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 variety of public service roles including an advisory role for the 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 leads the (green) plumbing codes investigation for the Green Codes Investigative Committee for the Hawaii State Building Code Council (2013-present). She has also volunteered her time as a (Co)-Project Manager for the Hawaii Engineers Without Borders Chapter. In addition, she serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Water Institute for Sustainability Education (WISE) and as well 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."
Polina Carlson specializes in graphic and AutoCAD design. At REDI, she combines her love of nature with her sense of aesthetics, design, and technical skills, to support the planning and design development of projects.
Polina earned her Master's Degree in Communication from the Hawaii Pacific University where she also learned web and graphic design. Her passion in this field led her to publish several articles focused on the subject of communication through art and design. Her academic background also included the study of photography at the International Center of Photography in Sochi, Russia.
She enjoys taking part in volunteer community activities that support the regeneration of local ecologies and those that further her design inspirations from the beauty of nature. Other interests include tennis and running. She is a 2020 U.S. Marathon Olympic Trials Qualifier, 1st American finisher at the 2018 Honolulu marathon, 5 x Great Aloha Run winner.
Ashley serves as REDI's Project Manager on Hawaii Island. She helps to manage projects, provide water quality monitoring and testing, operational and maintenance support, green infrastructure research and outreach and education for the Follow the Drop program. She has a diverse background of experience that includes environmental education, renewable energy research, green building 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 from the University of Virginia and a Master’s 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 green infrastructure will help to protect and enhance the beauty and natural resources of Hawaii and beyond.
partners & affiliates
John Todd Ecological Design
Ocean Arks Int.
ECO Lake Solutions
LAULEA Engineering, LLC