landscape Grants. As President of Urban Water Group, Inc. she oversees the design, budgeting and construction management of each project, drawing on her expertise in rain water harvesting, infiltration systems, LID (Low Impact Development) Best Management Practices, climate appropriate planting, and efficient use of potable and alternative water sources.

Marilee also currently serves as a member of the Los Angeles Community Forest Advisory Committee, as a landscape consultant for the City of Santa Monica, as a board member of the Southern California Horticultural Society,  and speaks to groups all over southern California about water conservation and the importance of watershed awareness.

 

Tom Rau

Tom is a licensed landscape architect dedicated to designing drought resilient landscapes in residential, commercial and public settings. He directs site planning and landscape architecture design with an emphasis on integrating the landscape elements, plant communities and rain harvesting systems to meet both aesthetic and functional objectives, and is also responsible for coordinating with consultants and permitting.  A graduate of the Landscape Architecture Program at UCLA Extension, Tom also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from UC Berkeley, and an MBA from USC. He has extensive experience in real estate development and project management, and is the Chief Financial Officer of Urban Water Group, Inc.

Additionally, Tom is an instructor for the UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture Program, and has taught design and installation workshops for Surfrider  Ocean Friendly Gardens Program, G3 Green Gardens Group, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, West Basin municipal Water District, and has contributed articles to The Journal of Green Building, Sunset magazine and Pacific Horticulture Magazine.

 

Jeff Palmer

Jeff is a landscape designer with Urban Water Group and is committed to sustainable landscape design and to developing beautiful and functional ecological infrastructure at many scales. He holds a Bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture.