Peter Yolles

CEO, WaterSmart

Water is what makes our state go.... It’s clear that [with today’s climate and today’s infrastructure, it’s insufficient for us to maintain our way of life.

Peter Yolles sees that California doesn’t have enough water to maintain our current way of life. Yolles has decades of experience in water conservation and efficiency, from being Director of Water Resource Protection for The Nature Conservancy, to his time as Vice President at Western Water Company. Currently, as founder and Chief Policy Officer of WaterSmart, he leads WaterSmart’s governmental and regulatory affairs activities in addition to new market development.

Yolles earned his MBA in Finance from the Yale School of Management and an MES in Water Science, Management and Policy from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Peter Yolles's Simple Shift

Since we purchased our home 13 years ago we've been reducing our water use every year. In fact, we started off in 2001 with a total water use of 300,000 gallons. Last year, it was 100,000 gallons.

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