our core team
Lauren C. Roth Venu
Founding Principal & Project Director
Lauren Roth Venu is passionate about developing strategic, innovative solutions to build water resiliency. As the Founding Principal of Roth Ecological Design Int. LLC, Lauren strives to bridge her background in ecological design, the water sciences and policy to elevate site design by maximizing onsite water conservation, reuse and stormwater recharge practices that meet the triple bottom line. Her educational background includes B.A. in Environmental Science with a specialty in Water from the University of Colorado at Boulder; a Master of Science in Oceanography from the University of Hawai‛i at Manoa; a graduate of the Proper.net Leadership Program from the United Nations University / East-West Center; and is a fellow of the 2015 Water Leadership Institute (Water Environment Federation).
Lauren is a frequent lecturer and published author on ecological design and green (water) infrastructure. She also has served on a variety of public service roles including an advisory role for the State of Hawaii Water Security Advisory Group (2017), State of Hawai'i Water Conservation Plan Committee (2011-2013); member of the City and County of Honolulu Sustainable Building Task Force of which she chaired the Water and Wastewater Sub-Committee (2010-2011); the State of Hawaii Department of Health Water Reuse Guidelines Advisory Committee (2013-2016); and as Chair of the Hawaii Chapter United States Green Building Council Advocacy Committee she led the (green) plumbing codes investigation for the Green Codes Investigative Committee for the Hawaii State Building Code Council (2013-2018). She has also volunteered her time as a (Co)-Project Manager for the Hawaii Engineers Without Borders Chapter. In addition, she serves as a Board of Directors member for 'Ahahui Malama I Ka Lokahi. Some of Lauren's accolades include: a Region 9 Environmental Protection Agency awarded project (2005); being named one of the "Top Forty Under Forty Business Leaders" by Pacific Business News (2014); and named by Pacific Edge Magazine (2015) as an "Emerging Leader in Design."
Ashley serves as a Design Associate and Project Manager for REDI on Hawaii Island. She provides technical analysis, modeling, graphic design as well as management of projects including ongoing water quality monitoring and operational and maintenance support for REDI's clients. Ashley has a diverse background of experience that includes green building, renewable energy research, environmental education, and agriculture. Her career path has been shaped by her interest in biomimicry, graphic design, inspiring youth, bioremediation, native ecology and integrating the ‘softer side’ of science (i.e. community, culture, communication). Her work and volunteer experiences have taken her to different parts of the world where she has worked in a variety of settings, including laboratories, industrial facilities, offices, classrooms, farms/gardens, and the wilderness including the rain forests in Costa Rica.
Ashley has a Bachelor of Science in the College of Engineering from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Her Master's program focused on stormwater management, geographic information systems (GIS), wastewater treatment science/local issues, Hawaii ecosystems and bioremediation.
She loves troubleshooting, working with plants and collaborating with a variety of stakeholders. She hopes her work in ecological design will help to protect and enhance the beauty and natural resources of Hawaii and beyond.
Omer serves as a CAD Technician for REDI. Omer has a Bachelors of Science in Bioenvironmental Engineering from the College of Engineering at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
He has served over 10 years as an Environmental Engineer and Remedial Project Manager at full-service environmental engineering consulting firms. Professional experience includes but is not limited to: managing environmental and urban planning design plans and specifications; expertise in LID, remedial investigation and design; and computer aided drafting (CAD) operation.
partners & affiliates
John Todd Ecological Design
Ocean Arks Int.
ECO Lake Solutions
LAULEA Engineering, LLC